Last year Jose Iglesias played for two teams, the Portland Sea Dogs (AA) and the Lowell Spinners (A). His batting average for the year was .295 with no homeruns, 37 runs, and 20 RBIs. These are not great numbers right? Well consider that the kid, and I say kid because he was born in the 1990s people. As an aside, those born in 1990 have already reached legal drinking age, which means that I will need a hip replacement soon. Okay back to Jose. His minor league numbers don’t wow you until you consider that they were achieved in only 70 games. Not too shabby now. But baseball, much like hockey and basketball but unlike football (American not European) requires the offensive player to also play defense, and this kid, Jose Iglesias, has a man-sized glove game.
Iglesias posted a .967 fielding percentage with fewer than ten errors last year. He has a good reach for a dude standing only 5’11” and can turn a double play with the best of them. Iglesias is the future of the SS position for the Red Sox…Unless…
Unless Jed Lowrie does what he has not been able to do to date with the Boston organization, stay healthy. When healthy, Lowrie dazzles (yes, I could have gone with “impresses” or “shines” but my thesaurus function listed “dazzles” first and I’m lazy.)
I can list all of his statistics like I did for Iglesias but frankly you can regurgitate baseballreference.com crap as easily as I can so I will assign that as your homework. You need to pay attention to Lowrie this Spring Training. I know Marco Scutaro is in the mix but if Lowrie plays in the spring like he did at the end of last season Scut will be out of the picture and Iglesias will have yet another year in the minors to improve.
Depending upon how well Lowrie does and for how long he can do it, he might provide the Red Sox with a great trade piece in the form of Iglesias. And he is a popular prospect. The Royals love him, as do others. In a position like shortstop, where talent is extremely thin, a kid that people say will be the next Nomar Garciaparra garners quite a bit of attention. Watch Lowrie this Spring Training because his play and health will determine quite a bit about Boston’s infield for years to come.