25 Jun 2013
The Red Sox demoted Will Middlebrooks today. The 3b has been struggling all season with poor performance and injuries. It’s a shame because in 2012, he put up 15 home runs and decent vitals in basically half a season. Whether he was hitting over his head or his injuries this year are to blame, this is the right move.
Middlebrooks wasn’t going to find his stroke in Boston and the Red Sox weren’t going to give him the rest of the year to figure it out. Ideally he spends a month at Pawtucket under little to no pressure, and regains his confidence and swing. He was supposed to be a key to the Red Sox line-up this year after all.
What this means is that Jose Iglesias now has a fulltime spot in the line-up. I can’t believe it, but he is hitting deep into the .400′s right now after 121 plate appearances. I’m not saying he is a .400 hitter, but it is starting to be a pretty good sample size. What is most amazing is he’s walked 9 times so far. I know, he isn’t going to challenge Ted Williams for his walk prowess, but considering he never took a pitch prior to this year (majors or minors), that is impressive. For a full season, that works out to be about 45 walks.
His fielding is terrific and if he can stay hot, wow, what an addition to the Sox line-up. Of course, now that the job is his, he’ll probably tank and hit .150 the rest of the way.