He is the youngest player on the Portland Sea Dogs roster.

But shortstop Xander Bogaerts is also one of the Boston Red Sox’s top prospects.

He is ranked the 20th top prospect in the MLB.com Top 100 Prospects list and eighth in the Baseball American Top 100 Prospects List.

It’s easy to see why.

Last season, he hit .302 with 27 doubles, three triples, 15 homers and 64 runs batted in for Salem in the high Class A Carolina League, which earned him a promotion to the Double-A Sea Dogs.

He then hit for an even higher average in Portland (.326). He had 10 doubles, 5 homers and 17 RBIs in just 23 games. He was Portland’s starting designated hitter in its opener Thursday night against Trenton and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a groundout to third in the 13-5 loss.

Bogaerts is a native of Aruba in the Netherlands Antilles and had the opportunity to play for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. He played third base and hit .263 with two doubles.

The Netherlands was one of the surprise teams of the tournament, going 4-3 and reaching the semifinals, where it was beaten by eventual champ the Dominican Republic 4-1.

Playing in the World Baseball Classic was “awesome” said Bogaerts.

“I got to play with a lot of new guys and we played in different parts of the world. We traveled a lot. We played in Japan, Taiwan, Arizona and San Francisco,” said Bogaerts. “No one expected us to go as far as we did. The Dominican Republic had a bunch of [Major League Baseball] All-Stars and so did the American team. But we played really well. We had a good run. We did the best we could.”

Bogaerts received the opportunity to face some of the world’s best pitchers and he feels it was beneficial to his development.

“My confidence level is pretty high,” he said.

He returned to the Red Sox spring training and went 2-for-7.

“I struggled a little bit. My timing was off. But I got back on track and got a few hits and I felt pretty good. Hopefully, it will carry on throughout the season,” said Bogaerts.