For the same to play out with Bogaerts he'll still have to get a late season promotion to AAA this year and then bank on an injury to give him the starters role. From personal observation of both I'll also suggest that Xander has a LOT more work to do defensively as he moves up the ladder than Middlebrooks did. I still think that your opinion of him as a player is based almost exclusively on his bat and is not taking this into account. For one of the two most important defensive positions on the field you cannot look the other way on his glove.
I'm not saying I think this is the case, but we may decide Bogaerts will never have the defensive ability to play SS and just play him at SS his first year like when Braun was first called up to play 3B.
I agree that defense is the big issue with him. I just think his bat can carry him up the ladder faster than you do. We'll see how everything plays out.
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#RedSox sign INF Jonathan Diaz & 1B/OF Mark Hamilton to 2013 minor league contracts w/ Major League Spring Training invites.
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This is a pretty good read about Stanton. Its list every single team in the MLB and why or why not they would be good trade partners with Miami
This sounds about right, but we can dig a little deeper. Xander Bogaerts, the Red Sox top prospect and one of the top power-hitting prospects in the game, will start the season in Double-A, having spent just a month there in 2012. He's already tasted the level and had no problems taking it on (.948 OPS in 23 games), meaning that if he comes out like gangbusters in 2013, he won't be there for long. A hot April and May in the Eastern League followed by a hot June-August in the International League could easily lead to a September call-up.
Things have changed at the major league level in Boston as far as opportunities go, at least for 2013. With Stephen Drew in the fold, there is little room for Bogaerts at any point in the season, especially if the Red Sox are competitive. Will Middlebrooks will be manning third base, and even when the inevitable Drew injury occurs, Jose Iglesias will be there to take the playing time. Additionally, if the Red Sox want to continue to develop Bogaerts at shortstop, he will have to remain in Double-A longer than his bat will likely need, because if Drew is healthy, Iglesias will probably still be in Triple-A.
The only way Bogaerts sees any significant playing time in the majors in 2013 is if the Red Sox convert him to right field, a move that would be made more out of organizational necessity rather than Bogaerts' inability to play shortstop. He's actually better at short than he gets credit for.
Has it been a little too quiet on the rumors front? Or is that just my perception?
We passed the peak of the offseason so that's expected.
.According to a text from Criollos de Caguas general manager Alex Cora, pitcher Javier Vazquez was "impressive" in his Friday night outing against Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Puerto Rico Winter League playoffs.
The Red Sox were scouting Vazquez, who was also watched by scouts from the Rays, Nationals and Royals. The 36-year-old righty went six innings, not allowing a run while surrendering just three hits. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter while touching 93 mph with his fastball.
Vazquez, who is expected to pitch for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, last pitched in the major leagues during the 2011 season, when he made 32 starts for the Marlins. The pitcher finished the '11 season going 13-11 with a 3.69 ERA, going 5-0 with a 0.71 ERA in the final month of the season.
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Would Vasquez accept starting the year in aaa? I imagine he could get a starting gig somewhere