"Just in general I feel quicker, stronger," Bogaerts said. "Regardless of whether you see it or not, I know what I feel, and I feel like I can reach anything."
Bogaerts had an uneven first full season at the plate, hitting .240/.297/.362 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 538 at-bats.
"I’m just one year older, but I just feel more comfortable," he said. "I struggled really badly last year. I don’t think it’ll get any worse than that. I’ve been through a lot, from the World Series through struggling that much, so what else can I do?"
After shifting between shortstop and third base in 2014, Bogaerts is in line to serve as the team's full-time shortstop in 2015.
“Sometimes I catch the ball, see if it’s an easy out, and that’s when I get in trouble,” he said yesterday. “Pass it through (first baseman Mike) Napoli’s chest — that’s what I need to do. But don’t go light just because it looks easy.”
After spending the winter working out with Dustin Pedroia, he's ready to unveil his new arm. The Red Sox are noticing the time he has put in to improve.
“If you look at his arm stroke now compared to this time a year ago, it was longer last year,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “So he would cut the ball, it would sail, it would sink, it wouldn’t have the true backspin he’s generating now, which adds to the carry of throws. He’s done quite a bit of work on just maintaining a strong front side with his direction and a shorter arm stroke to give that true rotation to the throws.”
Now that Bogaerts is showing a much more powerful arm, Red Sox infield coach Brian Butterfield is optimistic that his hard work will pay off.
“Bogey is in great shape, has worked hard in the offseason to get better, and that’s one of the things that sticks out to us,” Butterfield said. “We know we have a guy playing in the middle of our infield that cares about getting better and he’ll do anything he can to move up in that regard.”
“Yeah, a little bit -- going really bad for two months, I mean extremely bad,” Bogaerts said of losing confidence, per WEEI.com. “Trying to have confidence everyday coming to the park was pretty tough. This year is a new year, I feel much better. I feel much more confident in myself so, it’s something I definitely learned, no matter how tough the situation is it’s just keep your head up.”
Bogaerts said the experiences he learned last season should help him well moving forward.
“It’s a really tough game,” Bogaerts said. “Especially in the Boston market — a lot of media attention, especially after winning the World Series, a lot of eyes were on us. I think this year will probably be the same because of all the new acquisitions that we have. You just have to have a lot of confidence in yourself. You go through your ups and downs. It’s definitely easy to lose your confidence.”
"His first- and second-step quickness today was really good," Butterfield said Monday. "He's had days like that (before). It's always a full body of work."
Bogaerts, 22, spent the offseason working on his quickness at the EXOS Performance Institute in Phoenix -- at the suggestion of infield teammate Dustin Pedroia -- rather than train in his native Aruba. Butterfield has confidence Bogaerts can continue to improve defensively.
"Yeah I do, and I think I'm speaking for everyone else on the coaching staff, too, and that includes [manager] John Farrell," Butterfield said. "I think Bogie is ready to meet that challenge. The good thing is he's highly intelligent and he wants to be good, so he's going to do anything that he can to hold up his end of the bargain."
Butterfield also plans to work with Bogaerts on anticipating the pitch selection by studying the tendencies of the team's pitchers to help with positioning.
"One without the other, you're not going to be as good," Butterfield said. "When he gets to the point where he's consistent with both his anticipation and his first- and second-step quickness, he's going to be fine."
Bogaerts spent time at shortstop and third base last season but is expected to work exclusively at shortstop after the addition of Pablo Sandoval. The young infielder made half of his errors at third base in 2014 despite playing less than a third of his innings at the position.
"This is probably the strongest I’ve ever felt going into a season -- and by far,” Bogaerts said, via the website. “I’m definitely real excited for the season.”
Bogaerts, 22, had an up-and-down 2014 season, his first full year in the majors. He finished at .240 with 12 homers and 46 RBI in 144 games.
He'll spend a few more weeks training in Arizona before reporting to spring training.
“I kind of never challenged my body to lift heavier weights because I’ve always tried to kind of maintain the same,” Bogaerts said. “Getting the knowledge from those kind of guys and just trusting the whole system that they have over there and just pushing your body, it’s really a difference than any years I’ve had in the past.
“It was mostly gym and conditioning and speed and stuff like that, power and speed. It was definitely something that I really enjoyed.”
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|9/28/2014 vs N.Y. Yankees|
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|vs Pineda (Career)||4||2||0||.500||.500||.500|
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|2010||R-DSL Red Sox||63||239||39||75||7||5||3||42||30||37||4||5||.396||.423||.314|
|2012||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||23||92||12||30||10||0||5||17||1||21||1||1||.351||.598||.326|
|2012||AFA-Salem Red Sox||104||384||59||116||27||3||15||64||43||85||4||4||.378||.505||.302|
|2013||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||56||219||40||68||12||6||6||35||35||51||5||1||.407||.502||.311|
|2013||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||60||225||32||64||11||0||9||32||28||44||2||2||.369||.453||.284|
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