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Bogaerts knocking on the door

The Red Sox prospect is almost ready for MLB -- he just needs a spot to play

Updated: July 18, 2013, 3:05 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Beyond his talent on the field, Boston Red Sox shortstop prospect Xander Bogaerts rates a Torii Hunter-like grade on the 20-80 player congeniality scale. He displayed his people skills during the All-Star Futures Game, when he stood near the third-base dugout at Citi Field in New York and gave one media interview after another on a day so hot it could melt a Cliff Lee death stare.

Bogaerts, 20, answered questions about his position preference (open-minded), his linguistic skills (he speaks ...

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