Xander Bogaerts, the 23 year-old shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, currently leads the American League in batting average (.347), and hits (67). He is also 4th in runs scored (37), doubles (16), and OBP (.401).
Bogaerts made his major league debut for Boston in 2013 as a 20 year-old, the year Boston went on to defeat St. Louis in the World Series. Although he only played in 18 games that season, he proved himself worthy of becoming a permanent addition to this Red Sox team. By now it’s time to start including him in conversations with Correa and Lindor
In the 2014 season, we saw a lot more of Xander. He played in 144 games, had a BA of .240, hit 12 homers, batted in 46 runs, and had 129 hits. These numbers aren’t mind-blowing, but Bogaerts put up these numbers at 21 years of age.
Last season was the year Xander Bogaerts really proved himself to be one of the finer young players in the game. He played in 156 games, batted .320, hit 7 homers, batted in 81 runs, and had 196 hits. He went on to receive a Silver Slugger award as a shortstop in the American League. All of this came at the age of 22.
Here we are in the 2016 season, and Xander is absolutely raking. He is batting .347, has 67 hits, 26 runs batted in, 5 homers, and 16 doubles. As I mentioned earlier, Bogaerts currently leads the American League in multiple categories, as a 23 year-old. He has been a huge piece to this talented Boston squad, a team currently leading the majors in offense.
You might as well take a look at some of his highlights from last season.
Xander is currently riding a 19-game hitting streak, the longest current streak in the majors. If you didn’t know this, it’s probably because it was hidden in the shadows of Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 29-game hitting streak that came to an end last night. You will most likely see both of these guys in the All-Star game this year, as they both continue to rake better than anyone else in the league.