Bogaerts playing for the Netherlands national team in 2013 World Baseball Classic
|Boston Red Sox|
October 1, 1992 |
San Nicolaas, Aruba
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|Competitor for Netherlands|
|Baseball World Cup|
|Gold||2011 Panama||National team|
Bogaerts signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent in August 2009. He made his professional debut in 2010 with the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Red Sox, where he batted .314 with a .396 on-base percentage (OBP) and .423 slugging percentage (SLG). He led the DSL Red Sox in batting average, hits (75), home runs (3), runs batted in (RBI) (42), total bases (101), slugging and on-base plus slugging (OPS). He was fifth in the DSL in RBI and tenth in total bases. He had a .929 fielding percentage. The next year, at age 18, he played in a full-season league for the Class-A Greenville Drive, with a .260 batting average, .324 OBP and .509 SLG, fielding .924 and hitting 16 home runs in 72 games. He then joined the Dutch national team for the 2011 Baseball World Cup, winning the gold medal.
During the 2012 season he started out in Class-A and ended up playing with the Portland Sea Dogs He was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game. He will appear for the Netherlands national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Bogaerts has a twin brother, Jair. Jair also signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent. He was sent to the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2012 season to complete the compensation regarding Theo Epstein.
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