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Multiple sources including The Boston Globe are reporting that Red Sox top prospect, Xander Bogaerts, will be getting called up today and travel with the team to San Francisco for their series against the Giants. With rosters expanding in September, Bogaerts will most likely be up for the rest of the season and if he plays well, could find himself on the playoff roster.
Bogaerts, who is a shortstop and has played some third base in Pawtucket, will be making his Major League debut at 20 years old and is drawing a lot of comparisons to Manny Machado who helped the Orioles make a playoff run last year. He is also the first 20-year-old to make his Red Sox debut since Dwight Evans. Bogaerts is the #3 prospect in baseball and Red Sox fans have been waiting for his call up all season. In 60 games at Pawtucket, Bogaerts is batting .284 with nine home runs and 32 RBI. With Stephen Drew playing short, and Middlebrooks at third, Bogaerts will most likely see time at both positions in some kind of a platoon role.
With the hope that Bogaerts can contribute this season, it is also a good opportunity to see what the shortstop of the future is going to look like with Drew’s contract up at the end of the year. Bogaerts is an above average defender, but is known for his bat. The hope is the Sox will have a young middle of the order bat to build around for the next decade.