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By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET â€“ â€śIâ€™ll keep it short. Heâ€™s really good. In all phases.â€ť
Clearly, the scout that spoke about Xander Bogaerts is a big-time admirer, the former basing his opinion on what he saw when the latter was in Double-A Portland earlier this season. The Red Sox echoed the scoutâ€™s sentiment when they officially promoted the 20-year-old to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
Bogaerts steps in a PawSox clubhouse that features plenty of familiar faces. Manager Gary DiSarcina was the Red Sox minor-league infield coordinator in 2010, a season that marked Bogaertsâ€™ first foray into pro ball. Pawtucket hitting coach Dave Joppie also worked with Bogaerts during the final month of the 2012 season in Portland.
â€śI remember how young and raw he was. I think he might have been 17 in 2010,â€ť recalled DiSarcina.
Rating by Baseball America as the top-rated prospect in the Red Sox farm system, Bogaerts was hitting .311 in 56 games for Portland with 12 doubles, 6 triples, 6 home runs and 35 RBI. His .311 average was 10th best in the Eastern League and his 6 triples tied for the league lead.
â€śIâ€™ll just be patient. Iâ€™ll try to do the same thing Iâ€™ve been doing in Portland. Iâ€™ll see how the pitchers are trying to pitch me. The first couple of weeks, Iâ€™ll see how theyâ€™re pitching me so I can take that going forward,â€ť said Bogaerts.