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se Iglesias - Iggy looks like he’s added some speed. He’s not Jacoby Ellsbury or anything but he seems to be considerably quicker than he was last year and he still hits the ball hard when he makes contact. He’s not a Punch and Judy hitter
My first thought upon seeing Margot was a young Ron Gant.
Have you gotten to watch Tazawa? He looks, if anything, even better than he did last summer. He's added this dirty little slow curve.
I hope I'm not revealing anything I shouldn't reveal, but there is discussion in the Red Sox community about exactly how well Pedro Ciriaco can play shortstop, if he has to play shortstop. But just watching this one game, one could be pretty well convinced that he can play shortstop. There was a line drive toward the third baseman that your thought was that "I hope the third baseman can get that." The third baseman didn't get it--but Ciriaco did. He had set up about 15 feet deeper than the third baseman, and he caught a line drive that was way out of his zone. Then later there was a play at second; the catcher tried to pick a runner off of second and the throw was off-line toward third base. Ciriaco had to dive over the runner (on the ground) and snare the throw, which otherwise would have gone into center. He caught the throw. Just watching that one game, you would be pretty convinced that this guy has some unusual athleticism which is useful at shortstop.
because the throw was to the third base side of the bag.
I was thinking about shortstop today. Drew is still out with the concussion and I'm wondering how long he will need after coming back to get the at bats he needs to be season ready. Are we approaching the point where Iglesias or Ciriaco will be our opening day shortstop?
Was it Salty making the throw?
Typically, the first thing I notice about excellent defensive outfielders is that they'll already be running at full pelt by the time my eyes find them after a ball is hit over their head or into the gap or anywhere else where they've got to get on their horse and run it down.
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