Originally written March 24, 2013 on NESN.com:
Pencil him in, Red Sox fans. Jose Iglesias is your 2013 Opening Day shortstop. Manager John Farrell hasn’t specifically stated such just yet, but Iglesias’ impressive performance against the Phillies on Sunday all but solidified his status as the man for the job. How long Iglesias’ starting shortstop reign lasts is anyone’s guess. The club will likely turn to Stephen Drew as soon as the veteran is healthy enough to return to action. In the meantime, though, it’s hard to ignore the growing level of intrigue surrounding Iglesias. Iglesias’ stock plummeted last season. The 23-year-old had every opportunity to cement himself in Boston’s 2013 starting lineup, yet he sputtered down the stretch, hitting a putrid .118 (8-for-68) in 25 major league games. Rather than captivating the Red Sox with his nifty glove work, his cup of coffee with the big club instead generated concern as to whether or not he’d ever develop enough offensively to become an everyday starter in the majors — hence the D...
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