With recent attention justifiably centered on keeping shortstop-third baseman Jose Iglesias on the major league roster and how that impacts third baseman Will Middlebrooks and shortstop Stephen Drew, the Red Sox made a move yesterday involving someone who may turn into the most important Red Sox for many years: Xander Bogaerts was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The 20-year-old Bogaerts will become the youngest position player ever to play for the PawSox, assuming he sees time there today. The top prospect in the organization, and ranked by most minor league experts to be in the top 10, if not the top 5, of all prospects in the game, will play shortstop. For the first week to 10 days, Bogaerts will play exclusively at shortstop but then the team will try to have him see time at both second base and third base.
“The idea there,” said Sox manager John Farrell, is “if we had some unforeseen things take place here through injury and yet he’s the best bat available, we want to be sure that we’ve at least exposed him to other positions so we wouldn’t have a hesitation to move him into another spot.’’

Bogaerts hit .424 in June for Double-A Portland, and was hitting .311, slugging .502 and getting on base at a .407 clip in 56 games, with six homers and 35 RBI for the Sea Dogs.
That the Sox are already thinking about a 2013 call-up, even if it were on an emergency basis, is telling of the high regard they have for him.