Re: What happens when Bogaerts gets promotion to AAA?
posted at 1/20/2013 8:23 AM EST
In response to LR3683paw's comment:
Bogaerts will do his best. He will be more than adequate at SS but not close to Iggy. Boggy is already to big for SS and will add weight as he matures physically. He is such a promising batter with average and power that they will find a place for him at another position. Iggy is one of a kind that comes along once every twenty years. Boggy will be moved elsewhere after this year ( if Iggy starts hitting) and wins the SS position. This was all stated in the thread of two weeks ago ( written by a scout who saw Boggy play many times in person) that compared Boggy to Hanley. If you read the articles about Boggy then these questions have already been answered by scouts.
Most of this thread wasn't even about this topic. Go back and read it. Many threads now days are just a convenient oasis for those who are thirsty to vent about anything and everything whether relevant or not. They come here for conflict. You play a vital role as does Georom and Softlaw. Without you three, there would be no easy targets. The smart ones here know the the targets are fake, phoney, contrived, dishonest, and insincere. Such is the Internet where anything goes.
With Drew staying in town for a year, Iggy is slotted to start in the minors once again and likely open the 2013 season with the Pawtucket Red Sox manning the SS position. And let's not forget that we have another highly touted prospect on the rise who happens to have the same position as Iggy right at this moment and considered as #1 prospect of this organization who will most likely start the season with AA team. Bogaerts was so good last season that he had to split time between Salem and Portland and he will likely do the same this year but in the higher levels this season. If Bogaerts continues where he was left off last season (92 ABs/ 5 HRs/ 17 RBIs/ .326 AVG/ .598 SLG/ .948 OPS), he will get promoted early in the season. If that's the case, is he going be challenged to play different position at Pawtucket or is Iggy going to sit?
Above is the opening post of this thread. so if we break it down into it's components...
>Drew was signed because the organization has judged that Inglesias is still not ready to be handed the starting SS job in Boston. Drew is a one year bridge to the future and could well be a two to three year bridge based on how well he performs and his health. If during the next two years none of our SS prospects prove to be ready...
>Iglesias who just turned 23 will likely be the starting SS in Pawtucket and be given another season to continue to hone is batting eye. Given his league age IMHO this is his last chance to show that he has the game to be a starting SS in the big leagues...my guess is if not traded, that he'll be given the chance to play in Boston this year at some point...if and when he shows that his bat is ready...otherwise he's likely to be groomed as a utlility infielder making Ciriaco expendable...
>Bogharts who is just 20 will likely start the year in AA where as a 20 year old, he'll be playing against players that are a year or two on average older than he. If he continue to tear the cover off the ball against advanced pitching and demostrates that he has the tools to be an everyday SS (he doesn't have to be a gold glover). He'll likely by years end find himslef in Pawtucket with Iggy moving to Boston or traded...Once there the development cycle continues and if Bogharts continues to tear the cover off the ball and demonstrates that he has the ability to play SS and hit even more advance pitching, then sometime in 2014 they'll give him his cup of coffee in the show and based on how he handles that experience. He'll be invited to the ML spring training camp in 2015 at the ripe old age of 22 and be given a shot at making the big club or head back to pawtucket and continue his quest..End of the day if he continues to play SS this season, that is where they see him playing at the next level...
Don't forget that the one guys who's not a part of this discusion is our #12 prospect Deven Marrero who turns 23 this August and could well be in the mix too. Who like Iglesias is a plus defender...So if you look at the current depth chart @ SS. Drew vet-Iglesias 23-Marrero 22-Bogharts 20...It's called manpower planning and Cherington has set the team up so that he can fully evaluate each of them and allow them to show that they're indeed ready.
Marrero scouting report from soxprospects;
Scouting Report: Athletic player, with fast twitch reactions. Compact swing. Quick hands that generate plus batspeed. Swing is on the level side. Needs work keeping hands inside of the ball and using his hips more to create drive. Swing can get choppy. Will have to learn to use the whole field consistently as professional career begins to progress. Ability to create a lot of contact. Below-average power potential. Profiles as a gap-to-gap hitter, who can learn when to muscle up from time to time. Shows eye to differentiate pitches, but can be impatience during at-bat. Solid-average runner, who can project to steal bases from time to time. Fluid actions at shortstop. Solid-average-to-plus range. Quick first step. Level of engagement can drfit. Has the tools to be a plus defender at the position. Solid-average-to-plus arm. Knows when he needs his arm. Not much more room for physical development. Will need to maintain athleticism with age. Projects to stick up the middle. Profiles as a major league regular who hits in the bottom third of the order with offensive development.