Xander Bogaerts is Proving Why He is one of the Best Shortstops in the MLB



Bogaerts with the Boston Red Sox.

Ethan K.

Despite top players like Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Trevor Story constantly getting the nod, Xander Bogaerts, of the Boston Red Sox, has been proving this year why he is one of the best shortstop in the major leagues. 


This season, Bogaerts has a .343 batting average, which is incredible, 30 RBIs, 10 homeruns and 27 runs along with 60 hits (Baseball-Reference.com). While those stats are pretty solid for Bogaerts, who has played in 46 games this season, they are not extraordinary. It is fielding that makes Bogaerts even better.


Bogaerts, in 43 starts in the field, has 54 put-outs, 121 assists, 26 double plays, and just four errors. This correlates with a 97.8% fielding percentage, which is sixth in the league (ESPN.com). 


With these combined, you have one of the best shortstops, both fielding and batting, in the MLB.


The Red Sox have a 30-20 record this season, which has been good enough to be the fifth best in the entire MLB (MLB.com). They sit in second place in their division. 


Bogaerts will look to keep up his play as the Red Sox push for a possible World Series Championship.