February 19, 2013

Prized Red Sox SS prospect prepares for WBC

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This Feb. 17, 2013 file photo shows Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts posing during team photo day in Fort Myers, Fla. Bogaerts, Boston's top prospect, is chugging away at his first spring training, doing whatever he can to impress staff and teammates. Either way, though, he'll soon be headed out of town. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

"The major difference between the two is there was a pressing need (for the Orioles)," Farrell said. "And certainly provided (Boston third baseman) Will (Middlebrooks) stays healthy, that need doesn't exist here. At the same time, it's an opportunity to expose (Bogaerts) to the position and see where things go as he gets deeper into (his) career.

"As a young guy, you don't know how that body type is going to continue to mature physically. But by all indications, it seems like he could stay at shortstop."

Either way, for a team that plays under such a spotlight in Boston, the move has raised some eyebrows. After all, Bogaerts may eventually have to make a permanent move from shortstop. Listed at 6-foot-3, and 175 pounds, there is a good chance he is not done growing.

"(Shortstop) is going to be (the long-term position)," he said. "I'm working hard trying to stay at shortstop. That's the only position I know playing right now. (But I'll do) whatever to help the team win.

"Wherever they need me to play, I'll be able to contribute at that position."

 

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