Didn't get a chance to post this Tuesday, but figure it's still worthwhile since my colleague Nick Cafardo and I fall on the opposite ends of the spectrum regarding the Red Sox handling of Jose Iglesias. Nick believes he should have been the starting shortstop breaking camp. I believe he had a .554 OPS in Triple A last year and should probably learn to hit pitching semi-competently at that level before he makes the big club. There's a bit of a disagreement.
I understand why Nick and others are eager to see Iglesias in the big leagues. His glove is phenomenal, and one of the most enjoyable things about following a team is the arrival of a promising prospect. But promising prospects tend to lose that promise when they are rushed, and there is no evidence that Iglesias is ready to hit at an acceptable level.
Iglesias's glove does not yet justify his bat. I'm sure the Red Sox did the right thing; Nick does not believe they did. Check out the podcast to hear both perspectives. Including the right one. (Mine!)
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.