Iglesias to start season with Pawtucket

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.

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By starting Iglesias in AAA, the Red Sox would seem to have designs on his being the shortstop in 2012 — if not sooner.

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