The time has come. The Red Sox made a host of roster changes shortly after midnight on Monday morning following their 9-6 loss to the Yankees. Most notably an industry source told WEEI.com that the team will call up shortstop and top prospect Xander Bogaerts to join them on the West Coast road trip with utility infielder Brock Holt getting optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket. In 60 games with Triple-A Pawtucket Bogaerts is hitting .284 with a .369 OBP .453 slugging percentage and nine homers. He’s spent most of his time at his natural position of shortstop but he’s also seen action in nine games at third base. Holt hit .203 with a .275 OBP and .237 slugging mark in 23 games while serving as the utility infielder. Though he offered the team protection at three infield positions (shortstop second base and third) the fact that he — like starting shortstop Stephen Drew — is left-handed suggested an imperfect complement given that Drew does exhibit notable platoon splits.
Red Sox call up top prospect Xander Bogaerts
WEEI Boston | Aug 19