Re: Wish it was Iggy's time also!
posted at 4/3/2013 8:50 AM EDT
In response to BMav's comment:
In response to redsoxdirtdog's comment:
Drew SO uninspiring with respect to his stats (big sample),
Between 2008-2011, here are the top 7 SS's in OPS.........
Pretty inspiring for me. Then he got injured in 2011. The question is will he back to his old self or not? We don't know yet. If he is, he will be a very impressive offensive SS.
As for Iglesias, he had a solid spring. However, he still didn't walk enough[3-68 AB's]. He did drive the ball better and hit the ball harder. He could be a livable offensive SS. He hasn't proven that yet. And he didn't do enough to prove that this Spring either.
In his first game he played very solid. But he made zero plays[watching this closely cause of Moon] that Drew or any other SS would have made. On offense, he had zero walks. Also only took 3.4 pitches per AB. And his 3 hits were a bunt in the dirt, a dribbler in the dirt, and a two hopper hit hard into the dirt. Three infield hits. Add that to his popup and his horrible K with the bases loaded and 1 out where he swung at 2 breaking balls in the dirt and I would call it a mixed result and a bit dirty.
I am hoping he plays well, Drew gets healthy, Iggy gets sent down to the AAA and proves he can hit and becomes a bit more patient. Then maybe we have a platoon type situation in September and Iggy is our SS in 2014. That for me is the perfect scenerio.
Drew certainly has the potential to return to being a top 5 or 10 offensive SS in MLB. A 4 year sample size is large enough to think that at his age, he can repeat it, if healthy, in 2013.
I'm not going to go into the same argument I've repeated too many times about SS defense, but picking apart Iggy's one game this year is unproductive and a bit futile. He did not look that good at the plate, despite the 3 hits, but to me, it was nice to see a Sox player bunt well, and Iggy had been scorching the ball this spring- many for outs, so maybe he was due for some "soft hits".
On his fielding, he did make one play look very easy. A ball hit to his left, he scooted over quickly and amazingly got the ball with both feet planted in perfect form to be able to make the play look easy. I'm sure Drew makes the play as well, but perhaps with difficulty. I'm glad you are watching Iggy's defense closely. There will be games here and there with nothing special happens, but mark my words, there will also be games where Iggy makes 2-4 or maybe even 5 plays that Stephen only dreams of making. Prepare to be amazed.
(Sidenote: I wouldn't be surprised if Drew has an OPS of over .800 if he gets over this injury 100%.)