Red Sox’ Xander Bogaerts Is Baseball’s Top Prospect

March 1, 2014 2:01 PM
Red Sox’ Xander Bogaerts Is Baseball’s Top Prospect
By Rich Arleo

" CBS Local Sports, as part of our “30 Players 30 Days” spring training feature, is profiling one young player from each Major League Baseball team leading up to opening day.

Xander Bogaerts, Infielder, Boston Red Sox

2013 season (minors): 116 G, 444 AB, .297 BA, 15 HR, 67 RBI, 7 SB, .865 OPS

2013 season (majors): 18 G, 44 AB, .250 BA, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB, .684 OPS

The Red Sox 2013 World Series celebration may just be winding down. But with an influx of young talent ready to crack the big league roster in 2014, the future may be even brighter.

Xander Bogaerts is not only the Red Sox’ top prospect, but widely regarded as the top prospect in baseball. Even though he’s just 21 and has only a handful of plate appearances in the majors, he already has something that takes many players years to get – a World Series ring. Bogaerts actually played a big role in the Sox’ championship run, starting all six games at third base in the Fall Classic. He looked a bit overmatched at times – and rightfully so – with his first look at big league pitching "

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