Lou Merloni checks in from Fort Myers with another edition of "Eye Test." This time, he's examining top shortstop prospect Xander Bogaerts.
Merloni is particularly impressed with Bogaerts strong lower half and says it's hard to believe he's only 20 years old. The ball jumps off his bat and has a swing that looks effortless.
What, if anything does Bogaerts need to work on?
Bogaerts needs to work on hitting the ball where it's pitched. He has a tendency to try to go the other way.
Merloni says Bogaerts looks to be a better field than other Red Sox prospects, but the question is where will he play when he gets to the big leagues? Bogaerts is expected to play third base in the World Baseball Classic, but it looks like the Red Sox expect to keep him solely at shortstop.
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The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning? Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.