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Can Xander Bogaerts Become Boston’s Next Superstar?

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There has always been a lot of pressure on Xander Bogaerts. Since being called up to start in the Postseason in 2013, Boston brass and fans alike have thought that Bogaerts would step up and flourish as the starting shortstop. Last year, Bogaerts hit .240, with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. Yikes. Many believe that his confidence was destroyed last year after Boston re-signed Stephen Drew a couple weeks into the season and moved Bogaerts to third base. Nonetheless, Bogaerts continued to battle and finished the season well.

At the start of this season, it sure looks like Xander should be considered one of the potential breakout players for 2015. Bogaerts crushed his second home run of Spring Training Sunday in a 6-3 win over the New York Mets. Although many believe Spring Training is irrelevant, I personally think it tells a lot about a player. You get to see if the player comes prepared and in shape. In two Grapefruit League Games, Xander Bogaerts is 2-8 with 6 RBIs and 2 home runs. Not bad.

Bogaerts has come into Camp in great shape and seems to have found his confidence for the coming season. Bogaerts has never been an extremely quick guy, so he made it a point of emphasis this offseason to work on his agility and that “first step quickness” while playing shortstop. While Bogaerts’s glove will always come into question because of the place and position that he plays in, his game has always been on the offensive side of the baseball. His unique power and line drive contact ability should be something to get all Red Sox fans excited for the coming season.

There is no doubt that there is a lot of questions and controversy regarding the 2015 Boston Red Sox. They don’t have an ace, or really a #2 for that matter, and one has to wonder if this offense can carry them to at least the Trade Deadline, where they can pick up a quality starter. However, I do not believe that Bogaerts is going to be one of the issues for this team this season. If he succeeds, then the future for him and the organization are extremely bright.

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Pete Packowski

Pete has lived in the Boston area his entire life. He grew up going to Fenway Park and watching the Red Sox. He is currently attending Boston University and is majoring in sports journalism. Once he graduates, he plans on entering the Army. He is also the owner of Biased Boston Sports, which covers the four major sports in the city. His main strength is current major league talent and highly regarded prospects. You can follow him @Pete_BBS