And then he’ll have to keep the position if he earns it. The Sox feel that Xander Bogaerts might be their new Hanley Ramirez. It could mean Iglesias will have to fight to keep the shortstop spot even if he gets it. Bogaerts is no Iglesias when it comes to the glove.
“Bogaerts would be an offensive shortstop,” said one AL scout who watches the Red Sox organization. “His defense is fine. His throws are erratic, but he could play short in the big leagues. His bat will get him there. But don’t think you’re gonna find a shortstop like Iglesias anywhere.
“If they don’t recognize that he’s special, they’re missing the boat. That kid does things out on the field that nobody else can do. You can watch him for five minutes and know that.”
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