Daily Futures: The glove and the stick

Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias is now impressing in both facets of the game

Updated: May 12, 2010, 8:57 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Getty ImagesJose Iglesias will call The Fens home within 24 months, likely.

I Thought He Was A Glove Man

Jose Iglesias, SS, Boston Red Sox (Double-A Portland)
Tuesday's stats: 3-for-5, 3B, 5 RBI, K

When the Red Sox signed Iglesias last year to a four-year big league deal that included a bonus of over $6 million, it was primarily for his glove. Some believe he became the top defensive shortstop in the minors the moment he signed -- and the hope was that he'd develop enough offensively to play every day and bat eighth or ninth. While he continues to impress with web-gem worthy plays on a near daily basis, his bat has been one of the most pleasant surprises in the system, as the 20-year-old Cuban is 10-for-17 in his last four games and batting .323/.365/.448 overall in a league he's exceptionally young for. There's a reason the Red Sox signed Marco Scutaro for only two years with an option, and this is it.

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