Xander Bogaerts grew up in Aruba and opened the past two seasons with Red Sox’ minor league teams in Greenville, S.C., and Salem, Va.

Suffice it to say, the top prospect had never experienced the chill of Maine in April.

“It was pretty cold, so I had a little tough time,” Bogaerts said by phone this week, reflecting on his 7-for-41 (.171) start with 14 strikeouts through nine games at Double-A Portland. “It’s not the type of weather you always want to play in, but the more you do it, the more you get accustomed to it.”

As always, though, it didn’t take Bogaerts long to adapt.

The 20-year-old shortstop hit his first homer Thursday, a solo shot in Portland’s 7-4 win at Reading, and he enters the weekend on a 22-for-53 (.415) surge with eight extra-base hits in his last 13 games.

And it isn’t only the improving weather. Looking back, Bogaerts admits his rhythm at the plate was disrupted in March because of inconsistent playing time for Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.