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He considers himself a gap hitter and sees opportunity in the bigger portions of Fenway’s outfield in left and right-center. He has 52 career triples, with three years in double digits.
“I’m a gap hitter,” he said. “You got 420 in center and the Big Monster. If everything clicks and I’m hitting the ball the other way, it’s going to be a big advantage for me.”
Drew said he’s similar to J.D. in that “We still are both kind of low-key guys. That’s what you’ll see. But I probably get a little more feisty here and there every once in a while.”
He did look up to J.D., saying he was a great role model and “a true professional in the way he handled things.”
Iglesias, who is just 23, spent the offseason just trying to get his body stronger so he can avoid injuries, particularly with his back. He worked out with Pedroia in Arizona. He may be the best defensive shortstop in baseball, but if he doesn’t hit reasonably well, he won’t be a full-time player for this organization.
Marrero, 22, seems to be an advanced college player (Arizona State) who could be a decent defender and above-average hitter. He, too, could switch positions. The real trick for the Red Sox player development staff could be to figure out where to play Iglesias, Bogaerts, and Marrero.
The Red Sox may finally be able to stop the revolving door at shortstop.