Re: So Long for now, IGGY......
posted at 4/9/2013 3:50 PM EDT
In response to slomag's comment:
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Pumpsie....you keep saying Iggy has to go to AAA to "prove" he can hit consistently..I am curious as to what #'s you think he needs to put up to "prove it"?...I think you noted 250 PA.....last year in AAA in his last 251 PA in 56 games resulting in a .270 Average, .321 OBP, .305 SLG, he walked 17 times while striking 28 times...he stole 8 bases, scored 25 runs, had 13 RBI's with 8 2B and 4 SF and 3 Sacrifice bunts.....which of those #'s need to be better in the 250 PA you want him to do in Pawtucket this year, that would prove to you he isnow miraculously ready? Seems to me that type of production his more than enough to expect from a defensive wiz at SS.....but if you disagree please provide specifics.
if he could put up those numbers in the MLB that would be A-OK but he will not. Not in 2013 anyway.
MOST prospects go to AAA (or any MiLB level for that matter) and prove that they can play the game well there before they are promoted. Iggy has yet to do that on the offensive front so he should not be in the MLB until he does so. For me, i think he should hit .300 with an OPS of .700ish over 300 ABs before i'm ready to give him a long look in the bigs.
That will not likely happen in the next few years.
The kid his .266/.318 in AAA last year and has been improving. he bunts and runs well, which helps his offense be better than his BA and OPS show.
I have said, I'd be happy with .220 with his glove, but I think he could hit .240-.260 in 2013 in MLB with an OBP close to .290. That OBP is not far from Drew's career .328 mark and much closer to his last 2 year marks (309 & 317).
Only 1 MLB SS had a BA over 300 last year. Only 4 over 290 and 8 over .280 (with 400+ PAs).
A .700 OPS would have placed you 12th in MLB for a SS.
In his last three full healthy seasons, Drew averaged an .800 OPS. He's 30 years old and he's shown this Spring that his ankle is healthy - why would we assume he would perform closer to his injury-riddled seasons than his healthy? That .800 OPS would have been 3rd among all SSs last year, and would be about .200 points higher than Iglesias's AAA best. I know Drew is no Iglesias with the glove but can anybody's glove compensate for .200 OPS? Why don't you argue starting Christian Vazquez at Catcher? It's the same principle.
This line-up could also use some left handed pop right now, especially with Ortiz out. It's not the end of the world to send Iglesias back to Pawtucket with some confidence for a little while...Drew seems to be very underrated on this board and the stats are clearly presented in the "glass is half empty" way to support Iglesias. Someone who covered his career in AZ was on WEEI about a month ago and raved about him, especially his defense. If Iglesias continues to hit in Pawtucket and Drew plays well in Boston, then the Sox will obviously have options, which is a good thing. For now, since Papi is out and the Sox will face more righties, another left handed bat can't hurt...