John Farrell says 'time will tell' if Xander Bogaerts has earned his way onto A.L. All-Star team

Mike Petraglia
July 04, 2015 - 1:55 pm
Is Xander Bogaerts All-Star worthy? It's a question that may not have seemed very likely in the first two months of the season but as the game approaches July 14 in Cincinnati, the Red Sox shortstop has certainly put himself in the conversation when the reserves are announced on Monday evening. Bogaerts, hitting again in the No. 3 hole in the order in front of David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez, went 2-for-4 Saturday in a 6-1 win over the Astros. He is 9-for-18 with four RBIs in a modest four-game hitting streak. He is also batting .351 with 21 RBIs in 32 games since the end of May. But perhaps most importantly, he's been the most consistent offensive player in a batting order that desperately needed consistent and productive parts. It's why John Farrell felt comfortable moving him up from seventh to fifth to eventually third in the order, when Dustin Pedroia went down with his hamstring injury. Bogaerts is hitting .302 this season, with respectable slugging (.416) and on-base (.340) numbers. He's also looked much more steady at shortstop, which was no small feat considering his struggles in 2014 that played a role in moving to third base to take over for Will Middlebrooks when Stephen Drew landed back on the scene in Boston. "I would hope that he gets some recognition for the first half that he's had," Farrell said after Saturday's game. "He's been a very consistent performer for us and has grown a lot from a year ago, both defensively and offensively. Whether or not that reflects or is acknowledged through an All-Star appearance, time will tell that one." "Absolutely I think Xander's going to make the All-Star team," added outfielder and teammate Mookie Betts. "He's been playing great from the beginning of the season. I wasn't there to see him develop. All I know is this Xander. This is all I've seen. For him to continue to do this for so long, I don't know why he wouldn't be in the All-Star Game." What does the man himself think? "You hear a lot of stuff. There's a lot of stuff going on, but I'm just really focused on helping the team right now," Bogaerts said after the game. "I'm just trying to do my job right here and win as many games as possible going into the All-Star break. Finishing on a strong note as a team, and hopefully as a team in the second half we do way much better. "It would be big, to be honest. It's something definitely everyone would want to do at some point in their career. But I"m just trying to do my job out there, trying to be a good teammate, help the team win as much as possible going into the All-Star break." In the latest voting results, Bogaerts is the only Red Sox player in the top 5 at any infield position, coming in fourth at short behind Kansas City's Alcides Escobar (10,057,381 votes), Detroit's Jose Iglesias (7,395,163) and Toronto's Jose Reyes (4,800,710). Bogaerts totaled 1,819,295 votes in the latest tally.