Scouting Xander Bogaerts

The Red Sox farm system is beginning to look primed to produce some impact type players. Xander Bogaerts is one of the players leading that charge in the lower levels of their organization. Bogaerts' plate discipline has improved in 2012 and as a result his raw tools are really beginning to shine through.

Xander Bogaerts

Position: Shortstop
Organization: Boston Red Sox
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 175
Bats/Throws: R/R
Event Scouted: High-A All-Star Game

Expert's Take:

Xander Bogaerts is incredibly toolsy and does a lot of things that can impress an evaluator. But, you just can't take your eyes off what he can do at the plate. He works from a very relaxed stance, gets onto his back leg nicely and then flashes lightning fast bat speed. It is truly one of the fastest bats in minor league baseball.

Surprisingly, Bogaerts has been able to stay consistent while using a pretty high leg kick leading into his stride. It can sometimes lead to inconsistencies, but he's used it well by getting his weight back and transferring that weight back into his swing very nicely. Once he gets his foot back down, he's able to let the ball travel much deeper than most hitters could even consider. As a result, he's already fairly adept at driving the ball to the opposite field.

There's no doubt that the bat with carry Bogaerts. He has the potential to be a 30 home run bat at the next level and with the way his discipline is improving, he looks like he'll hit for average as well. Whether he ends up at third base or the outfield, his bat is going to play.

- Frankie Piliere

Scout Quote:

"This guy is just starting to tap into his capabilities. He's seeing the ball better at the plate this year. I saw him expand the zone a lot more last year. He's probably not a shortstop, but when you think about what his bat might be it doesn't really matter much. You won't find bat speed like his too often. You hear about the ball jumping off players' bats all the time, but it's really the case with him."

Ceiling: Perennial All-Star (7)

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