Happy Bogaerts Day!
This morning, I awoke to a half point lead in the Ottoneu Experts League. I went to the gym, dropped the kids off at school and checked on a basement the company I work for part time is building. Then, the day really began — Xander Bogaerts was called up to the Red Sox and may debut tonight against San Francisco. In five years of doing this, I’ve staked an early claim to a handful of prospects early in their development. Some work out like Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado. Others fall flat on their face like Phillies Mitch Walding.
However, Bogaerts rise to the prospect elite has been different than any other prospect I’ve seen previously. About once a month, I receive an email from a reader thanking me for turning them onto Bogaerts in mid-2011. Sometimes it’s easy to forget dynasty league fantasy baseball players make moves which are dependent on what’s being written here and other places. Bogaerts is linked to my work more than any other player.
Unfortunately, my feature piece on Bogaerts disappeared with RotoHardball when SB Nation retired the site.
About the only downside of Bogaerts being called up is he’ll cost me $2, not $1 in Ottoneu arbitration. Oh well. I’m about to include Braves Andrelton Simmons in a deal for a top flight rental, so I could use the reinforcements. And with only .5 points separating myself and second place, one can only hope Bogaerts takes MLB by storm over the final six weeks of the regular season.
But can he? Maybe, but I have no choice but to temper expectations. At 20, Bogaerts has never played more than 127 games in a season (2012). Having already played 116, expecting a young player to avoid hitting the wall — having never played deep into September — may be too much to ask.
For 2014 and beyond, this unexpected experience will do nothing but help his future prospects. One thing about Bogaerts is he’s very quick to make adjustments. Should he struggle, expect the young shortstop to spend instructs fixing the issue. Pencil him into your 2014 plans and expect Bogaerts to be a productive fantasy player.
I was on the fence as to whether or not to keep him for $10 this off-season, thinking Bogaerts could be had for less at auction. However, today’s news has me motivated to keep him and expect Manny Machado-like production in 2014.
2 Feb 2014 / Mike Newman /
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