Xander Bogaerts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Xander Bogaerts was an All-Star for the Red Sox in 2016--and that was a year after he batted .320!
The 25-year-old's preparing for his fifth full season in the majors and his new manager Alex Cora considers him one of the best shortstops in the game, despite a down year that featured just a .273 average, .746 OPS, 10 homers, and 62 RBI.
"You look at his numbers, his on-base percentage last year, it wasn't that bad," said Cora. "Sometimes you have a bad year, and it happens. People bounce back. But physically, he's up there with the best of them. Mentally, he's in a good place right now. That's a guy that, I'm looking forward to working with him on a daily basis."
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Cora said the Red Sox are hoping for more consistency from Bogaerts.
"There's certain things that, offensively, we feel that he can do, put himself in a better hitting position, that is gonna help him out," he said.
Boston's first full squad workouts are Monday. The Sox' first exhibition game is a week from tomorrow.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports