It’s clear that some fans are pretty irked over the departure of Jose Iglesias, boy wonder, for pitcher Jake Peavy. But Zach Stoloff of NESN wrote a piece today that deserves some looking into.
Stoloff and NESN lay it all out right in the headline: “Jose Iglesias was never going to be viable major league hitter despite fluke hot streak this season.” And you have to hear Stoloff out because he makes some great points.
First of all, the lure of Iglesias for the Red Sox had always been his stellar defense. But they had never gotten the offensive production out of him to justify putting him on the field. Until this season.
Iglesias came onto the team to fill in for a concussed Stephen Drew and shocked everyone when his batting average continued to hover in the .400s. He never even broke .300 in his time at Pawtucket, and all of a sudden, he was always on base. Iglesias seemed like he was finally the player everyone wanted him to be.
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