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BOSTON (CBS) – The long awaited “Xander Bogaerts Era” is about to begin in Boston.
The Red Sox will reportedly call up their top prospect on Monday, as the team begins a six-game, West Coast road trip in San Francisco.
Bogaerts, who the team signed as an international free agent in 2009, has made his way through Boston’s minor league system over the last four years. He split this season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .294 with 15 home runs and 67 RBIs in 116 games. In 60 games with Pawtucket, the 20-year-old shortstop hit .284 with a .369 OBP with nine homers and 32 RBIs.
Bogaerts has mostly played shortstop with Pawtucket, but also played 10 games at third base.
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To make room for Bogaerts on the roster, the Red Sox will option utility infielder Brock Holt to Pawtucket. Boston is also expected to activate catcher David Ross off the disabled list, sending Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A, and will move both Andrew Bailey and Clay Buchholz to the 60-day disabled list to clear space for Bogaerts and Ross on the 40-man roster.