Xander Bogaerts, Shortstop, Boston Red Sox, #2


Date of Birth: 10/1/1992
Birthplace: Oranjestad, Aruba
Current Salary: $4,500,000

Xander Bogaerts, shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, has a brother who plays in the Chicago Cubs' minor league system. Bogaerts was signed by the Red Sox in 2009 when he was only 16 years old. He played in the minor leagues from 2010 through most of 2013 and he had a .296 batting average. In 2013, he played in just 18 games with the Red Sox.

In 2014, his first full season in the major leagues, Bogaerts had 129 hits, 28 doubles, 12 home runs, 46 RBIs, 138 strikeouts to 39 walks, and a .240 batting average in 144 games. Defensively, as a shortstop, he made 256 assists, 54 double plays, 138 putouts, and 10 errors in 99 games. He also played 44 games at third base.

Bogaerts had a strong 2015 season, both offensively and defensively. He received his first Silver Slugger award for batting .320 with 196 hits, 35 doubles, and 81 RBIs in 156 games. As Boston's shortstop, he made 429 assists, 95 double plays, 236 putouts, and 11 errors in 156 games and he had a .984 fielding percentage.

Bogaerts had another strong season in 2016, winning his second consecutive Silver Slugger award. In 157 games, he batted .294 with 192 hits, 34 doubles, 13 stolen bases, and career highs in home runs (21) and RBIs (89). He had 12 at-bats in 3 postseason games and he batted .250 with 3 hits. Defensively, as Boston's shortstop in 157 regular season games, he made 355 assists, 73 double plays, 195 putouts, and 13 errors.

Career batting statistics for Bogaerts through 2016 include:

  • 475 games played
  • 528 hits
  • 99 doubles
  • 221 RBIs
  • 375 strikeouts to 134 walks
  • .286 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Bogaerts at shortstop through 2016 include:

  • 420 games played
  • 1,060 assists
  • 223 double plays
  • 575 putouts
  • 34 errors
  • .980 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Xander Bogaerts
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