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September is right around the corner and the post season will be here before you know it. Soon MLB rosters will be extended and that means that teams will call up players to fill in the new empty spots, but most of us haven’t been following the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Jeff Levering works the PawSox radio broadcasts and T&R talked to him about how some of the players have been looking.
There has been lots of noise about 20-year-old Xander Bogaerts, especially after his performance in the MLB Futures Game in New York. Is this young player really as good as everyone is saying he is?
“He’s a tremendous talent. He does things that 20-year-olds should not be doing in Triple A. He makes great plays defensively, he goes to his left, he goes to his right, he comes in for baseballs and he makes plays that you just shouldn’t make.”
The guys went on to discuss Bogaerts’ play at the plate and how he is able to contribute offensively. Levering is impressed with his approach at the plate, but believe he needs to add a touch more consistent to become an outstanding baseball player.
They also talked about spring training star Jackie Bradley, Jr. and his work to get back to one hundred percent. Bradley was placed the seven-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, but has since returned to the lineup at the DH position for the time being. Levering said that Bradley’s approach is still there and he’s working on hitting the fastball, which gave him some trouble in the big leagues.