Monday, September 17, 2012
Valentine: Iglesias hasn't found himself
By John Lembo, Special to ESPNBoston.com
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It’s no secret Jose Iglesias’ offense needs work.
The 22-year-old shortstop is hitting .071 (2-for-28) since he was called up Aug. 25, and he was pinch hit for during the middle of an at-bat Sunday in Toronto.
So what does Iglesias need to fix?
“I think you should talk to Dave about that,” manager Bobby Valentine said, referring to hitting coach Dave Magadan. “It’s a little too early to figure it all out, but they’re working on stuff.”
Valentine has a history working with slick-fielding, offensively-challenged shortstops, managing Rey Ordonez from 1996-2001 while both were with the New York Mets.
Ordonez won three Gold Gloves under Valentine but hit .247 in seven seasons in New York.
“I can’t remember Rey as a young guy, but as he developed, I think he chased the high ball a little bit more than Jose does,” Valentine said Monday in St. Petersburg before the Red Sox opened a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays.
“Jose’s been pretty disciplined. But I don’t think he’s quite found himself as a hitter.”
On Sunday, Valentine sent up Daniel Nava to hit for Iglesias, who was facing a 2-2 count, after Pedro Ciriaco stole second in the seventh inning to move into scoring position in a scoreless game. Nava grounded out, and the Red Sox lost 5-0 to Toronto.
“He was OK,” Valentine said of Iglesias. “I talked to him.”