posted at 6/24/2013 11:53 AM EDT
In response to Beantowne's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
All in good time. He's 20 and now at AAA.
Which is crazy. I think we as fans often expect every prospect to be MLB ready before they are. You see it here on these boards constantly, don't even mention pumping the brakes with some young guys unless you want to be crucified. Rememeber JBJ at the beginning of the year? of course there are countless other examples.
Bogaerts just might be that once in a decade prospect you get in your system that is just so good that he is ready earlier. Some prospects are not just elite with natural ability, but they grow into their bodies sooner, and they make the adjustments quicker and advance quicker.
Bogaerts has been very young at EVERY stage of the game and EXCEEDED expectations at every level. Normally I'd agree and say don't rush these guys but Bogaerts very well may be that rare elite talent that can make the jump. I'm not saying next week, or even by the allstar break but Bogaerts very well may get a cup of coffee this year and he also may very well smash his way into a roster spot.
There's a ton of baseball left to be played and if the kid continues to square up the ball and shows the ability to make adjustments he may well get a cup of coffee come September. He's only been at Pawtucket for less than a month or so and once the league gets a book on him we'll see if he makes the adjustements and continues to rake. To date to your point he has excelled at every level even though he played against "more advanced competiion". So there's no reason to think he won't continue his accent to the major leagues...at 20 he still has three or four years before his prospect clock runs out of time...
That said my guess is they would only call him up, if they saw some value in having him with the big league club. More likely is that he'll spend the winter working on his game and be invited to the major league camp in the spring and given the chance to face more advanced pitching and spend time working with the major league coaching staff.
I think it all depends on where the team is race wise and health wise. I think there is a very good chance he is on this team by the end of the year. Drew will likely be traded, WMB may or may not find himself, and who knows what happens on the other side of the infield.
The Sox told Bogaerts that after his first 2 weeks in Pawtucket they were going to have him play multiple positions. They are planning for him to able to contribute to this team this year if a door opens up and they are linning up more doors. Why would you ask possibly the best prospect in baseball to play multiple positions? There really is no other explantation because the only other guy who ever gets asked to play multiple positions is the fringe prospect who learns multiple positions to increase his value and possibly carve out a niche as a UIF/or increase his trade stock.
I'm not saying Bogaerts will be in Boston, I'm AM saying that if he doesn't do anything to show he can't handle it the Sox will definitely give him that shot.