The Providence Journal is reporting that shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias will start the season with Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox had been wrestling with that decision. Iglesias had only 236 plate appearances over 57 games for Double-A Portland last season because of a broken finger and did not exactly tear it up offensively (.285/.315/.357) while there.
One theory was to have him start at Portland, hopefully mash for a month or so and then head to Pawtucket. But the Red Sox have apparently elected to challenge Iglesias against the older pitchers of the International League.
Iglesias had a much better approach at the plate this spring than last. He did not jump at the ball as much and seemed cognizant of looking for a good pitch. The 21-year-old has the defensive tools to play in the majors today.
By starting Iglesias in AAA, the Red Sox would seem to have designs on his being the shortstop in 2012 — if not sooner.