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Boston Red Sox: Top Prospect Jose Iglesias Called Up to the Majors

FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 13:  Catcher Erik Kratz #67 of the Pittsburgh Pirates  cannot handle the throw as infielder Jose Iglesias #76 of the Boston Red Sox scores during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at City of Palms Park on March 13, 2010 in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Corey HanleyContributor IIIMay 8, 2011

This week has been full of big news: Two no-hitters have been pitched, with three more just falling short.

The bigger news has come with top prospects being called up around the league. Eric Hosmer got the call Friday for the Royals. Julio Teheran got the call Saturday for the Braves.

Now, with Marco Scutaro heading to the disabled list, Jose Iglesias has been called up by the Red Sox.

Ranked the No. 1 prospect in the Red Sox organization by MLB.com, Jose Iglesias is known for his spectacular glove. He was originally signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2009 for a four-year $8.25 million deal.

Iglesias has drawn comparisons to former Red Sox shortstop Hanley Ramirez, although the power is probably not there.

Iglesias has not done much to deserve the call. After an injury-riddled 2010, Jose has only hit .253 in Pawtucket. He has not been able to hit a professional home run at any level in his career. These reasons are why he will not be in the majors for an extended period of time, but he has some time to show off a little while Scutaro recovers.

This is a big time for Iglesias. If he plays good defense and hits a little, he could make Scutaro expendable at the deadline and share the job at short with Jed Lowrie for the second half of the season.

As it stands now, he'll probably see some time as a defensive replacement and get sent back to Triple A in a couple of weeks.

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