Re: Iggy bashers where are you!?
posted at 6/26/2013 11:19 AM EDT
A nonsensical OP because it's been hard to find Iggy bashers on OTFB, among the Sox commentators at the Globe and NESN, or even in the front office. Everybody has been very happy with how he has fielded and hit this year for Boston.
Last year was a different story because, while he still looked brilliant in the field, he couldn't hit spit at the MLB level--.118 average, .391 OPS in 25 games. In fact, cumulatively, 2010-2013, Iglesias minor league average at all levels was .257 and his OPS .622. And that's why the Sox went after Stephen Drew, who just might have been a brilliant acquisition because his coming to Boston sure fired up Iglesias.
This year I might have been guilty of bashing when I said I was fine with Farrell saying Drew would become the starting SS once he had recovered from being on the DL. I repeatedly said Iglesias looked very good and was sure to return to Boston, but the anti-bashers I guess need to lash out at someone. So Iglesias had to go back to Pawtucket where he very definitely was not happy. In fact, he got benched for not running out grounders. Fortunately for him, Middlebrooks then went on the DL, and back Iglesias came, this time to stay.
Right now Iglesias is a pretty amazing story. The Sox always knew he could field, and by that I mean at the gold glove level. But no one had any idea he would hit this well at this point, basically three years after he turned professional and despite a lot of nonsuccess at the minor league level. If he doesn't get injured and continues to hit decently, not at the .400 level, he deserves the AL rookie of the year award. And, whether or not he gets that award, all Sox fans will benefit from just being able to watch him play at the MLB level. He is truly gifted. Last night he got that error, but still finally got the ball and threw very, very hastily to 1B, which cried out for a throwing error, but it was a nice one hopper which Napoli caught easily. Because he plays mostly at 3B, we haven't seen that much of his range yet, but we will.