Bogaerts Working On Consistency

SALEM, VA - Working on and fine-tuning the defensive part of his game was Xander Bogaerts' main focal point during the offseason and throughout Spring Training. Hitting coach Rich Gedman and manager Billy McMillon agree on the importance of defense but think an area of more significance is Bogaerts' ability to be consistent all season.

"I had a hell of a Spring Training, I couldn't ask for better," Bogaerts said. "My defense was really good; I didn't make an error until the very last ball hit to me in Spring Training. I like defense more than I do offense, so it's the area I prefer to work on."

When asked what he saw from Bogaerts during spring training, Gedman replied by saying "it's not what I see in him, it's what he sees in himself. The thing I worry about is self-induced pressure. He needs to be consistent in his approach daily."

Gedman went on to say that there's added pressure for a player like Bogaerts because of high expectations.

"The more he plays, the better he'll be," McMillon said. "With Xander, he needs more experience and just to focus on what he needs to do to be a better player. He's doing what we want him to do so far."

Bogaerts' swing hasn't been there for him yet to start the season, but he's hopeful he will find it in the coming days. He did record a couple of hits in the Sox home opener on Friday, however, and is batting .286 through elven games. At the plate is where Bogaerts wants to improve most this year. He has simplified his approach and is relaxing more without being overly aggressive.

"I'm trying to be more consistent in my hitting and also in my defense," Bogaerts said. "Getting mentally stronger is something that I've been trying to do also."

Making adjustments is something every player needs to do if he wants to be successful, and Bogaerts is no different. Being from Aruba, he didn't often come into contact with cold weather like he'll have to endure in Salem. Making his routine more of a routine is how he can overcome adversities and have a good 2012 season.

"I think he can be very successful," said Gedman when asked how much potential Bogaerts has. "The main thing with him is he has to trust himself to be as successful as he wants to be in this game."

"He's got a lot of ability," McMillon added. "If he stays healthy he should have a fine season. It's about getting mentally and physically better, and by playing more games he'll develop that consistency."

Bogaerts sets high expectations for himself and hopes that he can have a season this year like he did for Greenville last season or even surpass his numbers from a year ago.

"I'm just going out there every day and trying to do my best; that's when the best things will happen for me."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I had a hell of a Spring Training, I couldn't ask for better,\" Bogaerts said. \"My defense was really good; I didn't make an error until the very last ball hit to me in Spring Training. I like defense more than I do offense, so it's the area I prefer to work on.\"
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\r\nWhen asked what he saw from Bogaerts during spring training, Gedman replied by saying \"it's not what I see in him, it's what he sees in himself. The thing I worry about is self-induced pressure. He needs to be consistent in his approach daily.\"
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\r\nGedman went on to say that there's added pressure for a player like Bogaerts because of high expectations.
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\r\n\"The more he plays, the better he'll be,\" McMillon said. \"With Xander, he needs more experience and just to focus on what he needs to do to be a better player. He's doing what we want him to do so far.\"
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\r\nBogaerts' swing hasn't been there for him yet to start the season, but he's hopeful he will find it in the coming days. He did record a couple of hits in the Sox home opener on Friday, however, and is batting .286 through elven games.\r\nAt the plate is where Bogaerts wants to improve most this year. He has simplified his approach and is relaxing more without being overly aggressive.
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\r\n\"I'm trying to be more consistent in my hitting and also in my defense,\" Bogaerts said. \"Getting mentally stronger is something that I've been trying to do also.\"
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\r\nMaking adjustments is something every player needs to do if he wants to be successful, and Bogaerts is no different. Being from Aruba, he didn't often come into contact with cold weather like he'll have to endure in Salem. Making his routine more of a routine is how he can overcome adversities and have a good 2012 season.
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\r\n\"I think he can be very successful,\" said Gedman when asked how much potential Bogaerts has. \"The main thing with him is he has to trust himself to be as successful as he wants to be in this game.\"
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\r\n\"He's got a lot of ability,\" McMillon added. \"If he stays healthy he should have a fine season. It's about getting mentally and physically better, and by playing more games he'll develop that consistency.\"
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\r\nBogaerts sets high expectations for himself and hopes that he can have a season this year like he did for Greenville last season or even surpass his numbers from a year ago.
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\r\n\"I'm just going out there every day and trying to do my best; that's when the best things will happen for me.\"
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