As the Boston Red Sox push towards the playoffs, manager John Farrell has some difficult decisions ahead. Who remains in the starting rotation, who goes to the bullpen and who's the eighth inning guy? But one of the managers most difficult decision may be who is the starting shortstop going forward? Is it veteran Stephen Drew or rookie Xander Bogaerts?
In today's Red Sox Life Poll, we let you decide.
Drew has a .244 average, .326 OBP and .426 slugging mark with 12 homers this season. However, over the past week he's hitting just .200 and over the past month he's hitting .237 with seven RBI. Against left-handed pitching this year Drew is batting just .184 with a slugging percentage of just .338. While not having the range or the flash in the field of say Jose Iglesias, Drew does make consistent plays in the field.
Bogaerts may be a 20-year-old rookie, but he has shown the poise of a veteran thus far. There is no doubt that Xander is the shortstop of the future, but could the future be now? In just 11 major league games, Bogaerts is hitting .296 with a homer and 4 RBI. In 387 minor league games, Bogaerts hit .296 with 54 home runs. In the field, Bogaerts appears sure handed, has range and the ability to make spectacular plays. We have not have yet seen the best of Bogaerts.