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Red Sox minor lines: The power of...Jose Iglesias?

Jose Iglesias is hitting...for power? What's gotten into the man of many infield singles?


Pawtucket W 5-1

Box Score

Ryan Lavarnway: 2-4, K
Bryce Brentz: 2-4, HR
Jose Iglesias: 2-4, HR
Brock Holt: 0-2, BB

Steven Wright: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

So...let's talk Iggy. Since completely "dominating" his 21 plate appearances in the major leagues with a bizarre combination of infield singles and ground balls that found holes in the infield, Iglesias has had the exact opposite experience in the minor leagues. His 47 balls in play have resulted in just 12 hits (a .255 BABIP), which combined with an unsurprisingly low walk rate has left him with an OBP of just .282.

In the meantime, however, he just hit his third homer in 61 at bats. Last year in Pawtucket, Iglesias' ISO was all of 40 points. 72 points is as high as it's ever really gotten in Boston's farm system. As of today, that ISO sits at .180. We saw him driving the ball with some greater authority in spring, too, so it's not as though this came completely out of nowhere.

Jose Iglesias is never going to be a great hitter, but the shortstop position is such that any little bump in productivity can be huge. I think most expected that Iglesias' "thing" that kept him viable would end up being contact, but if he can make it into power, well, that's a valuable thing to have.

Salem W 5-4

Box Score

Sean Coyle: 2-5, HR, 2 K
Keury De La Cruz: 1-4, BB, 2 K, CS
Brandon Jacobs: 0-4, K
David Renfroe: 0-4, 2 K
Blake Swihart: 2-3, BB
Henry Ramos: 2-4, 2 K, SB

Henry Owens: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Sean Coyle is setting the bar for himself so high that any game without a homer is going to be disappointing before too long. He's slugging a cool .780 on the year now.

Greenville Game 1 L 5-6 (In 7)

Box Score

Cody Koback: 1-4, K

Austin Maddox: 3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Greenville Game 2 W 3-1 (In 7)

Box Score

Cody Koback: 2-3

Frank Montas: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

There's clearly a lot of talent and potential in the arm of Frank Montas. So far it hadn't really shown through this season. It's odd that it would show up so dramatically against one of the better hitting teams in the SAL, but I'm sure the Sox won't complain.