Baseball Prospectus today named its top infield and outfield defenders in the minor leagues, and Red Sox prospects were tops in both.
Shortstop Jose Iglesias was named BP’s “Top Infield Defender in the Minor Leagues,” thanks to his “uncanny instincts,” “near flawless” footwork. BP described him an and “elite defender”: without peer anywhere in the minor leagues.
Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who became the toast of the spring thanks to his bat (he’s hitting a Grapefruit League-leading .536), was dubbed BP’s “Top Outfield Defender in the Minor Leagues.” BP described watching Bradley play center field as a “breath-taking experience” and reads the ball off the bat like no one else. “He can go get it from gap to gap, has little trouble on balls hit over his head, and even excels charging in on balls.”
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