2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Xander Bogaerts
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at the Boston Red Sox shortstop and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
Targeting players about to enter or are within their power peak enhances upside in fantasy rosters. One such player will be Xander Bogaerts . He sits on the precipice of his age-26 season slated to hit cleanup for baseball’s highest scoring team and best on-base percentage from last year. Bogaerts accrued 103 RBI in only 513 at-bats (an RBI every 4.98 at-bats), along with setting a career high in home runs (23), doubles (45), slugging percentage (.522) and on-base plus slugging percent (.883). He also reduced his ground ball rate by 5.6 percent while increasing his fly ball rate by 5.1 percent.
Bogaerts surged to the finish line with 20 runs, 13 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 35 RBI over his last 41 games. But he also left a contest early in September with a sore left shoulder which might have affected his postseason performance. There’s some curious statistics under the hood regarding Bogaerts. He hit 15 of his 23 home runs in Fenway and 22 of them against right-handed...