In 2009, Bogaerts' Aruba South team participated in the Senior League World Series, squaring off against U
In 2009, Bogaerts signed with Red Sox scout Mike Lord, out of Aruba, for a bonus of $410,000
The Red Sox also landed Xander's twin brother, C/1B Jair, for $180,000. Jair was the first one to impress Boston cross-checker Mike Lord. But as he was wrapping up his visit, he asked one final question to those around the workout. Was there anyone else on the island, he wondered, who he should see before heading back to the States? Yes.
Xander Bogaerts, the twin brother of Jair, was consigned to his bed while completing his recovery from chicken pox. But everyone Lord talked to at the workout said the same thing: This was the guy to see.
The scout met Bogaerts’ uncle, Glenroy Brown, the man who had given the twins their grounding in baseball. A call was made, and after some initial reluctance, Bogaerts’ mother, Sandra, relented. Bogaerts could go to the workout.
“Xander shows up, and he’s broad-shouldered, nice, athletic-looking guy,” recalled Lord, now the coach at Trevecca Nazarene University in Tennessee. “He looked like he just woke up. It was like a rock star just showed up out of a limo. All the guys love him, and he was so personable to everyone, had this great smile. (Alex Speier-Baseball America-4/02/12)
In the spring of 2011, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Bogaerts as the 14th-best prospect in the Red Sox organization Xander has a solid work ethic
In the spring of 2011, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Bogaerts as the 14th-best prospect in the Red Sox organization
Xander has a solid work ethic
Bogaerts is compared the most to Hanley Ramirez, and that just happens to be Xander's favorite player.
Another favorite when growing up: Andruw Jones, who is from Curacao -- another Caribbean island that is a constituent country to the Netherlands, just as Aruba is.
March 2013: Bogaerts played for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.
"I didn't want to have no expectations. I just always try to go out there and have fun, play the right way," he said. "Once you put expectations on yourself, it might start to go downhill and you put more pressure on yourself. There are a lot of fans at the games, you hear your name a lot, but you try to block all of it out and keep focusing on the baseball.
"It's what I've done all my life. Growing up, enjoying every moment of it. That's the best way you can play and that's when I'm at my best."
Jonny Gomes talked about Bogaerts call-up to the team on September 1, 2013.
"This time of year is fun too, seeing guys get called up like Xander Bogaerts. Most people look at tools when it comes to a player, you know, speed, power, etc. I look at it if you’re in the big leagues, you’re good. So we can put the tools aside. I need to know what kind of person you are, if you have the will to win, the will to learn, to be a good teammate.
"Xander is out taking ground balls at 3:40 for a 7:00 game," says Gomes. "That says something about his work ethic and also he asks questions and wants answers. He’s really plugged in. He’s off to a good start. He’s way ahead of the curve with how young he is."
Xander is intelligent and multilingual. This native of Aruba didn’t begin his pro career until after he’d earned his high school diploma at age 16.
Xander played for the Dutch national team for the 2011 Baseball World Cup, winning the gold medal.
Bogaerts wears the #2 jersey to honor Derek Jeter.
April 18, 2014: Bogaerts expressed remorse for accidentally tweeting a picture of a woman who wasn't fully dressed, and he noted it was a learning experience.
"It definitely wasn't my intention," said Bogaerts. "Once I found out it was on Twitter, I went and deleted it and also locked my Twitter account."
December 2016: Bogaerts committed to play for the Netherlands in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
April 7-11, 2017: Xander was on the bereavement list.