Some of the Boston Red Sox fans had mixed reactions when the team traded Jose Iglesias in the three-way trade with the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox to acquire Jake Peavy. There was a reason the Sox traded away a potential future gold glove award winning in Iglesias and his name is Xander Bogaerts.
Bogaerts is one of the best young shortstop prospects in all of baseball as he was ranked 20th on the 2013 MLB.com Top 100 Prospects list. He was also eight in the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list.
Promoted from Portland to Pawtucket earlier this year, Bogaerts has hit more home runs in Triple-A (8) than he did in Double-A (6), 14 in all, in 99 games in 2013. He is also hitting .295 this season if you combined his Double-A average (.311) with his Triple-A average (.278).
The 20-year-old Bogaerts showcased his talents at last spring's World Baseball Classic. He also performed well in the All-Star Futures game as Bogaerts had two hits.
I don't know when he's coming, but expect Bogaerts to be on the Red Sox roster at some point in the next month. It could be in September when the teams are able to expand their roster to 40 players.
While Iglesias has an outstanding glove, Bogaerts appears to have the higher celling. Even though Iglesias is hitting .330 on the season, he has struggled as of late. He only hit .205 in the month of July and a lot of his hits this season have been in the infield as he has yet to show power on a consistently.
It appears the Red Sox organization wasn't exactly sold on Iglesias becoming a star in this league. The organization, however does appear to be sold on Bogaerts being an important part of this team in the future. The future could be sooner than later.