The time has come. The Boston Red Sox will reportedly call up highly touted prospect Xander Bogaerts to the major league club.
From Alex Speier of WEEI:
The Red Sox made a host of roster changes shortly after midnight on Monday morning, following their 9-6 loss to the Yankees. Most notably, an industry source told WEEI.com that the team will call up shortstop and top prospect Xander Bogaerts to join them on the West Coast road trip, with utility infielder Brock Holt getting optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
This season, Bogaerts is hitting a combined .297 with 15 home runs, 67 RBI, 72 runs and seven stolen bases in 116 games spent between Double-A and Triple-A ball. He's mostly been utilized at shortstop, though he does have several starts at third base.
He is widely considered one of the top prospects in the game, with Baseball America listing him as the No. 4 prospect in all of baseball, while MLB.com has him at No. 6. Though Stephen Drew will remain the incumbent at shortstop, Bogaerts can cover two infield positions and has the ability to secure a larger role with the club if he gets off to a fast start.
The Red Sox would gladly accept a fast start from their top prospect, too.
They are currently in a tight postseason battle and are a game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, while the Baltimore Orioles are lurking at 4.5 games back.
If Bogaerts could step in and have a Yasiel Puig effect for the Sox—and obviously, that's a long shot—it's hard to see Boston missing the playoffs.
More realistically, Bogaerts will provide some depth for the team and give fans a small taste of his potential in what promises to be a bright future.