Re: A closer Look at Iggy's 2012 MLB Season
posted at 10/8/2012 12:01 AM EDT
In response to seabeachfred's comment:
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
From what I have seen , he will be at least a decent hitter in MLB. Defensively , he is terrific. My opinion is that he should get every opportunity to be our shortstop.
Come on guys, the kid hit what? 108? He was terrible and I don't know where Ike get this plate discipline from. Iglesias has very little plate discipline, no power, average speed and is a total offensive washout. His fielding, spectacular as it is, cannot cover for his total ineptness at the plate and unless we put a powerful lineup unlike the one we featured the last month next season we will have to pinch hit for him in just about every close game we have---and how does that work to have your best fielder on the bench in the late innings? We can do better and we must.
First of all, I seriously dount he will hit .108 his whole career or even .180 for that matter. Let's assume he can hit .200-.225. If the projections on defense can be sustained over a full season, and Iggy can save 65-70 runs on defense, that would indeed cove the "ineptness" pretty much.
As to pinch hitting for him late in games, if we have a nice fielding utility player (Ciriaco?), then PH'ing for Iggy should not be a big deal. We'd be getting 7-9 innings of stellar defense before he would be replaced by above average fiedling for 0-2 innings.
I am not saying Iggy can save 70 runs on defense vs the average SS, but if he can, I can stomach some pretty poor hitting for a while, especially since 2013 will not be a rong-contending year. Maybe a full season in MLB can allow Iggy a chance to see if he can get up to .240 to .250. That extra .025 would be the gravy.