Fenway faithful see future Sox stars feted

Fenway faithful see future Sox stars feted

Fenway faithful see future Sox stars feted
BOSTON -- The brighter days for the Red Sox that could be in the near future stood along the first-base line at Fenway Park about an hour before Saturday's game against the Orioles.

There was shortstop Xander Boagerts, a dazzling prospect who is considered by most to be the best position player in Boston's farm system. A few feet away stood Jackie Bradley, Jr., the center fielder who has soared through the farm system after being drafted just 16 months ago.

This step-back season the Red Sox are having is made easier only when you catch a glimpse of the coming attractions who were on display on Saturday, here to collect their Minor League awards.

Bogaerts, who turns 20 on Oct. 1, was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Red Sox farm system.

Considering the numbers Boagerts put up this year between Class A Salem and Double-A Portland (.307, 37 doubles, three triples, 20 home runs, 81 RBIs and 44 walks in 127 games), it's easy to imagine him settling into the right-handed batters' box at Fenway Park within the next couple of years.

"It's a dream come true," Bogaerts said of being at Fenway. "Everyone wants to play here, and hopefully that dream will come true in the future. Right now, I'm just appreciating this time to think of what it means."

How soon would Bogaerts like to call Fenway his home office?

"As quick as possible," Bogaerts said. "That's all I can say."

Bradley, Jr. was on hand to be recognized as the top defensive player in the organization. He had a one-word scouting report on Bogaerts, his teammate at Salem and Portland this season.

"Stud," bellowed Bradley.

The one thing that stood out when talking to both Bogaerts and Bradley was their comfort in their own skin.

What does Bradley think about the notion he could play for the Red Sox at some point during 2013?

"I hope it's kind of realistic. That sounds nice," Bradley said. "I don't know what their plans are with me. All I can really do, the only thing I can really control, is just playing baseball. That's what I'm going to go out there and do, and I'm going to do it to the best of my abilities."

While the Red Sox entered play on Saturday with a 68-84 record, the prospects know that things like that are cyclical.

"It's definitely not going to take one person to fix solutions or anything," said Bradley. "It's just one of those times. It's baseball, it happens."

There were several other award winners on hand during Saturday's pregame presentation. Righty Brandon Workman was named the team's Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Third baseman Garin Cecchini got the organization's Base Runner of the Year Award. Right-handed pitcher Keivin Heras and outfielder Manuel Margot represented the Dominican Summer League Red Sox as Minor League Latin Program Pitcher and Player of the Year.

Daniel Nava, who spent much of the season with the Red Sox, received the Lou Gorman Award. Created in 2011, the award is given annually to a Red Sox Minor League player who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles while working his way to the Major League team.