Re: Bradley Stronger ROY Candidate Right Now Than Bogaerts
posted at 4/30/2014 11:14 AM EDT
In response to S5's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
In response to steven11's comment:
Last season it was a sure bet that Iggy or Drew were going to make the plays. Already just a month into baseball, many are holding their breath every time the ball goes to Xander. If he allows two runs on an error he should be hitting close to .300 all year long.
Do you think his defense will improve at all? Drews did, Drew was a bad defender for years, as I said in an earlier post many SS's are average to below average defenders their first year or 2 and round out into above average defenders.
And if you do think he has the capacity to improve (which there is ZERO reason to believe he can't) the next question comes down to whether or not you are willing to give him some patience???
Are we willing to give Bogaerts more than 1 stinking month at the position.
If the answer is no, then the argument really turns into building a team through your farm, and signing free agents. Because here we have one of the highest rated talents in the entire league, the best Boston has had in a decade and if we aren't willing to bank on his ability to continually improve then why are we even trying to build a team through are own farm?
So, can he improve? and do we want to give him the time to improve?
I would argue yes and yes to those questions although I'll admit the later of the two is a matter of preference, however I would strongly argue with anyone the importance of patience and a player improving his abilities as we have seen time and time and time again that players improve with age and experience.
It is pretty much inarguable that to some degree Xander Bogaerts will become a better defender.
It's always a pleasure to read your posts. They're well thought-out and logical.
Given what I'm seeing now interspersed with a dose of logic, I see Bogearts defense improving, but only to the point of being an average defender. That means that right now he's a minus defender and you just cannot have a litterbug at Shortstop! That is, not if you intend to make the playoffs. I see even his fielding %-age to be misleading. While I'm the first to admit that scoring is a subjective thing I've seen balls misplayed by Bogearts that I would have called errors that were judged to be hits.
Possibly as Red Sox fans we've been spoiled. We saw Pedey come up and be a plus defender immediately, and JBJ is looking like he's the same way.
For Bogearts, I want to see progress being made and I don't see that. I see him still air-mailing balls to 1B from in the hole, plays that average SS's make almost routinely. So how long do we wait? Another month? Two? Until the AS break? And what then? Does his defensive liability cost us a playoff spot this year? And we don't even have a decent back-up SS at the ML level.
I'm all for patience but IMO the FO has too many eggs in the Bogearts basket. If this doesn't work out they don't even have a Plan B.
Having the right to do something doesn't make it the right thing to do.
If he doesn't work out Marrero will be ready in 2 years (maybe 1-1.5) and there is a decent probability that Betts could play SS as well. AND the Sox system is loaded....if they really wanted too they could trade for anyone they wanted.
Bogaerts offensive ceiling is being the best player in the league so even if he does round out to an "average defender" then he's an MVP candidate at SS. So yes, people need to practice more patience with the kid.