In the wake of his promotion to Double-A, I figured now would be a good time to discuss this Xander Bogaerts guy who has Red Sox fans all hot and bothered.  Middlebrooks is down, call up BOGAAAHHTS!  To be clear:  I don’t think that’ll come to pass this year, but Red Sox fans have good reason to be excited about this particular prospect.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

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For the past few weeks I’ve been super pumped for Dan Straily‘s arrival — like, Brett Lawrie-on-a-shizzload-of-RedBull pumped.  I first wrote about him here, providing a little background and a brief scouting report.  Then, earlier this week, I rolled out my Top Ten Prospects for the Stretch Run, and Straily topped the list.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

A few of these guys are up as of recently.  Others aren’t, but should be soon.  And then a few more might not surface this year, but the mere possibility of their being called up warrants a mention.  Please understand that I’m using the term “prospects” loosely here — some of the names that follow graduated their prospect status long ago.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Dan Straily | RHP, Athletics | Born:  12/1/1988

Dan Straily hype was virtually nonexistent during the preseason.  It wasn’t yet a thing.  It’s definitely a thing now, but back in the off-season, Baseball America didn’t feature him as a top 30 Oakland prospect, and Kevin Goldstein didn’t include him in his top 20 A’s prospects over at Baseball Prospectus.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

George Springer | OF, Astros | Born:  9/19/1989

Drafted 11th overall a year ago out of UConn, George Springer wasn’t the typical, well-polished collegiate product we’re used to seeing go in the first couple rounds.  No, Springer’s skill set more closely resembled that of a high-ceiling high school prospect — strong, athletic, toolsy, but still raw.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?