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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
DiSarcina: Iggy's flash is part of his game

By Joe McDonald



PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- It didn’t take long for former Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias to provide highlight-reel defensive plays for the Detroit Tigers.

Boston traded the defensive wizard to Detroit as part of a three-team deal as the Red Sox acquired pitcher Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox at the deadline.

On Monday in Chicago against the White Sox, Iglesias made a spectacular barehanded play and diving throw, but some veteran players in Detroit are already worried about his flashiness.

“Skip will take care of that,” one veteran player told CBSSports.com.

Earlier in Iglesias’ development years in the Red Sox organization, Boston was also concerned about his flare for the dramatic in the field. The Red Sox made sure he understood the importance of fundamentals first, and it was something he learned to focus on. But the one thing Boston didn’t want was to rob Iglesias of his natural ability with his glove.

Current Triple-A Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina first worked as the organization’s minor league field coordinator in 2010. A veteran of 12 major league seasons at shortstop for the California and Anaheim Angels, DiSarcina worked closely with Iglesias.

“When I was his coordinator, I made sure he didn’t lose his creativity, because if he loses his creativity he becomes someone that is pretty much vanilla,” DiSarcina said. “The scouts who saw Iggy from the very beginning have talked about how talented he is and how creative he is. He does a lot of freaky things out there and for an instructor to take it away is not right -- I don’t think.”

When asked if he saw Iglesias’ play from Monday night, DiSarcina said he had not but would look it up.

“You can be within a structure and be creative within that structure,” explained DiSarcina. “Whatever your routine is, whether it’s 25 [ground] balls here, then OK we’ll do five of your crazy balls. But you have to have that structure and then you blossom within it. You have to be careful with those flashy players because if you take a tool away that’s not a good thing.”