After waiting far too long, Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has officially been selected to the 2019 All-Star game. Despite being a shortstop, Bogaerts does not join the team in the shortstop spot. Instead, he’ll fill in at DH in place of the injured Hunter Pence.
Xander Bogaerts Makes All-Star Team as Injury Replacement
Xander Bogaerts was one of the biggest snubs in the 2019 All-Star game, but that wrong has been rectified. The longtime pro was selected as an injury replacement, as designated hitter Hunter Pence is not healthy enough to play in this glorified exhibition game.
It might have taken an injury for Bogaerts to make the roster, but the two-time World Series champion should have earned the honor much sooner. Bogaerts is having a fantastic season, as he currently owns a .301/.392/.541 slash line with an accompanying 141 wRC+ and a 3.8 fWAR. His fWAR is fourth-best among position players and top among shortstops.
Even though he’s technically replacing a designated hitter, it’s unknown whether or not Bogaerts will play the field. Pence is having a solid season in his own right and is hitting comparably to Bogaerts. So far on the season, Pence is hitting .294/.353/.608 with a 141 wRC+. It’s worth noting that Pence has only played 55 games this season, while Bogaerts has played in 82 games.
Bogaerts joins Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez as the lone Red Sox representatives at the 2019 All-Star game. Betts is having a solid season, but nothing close to his ridiculous MVP-caliber 2018 season. Similarly, Martinez hasn’t matched his 2018 production thus far. With Bogaerts now on the All-Star team, the only real Red Sox snub left off the roster is third baseman Rafael Devers. While he’s not better than starting third baseman Alex Bregman, the 22-year old owns an impressive .329/.378/.548 slash line with a 139 wRC+ and a 3.2 fWAR through 82 games.