Xander Bogaerts will make a great first impression
Speaking of Bogaerts, fans may get a great opportunity to watch him play during the World Baseball Classic. He is on the Dutch roster, and while the Braves’ Andrelton Simmons is expected to be the starting shortstop, Bogaerts is expected to get significant playing time, especially since the top prospect in baseball, Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar, dropped off the team. As someone who saw Bogaerts several times last season in Portland, I can say without a moment’s hesitation that Red Sox fans are going to love this kid. His talent is extraordinary, and he plays the game with intelligence and hustle.