All but one of the write-ups are behind a pay-wall, but here are some of Kevin Goldstein's comments about Iglesias:1. Jose Iglesias, SS 2. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP 3. Josh Reddick, OF 4. Drake Britton, LHP 5. Kolbin Vitek, 3B 6. Brandon Workman, RHP 7. Yamaico Navarro, INF 8. Felix Doubront, LHP 9. Oscar Tejeda, 2B 10. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP 11. Will Middlebrooks, 3B 12. Garin Cecchini, 3B 13. Lars Anderson, 1B 14. Bryce Brentz, OF 15. Ryan Lavarnway, C 16. Sean Coyle, INF 17. Kendrick Perkins, OF 18. Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF 19. Luis Exposito, C 20. Che-Hsuan Lin, CF
[A]s good as expected defensively, but Iglesias surprised with the bat as a 20-year-old at Double-A (.285/.315/.357 (57 G)). ... [H]e's the best defensive shortstop in the minors ... uncanny instincts, a great first step, range to both sides, liquid-smooth actions and a strong, accurate arm ... [H]is offensive ceiling ends at the bottom of a big-league lineup. ... Iglesias is ready for AAA and could get a September look in preparation for the full-time gig in 2012.Baseball America also has Iglesias and Ranaudo 1-2 on its list (now that Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo are in San Diego), with Britton, Reddick, Doubront, Pimentel, Cecchini, Anderson, Vitek, and Tejada rounding out the Top 10.
Sox Prospects has Kalish as Boston's top prospect, followed by Iglesias and Ranaudo. (Ranaudo was taken in the supplemental round of the 2010 draft and will begin his professional career in Lowell (A-short) this year.)
Kevin Youkilis has not changed his stance since last July: Jacoby Ellsbury should have stayed with the Red Sox last summer while his cracked ribs healed. Yesterday morning, Yook was on WEEI:
I wasn't calling out his injury. I was just saying that rehabbing [in Arizona] was probably not the best thing for him to do for his teammates.Youkilis did note that "everyone [including management] was telling him to go to Arizona", and that as players, "we don't know what goes on behind closed doors sometimes". Right. So why talk about something you admit you are ignorant about? Anyway, major league players should not need cheerleaders in order to do their jobs.
Carl Crawford has been in the gym four days a week since the beginning of December. Astros outfielder Michael Bourn played on the same Little League team as Crawford: "He is the most competitive person I know. ... I think last year was just scratching the surface of what he can do in this game." (Joe Maddon also spoke about Crawford's work ethic.)
NESN broadcast a Red Sox Town Hall meeting last night. Some quotes from Theo Epstein, from the Globe's report: "It might take more than 95 games to win the division." "All the injured players are ahead of schedule." Jonathan Papelbon has "got something to prove a little bit". ... NESN has announced its spring training schedule.
Rob Neyer has left ESPN and is now the National Baseball Editor for SB Nation. ... John Wasdin was named pitching coach of the Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland's New York Penn League (A) affiliate). SoSHers make the expected comments, but they are still funny.