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April 10, 2013

It will be a shame to see Iglesias demoted

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The Red Sox should ride it out and see if Iglesias continues to hit. After all, Drew is on a one-year contract and Iglesias could be the longterm answer at shortstop that has been lacking in Boston since the days of Nomar Garciaparra.

Red Sox manager John Farrell discussed the likely move of Iglesias to Pawtucket, saying: “No one’s going to take away from what he’s done. If it turns out that is the move, much like any player who has gotten off to a good start, it’ll be hard to swallow it. But there’s got to be an understanding of where he’s at in terms of the organization, and personal and organizational goals aligning. And sometimes that’s not always at the same time.”

Anyone who plays that good of defense should be given his fair chance.

And the clock somewhat is ticking on Iglesias despite him being just 23. He needs to be given his fair chance soon rather than later because top prospect Xander Bogaerts, who has a sweet and powerful swing, is breathing down his neck.

Bogaerts, with another strong minor league campaign this year, could very well be ready to start Opening Day 2014. The Sox need to know if Iglesias can cut the mustard before that. If Iglesias can, Bogaerts always could be moved to a corner infield or corner outfield position.

“He’s made contact, he’s found some holes with some ground balls,” Farrell said about Iglesias’ start. “He’s beat out a couple of infield hits. He’s taking aggressive swings. Much like we talked about in spring training, he’s in a pretty good place.

“He’s back to a natural swing that’s kind of pull-orientated, Farrell added. “But that’s what works best for him. He’s also used the bunt in a couple of occasions to keep some defenders honest with him. He’s picked out some good spots against left-handed starters to push bunt. And equal to that, we’ve seen his glove work at shortstop. It’s been outstanding.”

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