Re: Who will be this year's JBJ in ST?
posted at 1/13/2014 10:45 AM EST
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
In response to EnchiladaT's comment:
I don't think he was rushed. We needed him due to Elles being on the DL.... he certainly might not have been ready to perform at a decent level... but Iggy was in the same boat and he did well filling in for Drew and then Middy. JBJR could have done the same thing.
I think his time here only helps to ensure better times for 2014... he has tasted the league, got a small beat down, and will be more prepared.
Great stuff, love the idea of JBJR starting in 2014.
I don't think that is a fair comparison. Iggy already had 74 at bats in Boston, 710 in Pawtucket, and 1,005 total above single A before he started the 2013 season. Meanwhile JBJ only had 229 at bats above single A. Iglesias had more than 4 times the experience in the upper minors plus some MLB experience while the kid skipped a whole level after barely getting his feet wet in double A.
JBJR was rushed, Ellsbury had nothing to do with it as he started the season in CF and NOT on the D.L. Bradley got the nod over Nava/Gomes because of his performance in ST.
Although let me add that I think JBJR will have learned from his 2013, and he made great strides at the plate in 2013 and I'm pretty confident that his offense will be at the very least adequate enough to justify his glove....and I wouldn't be surprised at all if we get more than that out of him.
I agree Hugh. I will say though that I was happy to see him make the team coming out of Spring Training. I really think that set a good precedent by Farrell who was new at the time. He basically said "I don't care who you are or how much you make, the players who CURENTLY are playing the best all around game are the players who will play for this team." While I was a HUGE Francona fan, I think that was the issue I had with him in that he was a bit too loyal to a fault. Farrell showed us right off the bat that he was the boss and things were going to be different.