Xander Bogaerts Evolving Offensively, Defensively In Fourth Red Sox Season

by NESN Staff

May 29, 2016

Xander Bogaerts has come a long way since his Major League Baseball debut.

The Boston Red Sox shortstop, who extended his MLB-best hitting streak to 22 games Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, has developed into an All-Star-caliber player since coming up to the bigs at the age of 21. Bogaerts won a Silver Slugger last season and is following that trajectory again in 2016, batting .351 with six home runs already — just one shy of his 2015 total.

But Bogaerts hasn’t just come through as a hitter. He’s also exceeded everyone’s expectations as a defensive shortstop. Adam Pellerin, Steve Lyons and Dennis Eckersley talked about all of this on “Red Sox First Pitch.” Check out what they had to say in the video above.

Thumbnail photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via May 22, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
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