Entering his fourth season of professional ball, Jose Iglesias hopes to finally earn the elusive job of starting shortstop for the Boston Red Sox.
During the past three seasons Iglesias has battled numerous health issues which prevented him from making a longstanding impact within the organization. Concerns over his consistent lack of offensive production also hindered his progress through the Red Sox's farm system, as well as at the major-league level.
Last season his woes were amplified in a September game, when he was lifted for pinch hitter Daniel Nava midway through an at-bat, after he worked a 2-2 count against Toronto Blue Jays reliever Brandon Lyon.
But with Stephen Drew likely to start the season on the disabled list, the door is wide open for Jose Iglesias. Whether Iglesias is the long-term solution remains to be seen, but he can certainly make an early bid to be Boston’s everyday shortstop in 2013.