Re: A closer Look at Iggy's 2012 MLB Season
posted at 10/8/2012 12:50 PM EDT
As Moon initially points out, this guy is a very SPECIAL defensive player at a very important defensive position. Iglesius's stats are currently from a small sample size, but there is not much of a chance that they will change dramatically either up or down with more innings in the field.
I have mentioned on another thread that this guy can be taught and directed to be a much better offensive contributor. He is a different type of player and needs to have different expectations with a different teaching emphasis.
Let's get this guy away from thinking long ball and long drives into any gaps for extra base hits. He is too valuable in the field not to be in the field, but he can should no longer have the "normal" offensive expectations tied to his effectiveness.
Teach this guy to hit line drives and hard grounders up the middle in every at-bat. Almost like game speed pepper. He will not get many HRs or RBIs but he will make plenty enough of an offensive contribution to keep his stellar glove in the lineup while hitting 9th in the order.
Hitting the ball up the middle hard three times a game will get him about a single per game. He will learn to pull the inside pitch and also hit the outside pitch to right field. This approach will cut down on his swings at balls that are out of the strike zone which will increase his OBP by increasing his walks.
He is certainly ahtletic enough to be taught to learn to bunt for a hit and also improve his ability to sacrifice bunt to further increase his offensive capabilities even though he may still get pinch hit for with runners on late in games.
He has excellent speed and I would bet that he could get a bunt base hit once every four games and get a sacrifice at least once every third game. Both aspects would help make his OBP continue to rise.
With this guy's glove would it be terrible if he had 5 to 7 hits a week with a few walks, a couple of sacrfice bunts even if he ended the year with only two HRs and maybe 45 RBIs???
Many "defensive" guys played shortstop in the past with less offensive stats than i think this guy can achieve (.240-.270 BA, .330-.365 OBP, 45 RBIs, a couple of HR) while probably not be as good as Iglesius is in the field where he may save 1/4 run per game.
HIT THE BALL UP THE MIDDLE, Jose!!!! LEARN TO BUNT BETTER, JOSE!!!! Earn more money as a starting major league shortstop until perhaps you can expand your hitting role.
Do you think that Dave Magadan reads this forum and gathers any contructive ideas ???