The 2013 season couldn’t have started any better for Jose Iglesias, but now the sure-handed shortstop prospect is mired in a sea of doubt, leading to a benching that has left many to speculate the issues behind it all.
The Red Sox top defensive prospect found himself with the big club to start the season, taking over for the position that many expected him to inherit by this point for 6 games before being optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Stephen Drew.
In his time with Boston he hit .450 with 2 doubles and 3 runs scored, making many believe that the guy who had a .262 average in his three minor league seasons might actually turn into a decent hitter.
But alas Drew came off of the disabled list and Iglesias found himself back in Pawtucket for the third straight season.
The hot bat did not make the trip and Iglesias has a .232 average since joining the PawSox, despite a career high three home runs.
On Tuesday night the shortstop found himself out of the lineup for the third straight night.
It seemingly starts on Saturday (and most likely a little before that), when in the fourth inning versus Durham, Iglesias grounded a one-strike pitch to the first baseman and failed to run down the line on what was a sure out.
He was replaced by Jonathan Diaz at shortstop when the team took to the field in the top of the fifth and he hasn’t played since.
Manager Gary DiSarcina called it a “manager’s decision” and echoed that statement to Pawtucket Times writer Brendan McGair on Sunday when Iglesias’ name was not in the starting lineup.
In the presence of the “big brotherly” David Ortiz, who rehabbed with Pawtucket for 6 games, Iglesias seemed a bit more upbeat and emotionally invested, tagging alongside the slugger in the clubhouse and on the bench.
All reports since Ortiz rejoined the big club point to a much more discontented Iglesias, including Sean McAdam’s which quotes Boston manager John Farrell as saying that the shortstop is, “dealing with some things."
Iglesias is healthy and capable of playing, but has shown at times that he would rather be elsewhere...that elsewhere being Boston of course.
Ultimately, it seems clear that Iglesias is having a tough time with his struggles at the plate on the Triple-A level, and after hitting well in the majors (albeit over a very small time frame) it all starts tying together in his mind, possibly leading to an issue in his attitude where he feels that he should have never been back to this point.
However, he is back to this point because the Red Sox went out and got Drew in the offseason to play shortstop because they were unsure of Iglesias' readiness to be an everyday big-leaguer.
With attitude issues the club may have more to be unsure about, but are hoping that maybe some off days will quell this situation all-together.
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