So, you agree with me then? The only thing I've tried to argue is that it's too early to write him off from becoming a league average hitter. If his 50-some games in Portland as a 20yo with a .360 BABIP aren't enough to convince he can hit at that level, certainly 100 games at Pawtucket the next year aren't convincing of the opposite, are they? Just like neither the last two weeks of the season you cite, nor the .950 OPS from his stop in Lowell, provide enough information to come to a definitive conclusion on him, since he's had such varying degrees of success in such small samples.
I agree with you to an extent. Enough scouting reports indicate that he has the tools necessary to become a decent hitter, and the Red Sox, whom I trust, gave him a ridiculous-sized bonus, so yes, way too early to write him off. That said, I think you have to take the whole body of his work in the minor leagues as a big red flag that perhaps the scouts saying that he'd never hit enough, and the teams that the Red Sox wildly outbid for his services, had the better assessment of his offensive talent. Further, much of the anti-Iglesias sentiment is primarily an overstated reaction to the many people who were inking him in as the starting shortstop in 2012 based on a couple pretty defensive plays they saw in Ft. Myers last spring.
Jose Iglesias should be the starting shortstop for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2012, sure. But, he should not be given an everyday role on the major league team until he posts at least a .340 OBP that includes at least 60 points from unintentional walks and .400 SLG over at least half a season down there.
Edited by Plympton91, 06 November 2011 - 06:42 PM.