In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
miscricket, how in the wide, wide world of sports do you have any possible idea about chemistry in the clubhouse? None of us knows. I know you want to write this season off with your unique insights, but I feel compelled to point out that it is April and the Sox are 2.5 games out of first. As for our two rookies at CF and SS, it might be worth noting that Bradley has the same offensive wins above replacement, .6, as one Jacoby Ellsbury, and of course his defensive wins above replacement, .3, is much better than Ellsbury's -.2. Bogaerts defense is still a work in progress, but he already has the second best OBP of all SS's in the AL. His problem to date is lack of power (slugging percentage), but most expect that rise significantly over time.
Bogaerts has had zero power in his first month of every season he has played. Portland, Salem, Greenville, GCL.
The genetics are there, the swing and swing path is there, the fast twitch muscles are there, the strength is there, the hand to eye coordination is there, the plate approach is there. Boagerts will have power, it might not be 40 HR power, but he is easily going to be a 25 HR guy with a ton of doubles.
I am not really concerned about Xander..and certainly not concerned about his offense. My point was that anyone who is losing sleep over his defensive errors needs to give it a rest. Drew was a better defensive SS..but people were mostly concerned with what he did ( or didn't do in this case) at the plate. Xander is going to be much better offensively..but with that we are going to have to take the errors defensively as he goes through his growing pains..so to speak.