So far, postseason not overwhelming Bogaerts at 21

So far, postseason not overwhelming Bogaerts at 21
October 10, 2013, 8:45 pm
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BOSTON – When Xander Bogaerts, who turned 21 on Oct. 1, entered the ALDS Game 3 as a pinch-runner against the Rays, he became the third-youngest Red Sox player to appear in a postseason game.  Only left-hander Ken Brett, who was 19 during the 1967 World Series, and pinch-hitter Babe Ruth, who was 20 in the 1915 World Series, were younger.  He became the youngest Red Sox ever to score a run in postseason play, and the 16th-youngest in MLB history.
 
In the clinching Game 4 on Tuesday, he entered as a pinch-hitter for Stephen Drew, drawing walks in each of his two plate appearances, playing shortstop.
 
They were situations that could have overwhelmed a young player.  For manager John Farrell, though, it was just more of the same of what he’s been seeing from Bogaerts, who made his big league debut Aug. 20 in San Francisco.
 
“A continuation of the player he’s been at the minor league level,” Farrell said. “And in the short number of at-bats we’ve seen since he’s come to the big leagues is that there’s a presence about him, there’s an emotional control about him. If he sits for a week with no real game activity we put him up in a pretty critical spot and the same patience, the same approach remains. It’s what our entire development staff have seen since the day he signed with us to what we witnessed here at the big league level. That’s a very consistent approach.”
 
For Bogaerts, who signed with the Sox as an international free agent out of Aruba in 2009, it’s a matter of trying to maintain the same approach.
 
“Trust in yourself." Bogaerts said. "Trust in your abilities and know what you can do,” he said. “You don’t have to go up there trying to hit a home run, just try to stay within yourself.”
 
After beginning the season with Double-A Portland before a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket, and ultimately to Boston, Bogaerts' season has far exceeded what he expected back in April.
 
“Yeah, it has, definitely,” he said. “I didn’t expect to be here. I didn’t imagine I would be in the majors this young enough. I mean I had a good season in the minors, to make it to the playoffs and be on the roster is even better.
 
“We’re here in the ALCS now and hopefully we make it to the World Series.”