Re: Forget Iglesias, He Can't Hit
posted at 9/20/2012 2:50 PM EDT
moon - If you had to guess, who is the Red Sox starting SS on August 1 next year? My money is strongly on Bogaerts. Ciriaco will be one of the utility guys and Iglesias probably will be in Pawtucket again or traded as part of a package.
My guess is Bogaerts might get a look in September, so he keeps the arb clock from ticking.
I think Iggy will be the near FT SS on 8/1/13.
If Iggy is our FT SS, Pawtucket will be clear for Bogaerts. If he's lighting it up, I wouldn't expect the Sox to wait long to bring him up.
Since we wont be in a serious playoff run next year, I still think we hold off on the arb clock with Bogaerts.
I think it's more that the Sox draft the players with the highest value - starting pitchers, catchers and shortstops have the highest value. If we have talented prospects knocking on the door at these positions, but are blocked, they can easily be traded to other teams for the pieces we need.
True, and there is a reason SSs get drafted so often: usually the best player or athelete on a team plays SS, even if he is not a good enough fielder to be ML quality, he still is the best IF'er on his team. It is also a position of great stature in HS and college, as well it should be.
I wouldn't be surprised if Bogaerts ends up at 3B, 2B or even 1B (he is a tall guy). However, if Iggy, Ciriaco or any of the other several SS prospects we have don't show they can be a quality ML SS, Bogaerts may end up there anyways.