Xander Bogaerts replaced the struggling Will Middlebrooks at third base for the Red Sox on Thursday night in Game 5 of the ALCS. Bogaerts, who just turned 21 on Oct. 1, quickly advanced through the team’s farm system this season. A look at Bogaerts’s rapid rise:
April 4, 2013 (Eastern League opener)
Bogaerts batted second as the designated hitter for the Portland Sea Dogsand was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts as Portland lost to visiting Trenton, 13-5.
June 14, 2013 (International League debut)
Bogaerts, playing shortstop and batting sixth, went 1 for 2 with a single and a walk and scored the game’s only run. Host Pawtucket beat Buffalo, 1-0.
Aug. 20, 2013 (Major League debut)
Bogaerts, who joined the Red Sox on the West Coast, batted seventh and played shortstop in San Francisco. Facing Ryan Vogelsong, he was hitless in three at-bats with one strikeout. The Red Sox lost, 3-2.
Oct. 17, 2013 (first postseason start)
Bogaerts batted eighth and played third base in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in Detroit. He doubled to left in his first at-bat and scored on David Ross’s double. He went 1 for 3 with a strikeout and walk in Boston’s 4-3 victory.