Derek Jeter is known as one of the most influential, dynamic, and talented players to ever play the game of baseball. He held down the shortstop position for 15+ seasons, and many can argue that Jeter is the best shortstop to ever play the position. With 14 ASG appearances, 5 Gold Glove Awards, and 5 Silver Slugger Awards, Derek Jeter had proven to be elite. But now that the Jeter era has passed, we wonder if there is a young shortstop that can make as much of an impact on the game as Derek Jeter himself. His name is Xander Bogaerts.
The young and talented Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox has opened many eyes during his thrilling career. He has only played 4 seasons in the bigs, but the 23 year-old shortstop has proven to be one of the best in the game. Xander currently leads the AL All-Star voting at the SS position, ahead of guys like Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Troy Tulowitzki, and Alcides Escobar.
Jeter’s rookie season was in 1995. At 21 years of age, Jeter played in just 15 games, batted .250 with 12 hits, 7 RBI’s, and 5 runs scored.
Xander’s rookie season was in 2013, the year Boston went on to win the World Series. At 20 years of age, Bogaerts played in 18 games, batted .250 with 11 hits, 5 RBI’s, and 7 runs scored.
The most comparable statistics between the two shortstops come at the age of 22. Jeter was in the 1996 season, while Xander Bogaerts was playing in his third season in 2015. Jeter played in 157 games, batted .314 with 183 hits, 78 RBI’s, 41 XBH, and 104 runs scored. Bogaerts played in 156 games, batted .320 with 196 hits, 81 RBI’s, 45 XBH, and 84 runs scored. As you can see, Xander had slightly better numbers as a 22 year-old.
Bogaerts currently holds on to a 2015 Silver Slugger award at the SS position, awarded at just 22 years of age. He currenty leads the American League in BA (.351), and hits (106).
Now lets take a look at some defense from the slick-fielding shortstop.
This one might look a little familiar
Obviously, 4 years in the MLB is a small sample size compared to Jeter’s 20 years. But from what we see so far, both offensively and defensively, Xander Bogaerts could have as much value, recognition, and success at the end of his career as Derek Jeter did.