Video: Xander Bogaerts hits a 3-run homer into the wind

H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY

If this is Bogaerts when he isn't quite ready, the future is going to be pretty cool.

You probably know all about Xander Bogaerts. He's the best Red Sox prospect since Hanley Ramirez, whom Boston fans didn't even get to enjoy thanks to a trade with the Marlins. He's got power, but has even more potential, as he's all of 20 years old and hasn't fully tapped into his abilities there.

That makes Wednesday's three-run bomb against Louisville all the more impressive, as Bogaerts hit a blast into the 14 mile per hour wind but also well into the seats in left, on a day where the PawSox announcers exclaimed you needed "a cannon" in order to accomplish that much:

Will Middlebrooks got the call to the Red Sox when Boston was in need of third base help, and it was at least in part because Bogaerts wasn't quite ready for the show. (The much more significant reasons have to do with Middlebrooks' own potentially bright future with the club, of course.) He's very, very close, though, and if he can close the rest of the gap in the next couple of weeks, he'll be up in time for expanded rosters, anyway.

Want to just watch the homer on repeat? You can, because we care:

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