The current West Coast trip has been predictably terrible; 0-7 as of Tuesday afternoon and outscored 58 runs to 16. The Red Sox, as currently constructed, are not very good.
But one of the benefits of being so not very good is that the youngsters are getting an opportunity to play. Ryan Lavarnway has seen a number of games behind the plate of late, Ryan Kalish, possible healthy once again, started last night in Seattle and Jose Iglesias is beginning to get regular playing time at shortstop. Whether any of the three is ready to be a net positive in the majors is still up in the air, but one thing is for sure, Jose Iglesias can field with the best of them.
Here we see Iglesias fielding a ground ball hit by the Mariners’ Brendan Ryan in the fourth inning of Monday’s game.
Not only is Iglesias’ range impressive, going to his right to get to the ball back near the grass, but the speed at which gets the ball out of his glove and over to Pedroia in order to turn two.
Of course, because these are the Red Sox, the double play opportunity was set up by a fielding error by Iglesias one play prior. Odds are though we’ll see more of the former and less of the latter going forward.