23-year-old Jose Iglesias unexpectedly began the season as the Red Sox starting shortstop after Stephen Drew suffered a concussion in spring training. Iglesias, an all-glove, no-bat, prospect, hit .450 in his six game stint in the majors. The fan base immediately adopted a "let the kid play" mantra, but he was sent down regardless. It didn't help when Stephen Drew began the season at a glacial pace.
But Drew is the shortstop of 2013. He signed a one-year, $9.5 million dollar contract, because the Sox felt Iglesias wasn't ready to hit at this level. Drew, for his part, has picked it up at the plate, hitting a respectable .243/.333/.429 in May.
Then 3B Will Middlebrooks got shuttled to the DL, and yesterday Iglesias found himself back in Boston. Only now he was at 3rd, rather than short.
When Iglesias was optioned to Pawtucket in April, the Sox began cross training him at 3rd. His major league role could be as a utility player, especially if uber prospe...