The Book on Jose Iglesias
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Jose Iglesias / SS, BOS
177 | 2/22/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (5/21/2013): #248
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Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2013: Unranked or n/a
Baseball Prospectus: Unranked or n/a
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
A young Cuban superstar, Iglesias signed with Boston for $8M in the summer of 2009 with the hope that he might just be the long-term answer that Fenway's faithful have been seeking at shortstop ever since Nomah left the building. While he's since been passed by even hotter prospect Xander Bogaerts, Iglesias is probably the superior fielder. More than one scout has called him 'Ozzie Smith-style slick', and he's already earned a perfect 80 on the scouting scale. His speed is at least above-average and close to a real plus tool. But there's always something, isn't there? In Jose's case, his bat just isn't there yet, and it's definitely the main concern for the Sox. Most scouts still believe he can contribute as at least an average stick once he develops a bit more. At 5-10 and 180lbs, he won't be hitting many light poles, but with Dustin Pedroia around to provide pointers, he should be able to launch a few 'frickin laser beams' now and again.
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News and Notes
12/18/2012 by KDaddy
With Stephen Drew stepping in for 2013 and the hard-hitting Xander Bogaerts on a rapid rise, the window of opportunity for Boston shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias seems to be closing. While a trade remains possible, it's just as likely the Sox will let the all-glove Iglesias continue to work on his bat in the minors while providing injury insurance for the ballclub.
3/27/2012 by PeeWee
As careful Scouting Book readers knew to expect, utility star Mike Aviles has been awarded the starting shortstop job in Boston for now, with Jose Iglesias sent down to polish himself up. Iglesias is very close, and a strong start to his Minor League season will cement our expectations: Jose will see MLB action later this season: soon if Aviles stumbles, late if he doesn't.
3/21/2012 by KDaddy
Requiring the usual careful parsing, Red Sox coach Bobby Valentine today explained that he things Jose Iglesias has MLB-ready talent in the field and at the plate, but it might not be 'his time' in the context of the existing Red Sox roster makeup. Our take: Net positive. Mike Aviles could open as Boston's SS, but he won't end 2012 there.
1/22/2012 by KDaddy
Boston's trade of starting shortstop Marco Scutaro today presumably frees up payroll for the Red Sox to pursue pitching help, but also clears the way for Jose Iglesias to make an earlier leap to the majors than expected.