Iglesias has his eye on Sox shortstop job

February, 22, 2012
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias wants to win the starting job at shortstop job during spring training.

"Of course I would like to," the 22-year-old said Wednesday. "Even if I'm not starting, I'm going to play hard. I'm going to play at 100 percent no matter where I play."

He'll have competition, with Mike Aviles and Nick Punto also vying for the spot vacated when the Red Sox traded incumbent Marco Scutaro to the Rockies last month.

"It was a great offseason for me because I got a chance to get better physically, and prepare for the season,” he said. "I did a very good job during the offseason."

Iglesias was tight with Scutaro and was surprised when the Red Sox dealt him.

"Of course because nobody expected that," he said. "It's the team's decision."

Iglesias' defensive prowess is well-documented, but his struggles on offense in the minors have led to questions about whether he’s ready to be an everyday major leaguer. He hit just .235 with a .285 on-base percentage at Triple-A Pawtucket last season and is probably a long shot to win the Sox starting spot, at least out of the gate.

"I'm just focused on saying positive all season long and try to be healthy every single day and be consistent at the plate," he said. "I want to be more disciplined."

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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