Re: Jose Iglesias called up
posted at 5/7/2011 11:26 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Jose Iglesias called up
[QUOTE]Navarro must be jumping for joy:(
Posted by harness[/QUOTE]
Navarro's on the DL.Here's the article from WEEI.com:
With their middle infield depth depleted by injuries to both big league middle infielder Marco Scutaro and versatile Pawtucket infielder/outfielder Yamaico Navarro, the Red Sox are bringing prospect Jose Iglesias to Boston from Scranton, where he played for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, going 3-for-4. According to an industry source, the Sox will make a decision about whether to add Iglesias to their big league roster on Sunday, following an evaluation of Scutaro.
Scutaro is dealing with an injury to his left side, and told WEEI.com after Saturday's game that he was to be examined on Sunday. Navarro, meanwhile, was placed on the disabled list by Pawtucket on Saturday due to an oblique strain incurred on Tuesday.
And so, it is apparently Iglesias -- the consensus top prospect in the Red Sox system -- who is the primary option for the team's infield depth. The 21-year-old is hitting .253 with a .278 OBP and .531 OPS with the PawSox; he has yet to record an extra-base hit this year. But, because he is the only minor league middle infielder on the team's 40-man roster, he would be the easiest player for the club to add should Scutaro be sidelined for an extended period.
While Iglesias is still at a relatively early stage of his development (particularly as a hitter) after signing an $8.25 million major league deal with the Sox in 2009, he is arguably the top defensive prospect in the minor leagues, and his glove is considered big league ready right now.
“We all understand he could play defense in the big leagues tomorrow, but he’s still young,” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler (who managed Iglesias last year in Pawtucket) said prior to the season. “He just needs to play. It’s tough to be patient with a kid like him who has so much ability. It will really be interesting to see how it plays out. The longer we can keep him down and let him develop, the better player he’s going to be when he gets up there. But he’s going to be a good player.”