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Red Sox demote Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A

Jun 25, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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When Will Middlebrooks was on the disabled list with a back injury there was speculation that the Red Sox might keep him in the minors even after he got healthy.

They didn’t, activating Middlebrooks from the DL like normal two weeks ago, but now after just four hits in 29 at-bats they’ve decided to demote the 24-year-old third baseman to Triple-A.

Brandon Snyder was called up to take Middlebrooks’ place on the roster, but the Red Sox figure to use Jose Iglesias as their primary third baseman. Projected to be a terrible hitter based on his minor-league track record, Iglesias has hit .426 with a 1.044 OPS through 33 games this season.

After a strong rookie half-season Middlebrooks has hit just .192 with an ugly 60/9 K/BB ratio in 53 games this year for a dropoff of more than 200 points of OPS.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Well, it’s still better than paying Youkilis 12 million dollars. I know Jose won’t be able to man a hot corner without a little more pop in his bat but it’s nice that he is hitting enough so we can keep his glove on the field where is can work its magic.

  2. Jack Marshall - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    The move makes sense, but obviously a crash to earth is coming for Iglesias. One hopes Farrell isn’t stubborn when it comes. But right now, Middlebrooks was so screwed up at the plate he couldn’t field either. He’s still the team’s future at 3rd.

    Thanks for noting the strong rookie season. Globe hack Pete Abraham is addicted to combining multi-seasonal stats to make bogus points, so his statement today was that Middlebrooks has only hit .202 since Youk was traded a year ago. True, but that includes three months on the disabled list and this year’s crash. The team would be mad to give up on him—the line-up needs his power more than Iglesias’s infield hits.

  3. poprox13 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    dont worry, once Iglesias comes back down to earth his numbers will be uglier than those WMB put up.

  4. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Its a good move, he needs to get his AB’s, and there is no way Iglasias is coming out of the line-up.

    Once Stephen Drew gets traded, Middlebrooks will resume his career at 3B.

  5. Detroit Michael - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Iglesias has a hot bat, fields well, and has already been pushing Middlebrooks to the bench. Might as well get Middlebrooks playing every day in AAA until he breaks out of his hitting slump.

  6. mc1439 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Sometimes

  7. proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Doesn’t Boston have another hot third base prospect in the minors?

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      The Boogey Man, as nobody but me calls him. I think he is projected as a SS which makes things even weirder. I suppose if you get production, it doesn’t matter who’s playing what position.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Take a look at a third baseman named Garin Cecchini, a 22 year old prospect who was recently promoted by the Sox from Single A to Double A. He was a 4th round pick in 2010 and has had a terrific batting average at both levels this year.

      • redsox32c - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        Garin has really inflated his prospect stock this year but hes not close to the majors yet and his defense at third will ensure hes moved to another position. Xander on the other hand could be an option but so far the sox have refused to get him time at third base (understandable considering the potential his bat has at ss).

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Yes, Xander Bogerts.

      The Sox farm system is loaded so he may not ultimately end up at either SS or 3B…1B more likely.

  8. dapperdan50 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Dissing Iglesias and drooling about his inevitable fall to earth has become as common as the establishment media trashing Edward Snowden.

    Of course, he can’t continue to bat .400, but I think his fall will be a lot less steep than most cognoscenti expect (hope?). The ‘real’ Iggy is a lot closer to what we’re seeing now than what we saw last September. He’s genuinely improved, he’s become more patient, and he’s worked hard on his bunting and baserunning skills. And, of course, there’s that glove.

    33 games is a small sample, but it tells you something. Of course, I’m also hopeful and optimistic that WMB can get it together. We’ve seen a high ceiling there too.

    • Jack Marshall - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Hope you’re right, but when a player has such ugly offensive stats in the minors, this has to come under the category of wishful thinking, don’t you think? His average so far on balls put into play is ridiculous; he’s been both hot and lucky. His upside is Oma Vizquel; the downside is Dal Maxvill. No way he hits enough to stay at third.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Dissing Iglesias and drooling about his inevitable fall to earth has become as common as the establishment media trashing Edward Snowden.

      He has a .484 BABIP. That’s what most writers are invoking when discussing his fall back to Earth. Unless you think every other ball he puts in between the lines will fall for a hit.

    • redsox32c - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      I am a huge prospect guy and no one wants Jose to hit more then me but….hes proved with over a thousand minor league at bats (including a bunch this year) that he cant hit or walk. I know hes looked great so far but you have to be realistic, a .250 hitter at AAA does not get called up and turn into a .290 hitter in the majors. Hes hot right now and the sox will ride that out, smart move as long as you take it for what it is.

  9. theskinsman - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    It’s the right move.

  10. xpensivewinos - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Middlebrooks will be moved to first and they’ll let Napoli walk after this year.

    Middlebrooks/Pedroia/Iglesias/Bogaerts would seem to be the long-term plan.

  11. papacrick - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Iglesias is Quentin Berry 2.0

  12. bornintoitiniowa - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    It’s a good move for all involved- Iglesias is playing everyday with the hot bat and Middlebrooks will get consistent at bats in Triple-A.

    Kind of ironic that Middlebrooks demotion happens a year to the day of the Youkilis trade, which made for him.

  13. kinggator - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    He’ll be working at AAA towing cars if he doesn’t start hitting.

  14. beachcomber2020 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    W.B. was rushed into play when K.Y. had to go. I don’t think he was 100% ready to fill third base full time. It’s a whole new world in the Big Leagues. And especially in Boston. Time will tell. Having talent is one thing. Being able to handle mentally and emotionally all that is expected of you in that uniform, and in that city is a whole different thing.

    • beachcomber2020 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Should of typed W.M. and not W.B.

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