Bogaerts' hot start doesn't surprise him

Bogaerts' hot start doesn't surprise him
April 3, 2014, 11:30 pm
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BALTIMORE -- Some may be surprised that Xander Bogaerts has begun this, officially his rookie year, as well as he has.

Bogaerts himself, it should be noted, is not among them.

"Toward the end of spring training, I was swinging the bat really well.,'' said Bogaerts "So, I'm really happy with the way things are going so far.''

Bogaerts banged out three hits in the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles Thursday night, and for the three-game series at Camden Yards, reached base eight times and scored half of the Red Sox' runs.

Ho hum.

"I'm not surprised,'' said teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. "He's a natural hitter and it's very special to see him work, at such a young age. He's only going to get better. And that's scary for other teams.''

"He's played the game comfortably to say the least,'' said John Farrell. "He's on-base multiple times each games and played very good defensively. He's doing an outstanding job for us.''

Enough so that Farrell didn't think twice about elevating Bogaerts into the No. 5 spot in the Red Sox' lineup Thursday night, making him the youngest player to fill that spot since Joe Lahoud in 1968.

Little overwhelms Bogaerts, who shows remarkable poise for a 21-year old. Then again, if Bogaerts could keep his composure when he became a starter half-way through the post-season last October, he's not about to thrown off guard by the first week of the regular season.

Bogaerts got the night started for the Red Sox when he led off the second with a single, mototed to third on a single to right by Daniel Nava and came home on a double-play ball.

In the fourth, he again led off and again scored a run. This time, he singled to left, advanced to scoring position on a single from Will Middlebrooks and rode home on a single by David Ross.

He added a third single in the seventh inning.

Bogaerts began spring training slowly, but midway through March, he began to discover his stroke. Once he got him timing down, he began spraying line drives all over Florida.

Did he expect the strong last 10 days in spring training to carry over to the start of the season?

"Yes,'' said Bogaerts without hesitation. "That's the type of guy I am. I try to take advantage when things are going good.''

As they always appear to be for a young player with a seemingly limitless future.