Welcome to Portland Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts becomes the youngest player in the Eastern League at 19 years old.(photo by Kelly O’Connor)

Earlier today, Xander Bogaerts joined the Portland Sea Dogs from High-A Salem and should be in the starting shortstop for the ‘Dogs in the series finale…To make room for Bogaerts, Infielder Zach Gentile was assigned to High-A Salem…The 19-year old is the youngest player in the Eastern League and will wear #5.  Lot of people tweeted me today about the number, saying it reminded them of Nomar.

“Being 19 in Double-A is a pretty unusual thing,” Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett told Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal prior to Pawtucket’s game at McCoy Stadium earlier today.

Bogaerts is ranked the #2 prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…In 104 games with Salem, he  hit .302 (116-for-384) with 15 homers and 64 RBI…He was signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on August 23, 2009…Native of San Nicolaas, Aruba…Has a twin brother, Jair, also signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent and was sent to the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2012 season to complete the Theo Epstein compensation.

Getting plenty of ink – a few articles about today’s move.

Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Smith 5, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz 9, Shaw 3, Bogaerts 6, Spring 2, Hissey 9, Dent 4, RHP Jeremy Kehrt (6-3, 4.17)

Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Diaz 6, Neal 7, Weglarz DH, Lawson 4, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Toole 3, LHP T.J. House (6-2, 3.13)

Game Notes

Travis Shaw Interview

Xander Boegerts taking batting practice for the first time in a Sea Dogs uniform.


RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: seadogs.com & milb.com and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

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