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Xander Bogaerts

Team: Netherlands
Position: SS
Bats: Right. Throws: Right

Ranked fifth on Keith Law's ranking of the top 100 prospects in baseball, Bogaerts is the shortstop of the future for the Red Sox. He spent most of 2012 at the High Class A level and finished at Double-A Salem, with combined totals of a .307 batting average with 20 home runs and 81 RBIs. Born in Aruba, Bogaerts projects to be a middle-of-the-order bat when he reaches the majors. Law says, "A shortstop who can hit like this is a pretty special commodity."