Jose Iglesias will hit just enough to create a shortstop controversy
The graceful, flashy shortstop has been ready to field his position in the majors since the Red Sox signed the Cuban as a international free agent in September 2009. The question has been whether his bat would ever be worthy of a place in the daily lineup.
Iglesias has just a .589 OPS in 783 Triple-A plate appearances, but there were encouraging signs in the small-sample size spring training provided (.294 average, .765 OPS). Veteran Stephen Drew has been a fine player when healthy, but his spring was put on pause by post-concussion symptoms, and his last name probably doesn't get him the benefit of the doubt with too many Sox fans. The door is open for Iglesias to get his chance, and a hit every four at-bats would be a tolerable output given his exceptional glove.