ESPN.com's Keith Law has updated his Top 25 prospects in baseball (insider access required). Xander Bogaerts, who was No. 5 in the preseason, moves up to No. 3. Meanwhile, 3B Garin Cecchini, who wasn't in the top 100 at the start of the season, has moved all the way up to No. 23.
Here are excerpts of Law's analysis:
Bogaerts: Still just 20 years old, Bogaerts has been playing solid shortstop for Portland with a solid walk rate but isn't yet generating the power expected from his explosive swing.
Cecchini: Cecchini is a high-IQ player with a good feel for hitting but no plus tools who just missed my preseason top 100 and now looks like he clearly should have made it, hitting .365/.475/.615 and translating that ability to hit into above-average power production.
To see the rest of the Top 25 and to read the full write-ups on Bogaerts and Cecchini, click HERE.
In addition to Law's updated Top 25, ESPN.com's Greg Rosenstein takes a closer look at Bogaerts' defense and whether of not he can stay at shortstop. Writes Rosenstein:
When talking to scouts and front-office executives about Boston Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts, the initial observation is always the same: hitting. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound shortstop has thrived offensively at every level since signing with the organization in August 2009.
ESPN's Keith Law, who ranked the Aruba native as the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball heading into the season, said earlier this year that "a shortstop who can hit like this is a pretty special commodity."
Bogaerts has elite bat speed and power. Despite a slow start that he blames on the weather -- "It was so cold I couldn't even hold the bat" -- the 20-year-old is hitting .284/.367/.432 with two homers for Double-A Portland.
It's a skill set that have most within the industry wondering not if he'll suit up for the Red Sox, but when. However, while his rise through the organization appears quick, it isn't without questions.
Click HERE to read the rest of Rosenstein's piece.