PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Boston Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts controls his emotions better than most minor leaguers.
With Wednesday as Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, the 20-year-old infielder tried to focus on his task at hand and nothing else, even though his name was churning the rumor mill. After he went 2-for-4 during Pawtucket's 3-0 loss to the Norfolk Tides at McCoy Stadium, Bogaerts admitted he was relieved nothing happened -- even though there was no way the Red Sox would trade him, especially after general manager Ben Cherington dealt infielder Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-team, seven-player trade Tuesday night.
Bogaerts is the future on the left side of the infield in Boston, and he could be with the Red Sox sooner rather than later.
“It’s great,” he said. “Hopefully I can come up with the Red Sox, the team I signed with, and hopefully perform well. It’s also an honor,” he said.
He heard all the rumors and found it a bit strange that he’s received so much attention.
“It’s weird,” he said with a sigh. “I just opened a Twitter [account] and I didn’t know you see so much information and you see your name. Oh, man, I might close my Twitter. It’s crazy, man.”
Earlier in the day, the Red Sox promoted PawSox infielder Brock Holt to Boston, leaving Will Middlebrooks and Bogaerts in Pawtucket. Both players said they understood the situation and Bogaerts admitted he’s in no rush to get to the big leagues.
“I don’t think about it that way. If they want me up there and want to promote me, I’ll just go up there and try to play the same baseball that I’m playing here. See good pitches, hit good pitches and hopefully the hits fall. Now, I’m feeling really good,” he said.
When asked if he thought there was a good chance he would get the call from Boston once Iglesias was traded, Bogaerts smiled and thought about it for a few seconds before answering.
“It’s a weird one. I definitely understand. Maybe they want to give me more time here and I’m OK with it. It’s no problem," he said.
Since his promotion to Pawtucket on June 13, Bogaerts is hitting .279 with eight homers and 24 RBIs. In the last few weeks he’s been dialed in at the plate. He had a season-high seven-game hitting streak July 20-26 and recorded his first three-hit game at this level on July 25. He also participated in the Future’s Game at Citi Field in New York as part of MLB’s All-Star festivities, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
“The hits are finding holes and that’s always good when that happens,” Bogaerts said. “I’m seeing the ball better. I’ve just got to stay confident, that’s the key.”