Re: 6 Sox prospects among Top100 ...
posted at 2/1/2013 8:41 AM EST
A freshman in college would not hit .269 in AAA.
But a college freshman would have a higher OBP than Iggy, who is slightly under .300 in over 800 plate appearances.(the college freshman comment was sarcasm) For a guy with Iggys eye hand co ordination, his BB% and K rate are embarrassing. I cannot recall any player so over matched at the plate as Iggy was in his 80 plate appearances For the RS.
1) The average collge frashman or the very best?
2) Iggy had a .318 OBP last year. I seriously doubt many college freshman whold maintain that in AAA.
3) 80 PAs is a puny sample size.
We are entering post PED baseball, where players that are 32,33 are again going to be on the down side of their career. Many teams are going to shy away from free agents that are 29 and 30 for fear of paying them in their 35/38 years. Peak performance years are going to revert back to 24 thru 31 years old. Iggy is 23 years old with 1000 minor league plate appearances. From what I can see, this is who he is.
He rose from .235 to .269 from age 21 to 22, and you are calling him topped out? He may well never hit above .269 again, but come on, there is a vast time period for further improvement on his behalf. I believe, an 80 PA sample size is clouding your judgement. If Iggy can hit .250 with a .310 OBP in MLB along with GG caliber fielding, he will be an asset not a negative.
Dont get me wrong, I can appreciate a defensive SS that is no hit great field. But not in Fenway. Iggy plays to a team like San Fran with superior pitching low run games. San Diego. A Fenway team needs to score runs and cannot afford an automatic out in the line up.
One reason we have needed to score so many runs in recent years, is because of poor fielding and pitching. A great-ranged SS can help any pitcher look better. We need to win some low scoring games to have a chance.