The Boston Red Sox are suddenly 3-7 in their last ten games and need a spark these days. After all the drama on Sunday night, they called down to Triple-A Pawtucket and officially promoted Xander Bogaerts. In 60 games with Pawtucket, Bogaerts was hitting .284 with a .369 OBP, .453 slugging percentage and nine home runs. He's spent most of his time at his natural position of shortstop, but he's also seen action in nine games at third base. The Red Sox have struggled against lefties and Bogaerts could provide some improvement in that area given that he was hitting .298 with 16 walks and just seven strikeouts against southpaws. Bogaerts was ranked fourth on Baseball America's Midseason Top 50 list. He should be owned in all fantasy formats.
The St. Louis Cardinals plan to promote Kolten Wong, the team's first-round draft pick in 2011, on Friday. Wong has been viewed as the team's second baseman of the future, but the emergence of All-Star Matt Carpenter this season has created a bit of a roadblock for Wong with the Cardinals. John Mozeliak, Cardinals general manager,said on Thursday that this is a "message" to the team to improve both offensively and defensively. The Cardinals aren't likely to promote their top prospect to have him sit on the bench. At Triple-A Memphis this season, Wong batted .303 with 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Fantasy owners should expect that type of production from him moving forward. The question remains how much playing time Wong will receive as the Cardinals continue to try to catch the NL-Central leading Pirates.