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In 2009, Jose Iglesias signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox when he was merely 19-years-old. He was projected to be the "next great" Boston Red Sox shortstop. Fast-forward to 2013 and Iglesias is fighting to stay in the Majors.
Jose Iglesias was home in Miami getting ready to celebrate the
holidays with his family when he learned the Red Sox had signed Stephen
Drew to play shortstop.
There would be no competition for a position Iglesias thought he
would be given a chance to earn. Drew’s $9.5 million deal essentially
guaranteed his playing time.
Merry Christmas. Here’s a trip back to the minors.
“I had no idea,” Iglesias said Thursday. “I found out about it in the
media, reading the paper. I didn’t hear from them what their decision
was going to be. It just happened. But I took it as a challenge. What
else could I do?”
So much has changed for Iglesias since he arrived from Cuba in 2009.
Once the shortstop of the future for the Red Sox, the 23-year-old is now
trapped behind Drew while a gang of talented prospects, led by Xander
Bogaerts, seeks to push him out of the way.
As he builds a fulfilling life in America with his fiancée and
2-year-old son, Iglesias is still searching for his place in baseball
after four years with the Red Sox.
Globe: Jose Iglesias no longer a lock for Red Sox
Once a highly-touted prospect, Iglesias may be looking at a career as a defensive replacement. Possibly even just a throw-in in a potential trade package.
But let's not forget...Iglesias is only 23-years old. He still has plenty of time to get his bat up to par. His work ethic is in full display at Spring Training, compiling more extra base hits than we'd every thought we'd witness. He busted his butt in the offseason too, adding 10 pounds of muscle.
Given Stephen Drew's lingering concussion situation, Iglesias may even be the Red Sox Opening Day SS (not by design, of course).
Even though he's fallen down the ranks of Red Sox prospects, fans are still pulling for this kid. He's simply miraculous with the glove and we'd hate to see that go to waste as a career utility player. Will it be with the Red Sox? That remains to be seen, as the Red Sox have several top SS prospects.
If Iglesias does in fact get the Opening Day nod, he'll have to prove that his bat has improved...fast.
Rest of the Links- Herald: Jacoby Ellsbury says 2011 just hint of his talents | Herald: With hype quieted, Jose Iglesias left to work | Herald: Major fan of Jackie Bradley | Globe: Drew's return remains cloudy | ESPNBoston.com: Jose Iglesias' time will come | Projo: Sox plan to keep an eye on the clock with Jackie Bradley Jr.
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The below is a cross-post by Scott Levesque of RedSoxLife.com
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[caption id="attachment_58676" align="alignnone" width="620"] Jose Iglesias is showing more and more improvement at the plate. That's terrific news right now for the Red Sox.[/caption] Every team during spring training has it's fair share of bumps, bruises, positive steps and growing pains. The Red Sox are no different. Manager John Farrell and...
Here's the release from the Boston Red Sox announcing more roster moves this morning:
Following last night's game, the Red Sox optioned catcher Daniel Butler and right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson to Triple-A Pawtucket. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.
With these moves, the Red Sox now have 46 players in big league...
What do you do when you’re trying to find a
support group for large athletes dealing with Achilles injuries and you can’t
find one? First, you need to realize there are not enough of you to warrant a
support group and second you find the biggest athletes around that dealt with
the same injury issue and ask them.
That’s exactly what Red Sox slugger David Ortiz did as he...
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Brentz, a first-round draft pick...
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[caption id="attachment_58527" align="aligncenter" width="300"] It is unlikely that David Ortiz will be ready for Opening Day 2013 (Photo credit - CBSSports.com)[/caption] It was July 16, 2012. The Boston Red Sox were facing the Chicago White Sox in a midsummer match-up of two American League teams. One of whom was struggling to find its identity...