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Prospect Video of the Day: Xander Bogaerts

Written By on 12th February, 2013

We’re oozing with prospect video here at Bullpen Banter, so we’ve decided to make it a little easier on you to find! We’ll be running a Prospect Video of the Day up until the Top 100 drops on March 4th and we’ll pick it back up on Opening Day. Of course, if there is anyone you want to see you can check out our VIDEO INDEX.


For those who don’t know, Xander Bogaerts was recently ranked first on our Red Sox top prospect list and is a beast with the bat.

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5 Comments on "Prospect Video of the Day: Xander Bogaerts"

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    Chuck February 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm -

    Slow bat…check
    Can’t pick up a AA breaking ball..check.
    questionable footwork..check.
    Keith Law’s a moron..check.

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      Al Skorupa February 13, 2013 at 2:10 am -

      “Slow bat?” It may not come across as well on video, but he has some standout bat speed and a pretty swing. This definitely wasn’t his best day at the plate… kept falling behind and then expanded his zone defensively. I rushed out this video for our Red Sox list and specifically chose this game because of the look at his defense. Trust me, he can most definitely hit. If you want a better look at the bat Mike Newman of fangraphs/ROTOgraphs has a look at a better hitting day here: http://youtu.be/ktWkkqTDPc4 

      I very much respect Keith, but I’m not as high on Bogaerts as he is, either. I do see him as an elite prospect. Ball comes off his bat really well (you can get a little glimpse of this when you see how well the ball went that he cued off the end of the bat). His footwork is sloppy but he gets to all the balls a shorstop should – though in the interest of full disclosure, another of our authors (Tyler Bullock) thought he had some trouble on balls up the middle. He’s a bat first shortstop, but I do think he’s much more playable at short than has been previously been advertised. 

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        Chuck February 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm -

        It’s batting practice, Al.
        Even pitchers have good bat speed in BP.

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    Norris February 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm -

    Dont see him hit one ball hard.

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    jim February 14, 2013 at 10:07 am -