Bogaerts will join the team on their west coast trip that beings Monday night in San Francisco. He is expected to serve as a utility player who can fill in for shortstop Stephen Drew and possibly can fill in at third base to spell Will Middlebrooks.
It was hard to keep Bogaerts down in the minors. In 116 games playing for both Double A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket, Bogaerts tore it up hitting .297 with 15 home runs and 67 RBIs. As a right-handed hitter, he gives the Red Sox another bat against left-handed starters who the Red Sox have struggled against. By calling him up now, he will also be eligible to be on the playoff roster should the Sox hold on and reach the post season.
Bogaerts name have come up in many trade discussions as scouts and other teams view him as one of the top four or five prospects in the game. Tonight in California, the Red Sox will see what they have in their top prospect who would be the youngest position player on a Red Sox roster since 1972.