Red Sox Prospects On The Back Burner

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By Jerilyn Novia — 03/07/2011
The Boston Red Sox have a stacked lineup. There is little room for even the most talented rookies.
If Jose Iglesias shows up with a big bat this season, he will make a case to fill the shortstop position that will be vacant once Marco Scutaro’s contract runs out at the end of the season. Last year Iglesias batted an impressive .295 average in his rookie season. That is when he played with three minor league teams: the Lowell Spinners, the Portland Sea Dogs, and the Peoria Chiefs. But other prospects, like Kolbrin Vitek, might not be so lucky. He was the Sox first-round pick in June. Vitek will likely have to wait for veteran Kevin Youkilis to leave the spot before he gets a chance at third base. He has a promising swing and strong arm. The Ohio native is described as a hard working player with excellent instincts and quick hands. However, it will be a while before Boston let’s go of Youkilis.
The Sox are all set with a power hitting first baseman after acquiring Adrian Gonzalez. Last year he finished the season with a .298 average and 31 home-runs. Gonzalez’s performance puts up-and-comer Lars Anderson on the back burner. Anderson was called up last season from AAA ball and has a silky smooth swing.
It can be frustrating breaking into the major leagues, but even the greats have to start somewhere. Boston’s prospects will have to wait it out for now, but thankfully they have plenty of time to become the next Ted Williams.