There’s been plenty of pressure on Jose Iglesias both times he’s been up with the Red Sox this season. And both times, he’s turned the tables. Iglesias, who was sent back down to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this season despite hitting .450 (9-for-20), has picked up right where he left off since being recalled on May 24. As a result, the Red Sox will once again be forced to make a difficult decision when Will Middlebrooks returns from the disabled list, although the question this time around is far different. Iglesias was sent back down during his last big league stint for a number of reasons. Stephen Drew was already anointed the starting shortstop, and the Red Sox really wanted to keep Pedro Ciriaco, who is out of options, for his versatility. In other words, the demotion wasn’t a knock on Iglesias. It was simply the most logical decision given the roster crunch. The circumstances have since changed drastically, though. Ciriaco has struggled in the utility role for much of the year, and Drew and Middlebrooks have both seen their average hover around the Mendoza Line. All Iglesias has done is produce. There was some concern about whether or not Iglesias could replicate his early-season success upon his call-up. The slick-fielding infielder hit .202 in 33 games in Pawtucket, and he was benched for a few games because of behavioral issues. But since returning to The Show, Iglesias has done everything imaginable to prove he deserves a major league roster spot going forward. Iglesias entered Sunday’s series finale in the Bronx hitting .431 (22-for-51), and his on-base percentage sat at .455. He had three straight multi-hit games, giving him eight for the season. Some of the hits haven’t exactly been hit hard, but there comes a point when you simply throw your hands in the air and say, “the guy is getting it done.” Plus, this success at the plate is just gravy. Iglesias’ bread and butter is still his defense, so even marginal offensive production would be tolerable. With him providing the same stellar glove work and hitting, it’s becoming very hard to find flaws in Iglesias’ game.
Jose Iglesias Absolutely Deserves to Stay in Majors, Could Carve Out Even Bigger Role With Continued Success
NESN | Jun 3