I know they werenít necessarily planning on drafting SS Deven Marrero with their first pick and were pleasantly surprised he fell to them. But given that we have some potentially pretty good SS prospects already in the minors such as Iglesias, Vincicio and Bogaerts, if they sign Marrero who is said to be an outstanding defensive SS with potential to hit fairly well, could Iglesias be the most expendable SS prospect since he is closest to being MLB ready and could perhaps net something valuable via trade?
Consider that Aviles has done a very good job at SS defensively and is decent offensively. Currently amongst all MLB SS, Aviles ranks 5th in WAR at 1.7, 2nd in UZR at 6.7 and UZR/150 at 18.5 and 14th in OPS at .711 plus heís under team control for 2 more years of arbitration at a very reasonable contract, 1.2 million for this year.
If the Sox decide Aviles is worth keeping as the starting SS for two more years, this might be enough time to develop one of Marrero, Vincicio or Bogaerts, but I just canít see them keeping Iglesias toiling in the minors for two more years if Aviles stays.
Now having said that, itís possible any of the other SS prospects could be traded, as well as Aviles. Itís possible the Sox decide Iglesias should be given a shot with the big club.
But when I consider our SS prospects potential, where Marrero may develop above Iglesias, Bogaerts who is currently ranked ahead of him according to soxprospects.com and Iíve read that some feel Vincicio may potentially have the highest upside of all of them and where Iglesias doesnít hit that great but where Aviles is playing well, is under team control at a relatively low contract, perhaps Iglesias is the most logical to trade and perhaps would potentially get us something of value.
Hereís a little of what I read about Marrero;
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today...2/2612886.htmlArizona State's Deven Marrero (4) was a premium prospect coming out of high school and has only improved his stock with the Sun Devils. A silky defender, Marrero has Gold Glove potential in the big leagues. With a simple, compact swing, Marrero is currently a doubles hitter, but could grow into average power. He's a complete player with slightly above-average speed and good instincts on the bases.
http://baseballprospectnation.com/20...en-marrero-ss/Everyday shortstop with plus defense and potential for above-average offensive game.
True baseball rat. Incredible instincts in the field and on the bases. Grinder type with better tools than youíd expect. Has tools to play shortstop at the MLB level. Needs to improve hitting approach and pitch recognition. With said improvements, could be a .280 hitter that can handle the bat and drive the ball into the gaps. Potential #2 hitter with a touch of speed and pop in his game. Overall profile plays up because of long term defensive projection and value at a premium defensive position. Excellent makeup. Potential average to slightly above-average Major League regular.
http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/ba...deven-marrero-ďFrom a maturity standpoint, understanding the game and the ups and downs of it, the skill level at shortstop as a defender, absolutely [it could happen quickly]. Iím basing that off of guys Iíve coached and guys who Iíve seen coming through our conference. Deven is definitely, definitely in a position where I feel like heís not that far off from having success at the major league level.Ē
http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/...-deven-marreroMike Roberts coached at the highest levels of college baseball, having led the University of North Carolina for 24 years. His son, Brian, is an All-Star second baseman for the Baltimore Orioles. He works for the Athletes Performance Institute, where Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis, among many pro athletes, have trained.
He still coaches baseball in the Cape League, where three of his players from the Cotuit Kettleers were taken in the first round Monday in Major League Baseball's amateur draft.
This is what Mike Roberts says about Deven Marrero, the shortstop from Arizona State University chosen 24th overall by the Red Sox.
"He's the best amateur baseball player on the defensive side I've ever seen in 35 years of coaching," he said Tuesday. "He's Omar Vizquel at 20, 21, except he'll be a better hitter and steal more bases. I've seen him do things defensively I've never seen another infielder do."