Valentine keeping close tabs on Iglesias

Valentine keeping close tabs on Iglesias

Valentine keeping close tabs on Iglesias
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One of the most interesting Red Sox players to watch this spring will be Jose Iglesias, the highly touted shortstop prospect. Now that Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie are both gone, Iglesias might be able to play his way into the mix at some point this season.

"I'll ask [infield instructor/third-base coach] Jerry [Royster] a lot more," said manager Bobby Valentine. "Jerry will give his evaluation, but my first impression, though, is he can catch it. I bet he can throw it after he catches it, too. He has an interesting exchange. A lot of people will make the comparison, and I did see similarities with Rey Ordonez. All glove action. Initially, he looked like he has more range than Rey."

Valentine managed Ordonez during his time in New York. And you don't have to remind him that Ordonez's huge shortcoming was his offense, or lack thereof.

The jury is very much out on what Iglesias can do with the bat, but he seems to have a lot more raw tools from an offensive standpoint than Ordonez did.

When Valentine managed the light-hitting Ordonez, he was in the National League East. Would it be feasible to go with an offensive liability at shortstop in the American League East?

"Probably not," Valentine said. "My fast brain says probably not."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.