The only player in the Eastern League who will be younger than Bogaerts is newly-promoted Orioles righthander Dylan Bundy, who was born a month after Bogaerts. The only other player in all of Double-A younger than Bogaerts or Bundy is Rangers 19-year-old shortstop Jurickson Profar.
Yet despite his youth, Bogaerts has proven himself ready to make the jump. Bogaerts hit .301/.376/.505 in 103 games for Salem with 15 homers, 42 walks and 85 strikeouts. Like Profar, Bogaerts was an international signing in 2009 who has moved quickly through the minors. While it's likely that Bogaerts may have to slide over to third base, he has plenty of offensive upside for the position, with an advanced bat for his age, terrific bat speed and impressive raw power to all fields. As well as Will Middlebrooks has played this year, there are still plenty of scouts who see Bogaerts having even more potential at the plate.
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