Re: A closer Look at Iggy's 2012 MLB Season
posted at 11/1/2012 2:21 AM EDT
In response to mef429's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to Teakus' comment:
Iggy simply doesn't deserve to be the everyday SS because he hasn't learned to hit MLB pitching yet. Does he have to be a stud hitter to make the big club? Naw. But he damn well better hit over .225, and at this point that's beyond his capability. He's been told all along his defense will bring him to majors, and that narrative needs to stop. MLB players are expected to perform in all phases of the game at a minimum level, and to excel at their core strengths. He needs to work on his hitting, or consider a career outside of baseball. Period.
Like I have stated, Iggy has hit at every level after adjusting. He needs that time here to adjust and see if he can at least maintain a 230-40AVG and an OBP north of .300. Theres no way we will know this unless hes given the chance. he was hitting over .300 for the month of Aug. in AAA, so the next obvious step is Boston.
Marrero and Bogaerts will not be ready anytime before 2014 so we NEED to find out if Iggy can indeed adjust to MLB pitching THIS YEAR. His very small sample size in Sept. is hardly something to base your final judgement on.
With that said, maybe BC will aquire another SS if a good deal presents itself. I dont think he will, but its a possibility. Ciriaco is NOT the answer.
just like you don't think a should base my opinion on 1 poor month in the majors (which is not the case with me. i base my opinion on his poor hitting in the minors & the majors) you should not say because he had 1 good month in august that he comes into ST with the starting job. im looking at who gives us the best chance to win. period. including ALL phases of the game. ciriaco has proved he can hit, plays great defense, speedy on the bases. iggy just has defense on his side. I'm in no way saying ciriaco IS THE ANSWER. but he is the better ballplayer than iggy no doubt and its asanine-ten-eleven to think otherwise.
I said he has done well at every level after the adjustments. I pointed out his august numbers in AAA to suggest that maybe he has adjusted there and its time for the final step...Boston. Id rather see if my 22yr old prospect can cut it rather than a guy (Ciriaco) who has has many chances to already and has failed.
at the very least the job should be open in ST. iggy should not be gifted the startng job because of 1 month in the minors where everything clicked.. did he play only 1 month of good baseball in AA before they promoted him to AAA?? no. he showed a consistent and sustained improvment before he was pushed on. so lets do the same before we have him in a position to affect the club. clearly he was overmatched in the majors. small sample size or not that is the truth. and aside from that month of august has he given any other indication that he can hit AAA pitching? no. so he should start the year at AAA. if throughout the first 3 months he hits at an acceptable level then bring him in. If we're going to contend this year we need to come out of the gate strong and carrying a AAA player who is still trying to adjust to AAA let alone MLB pitching is the last thing we need/want.
The difference being is we had plenty of SS help with Scutaro, Aviles etc... We have Ciriaco now. Thats it! Its to the point to where we need to see if the 8mm investment on this kid can pay off. Bogaerts and Marrero could both be ready by 2014, with Bogaerts having the better chance of the 2. We need to see what Iggy can do this year so we know how to handle Bogy, ie; positions change or remain at SS. If Iggy can start hitting at a respectable rate, then we will need to give Bogaerts time to adjust to a new position. Most likely a corner OF spot with WMB at 3b. probably LF.
i reserve the right to rescind these comments pending 2013 becomes a bridge year.
haha...I believe we all have that right mef :)