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October 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Xander Bogaerts Prospect Retrospective

Xander Bogaerts has reportedly been installed as having 15-1 odds to win the World Series MVP this year, and we've heard many writers comment that that bet would be a great value proposition. 
Could anybody have pegged that as even a one-in-a-million possibility a year ago?  But here we are, the Red Sox slated to start Game 1 of the Word Series on Wednesday night, and Bogaerts primed to play a big role in the series. It's the essence of what makes baseball -- and following prospects on their climb up the minor league ladder -- so riveting.  

Bogaerts' story may be new to many on the national stage, but here at SoxProspects we've been covering the Aruban phenom in depth for years. Here's a cross section of some of our coverage on Bogaerts over the years:

Sox sign Jair & Xander Bogaerts (Mike Andrews, Sept. 1, 2009 (forum post))

2010 SoxProspects.com Players of the Year (Matt Huegel, Sept. 17, 2010)
The Book: Xander Bogaerts (Chris Mellen, Oct. 8, 2010)

2011 Prospect Preview (Chris Mellen, Feb. 7, 2011)
Xander Bogaers assigned to Greenville (John Gray, June 9, 2011)
The Ladder - Xander Bogaerts and Bryce Brentz (Chris Mellen, July 27, 2011)
Xanders' legend grows (John Gray, Aug. 9, 2011)
SoxProspects Staff Top 40 Rankings (Staff, Sept. 9, 2011)
2011 SoxProspects.com Players of the Year (Matt Huegel, Sept. 16, 2011)

Podcast #22: Bogaerts projections (Podcast Team, Jan. 23, 2012)
ESPN Boston: Bogaerts opening eyes (Mike Andrews, Feb. 7, 2012)
2012 Prospect Preview (Chris Mellen, April 2, 2012)
The Book: Xander Bogaerts (Chris Mellen, June 12, 2012)
ESPN Boston: At 19, Bogaerts on the move (Jon Meoli, Aug. 9, 2012)
Xander Bogaerts promoted to Portland (John Gray, Aug. 9, 2012)
2012 SoxProspects.com Players of the Year (John Gray, Sept. 10, 2012)
Top 40 Season in Review: Xander Bogaerts (Will Woodward, Nov. 9, 2012)
ESPN Boston: Top 10 at season's end (Mike Andrews, Sept. 26, 2012)

Xander Bogaerts promoted to Pawtucket (Kevin Periera, June 13, 2013)
Bogaerts captivates audience in Triple-A debut (Kevin Pereira, June 15, 2013)
ESPN Boston: Bogaerts continues to impress in Pawtucket (Matt Huegel, July 12, 2013)
Scouting Scratch: Xander Bogaerts, Alex Hassan, Dan Butler (Ian Cundall, Aug. 8, 2013)
Xander Bogaerts: Top prospect, shortstop, and … bunter? (Tim Healey, Aug. 14, 2013)

Xander Bogaerts gets the call (Luke Lavoie, August 19, 2013)
Most Exciting Player They’ve Had In The System, Period (Chris Hatfield, Aug. 21, 2013)
SoxProspects.com Podcast #43: Honkbal hits the Hub (Podcast Team, Aug. 28, 2013)
ESPN Boston: Top 10 in Sox system (Mike Andrews, Sept. 30, 2013)