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The knock on Jose Iglesias has been that he is all glove and no bat. Performances like the one he showed in Thursday’s 9-3 loss to the Cardinals, while not completely erasing those kinds of reports, are at least helping to dispel them.
“I think the other at-bats, as well,” Valentine said. “He didn’t get results out of his second and third at-bat, a fly ball [to center field] and a line drive that he hit, wind was blowing in. But he took the first pitch [in the eighth], bases loaded and he got another fastball in and really nice swing. He’s really been staying close to being decent.”
Asked who Iglesias compares to, Beckett replied:
“I played with Alex Gonzalez for about seven years. He was pretty good. I haven’t seen Jose enough. I know I saw Alex Gonzalez for a long time. He was pretty good, pretty special.
“Yeah, [Iglesias is] really, really good.”
“He’s erasing some of the preseason reports,” Valentine said. “Trying to erase them. Hasn’t erased them yet.”
Regardless of whether or not Jose starts the year in Pawtucket or Boston, this is a great building block. His confidence has to be sky-high right now, and as a young prospect who's struggled a bit, a confidence boost may be all he needs to turn the corner.
I'm a huge fan of Jose Iglesias, which some people (like Chuck) think is absurd since the kid hasn't even been decent in the minors yet. But what excites me about him is the thought of having that slick-fielding shortstop making multiple highlight reel plays every afternoon. How much fun did we have watching Pokey Reese diving around in the dirt? And he was Pokey Reese! To be able to watch someone who is constantly compared to Rey Ordonez and Ozzie Smith? Sign me up.
Jose still has a long way to go if he wants to start the season in Boston. And as it's been stated ad nauseum, playing out another year in Pawtucket is probably best for Jose.
But all you can ask of him at this point is to do exactly what he's doing: improve upon his weaknesses (mainly hitting) and continue making solid plays in the field. If he can keep that up, he'll be in Boston soon enough.
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