In my fantasy draft this year, I took Tulowitzki with my top pick because it’s a significant dropoff after that. Tulo is probably the one SS who’s a complete package, a guy who’s a middle of the order threat as well as a gold glove caliber defender.

]]>Have a feeling Middlebrooks will eventually be moved to first down the road. Bogaerts is the better athlete. Third base requires more athleticism than first. The move from third to first is an easy transition. See Pujols, Albert.

]]>Send Bradley down, move Gomes to LF, Napoli to DH, Middlebrooks to 1B, Drew to 3B, keep Iglesias at SS. Right now Bradley looks like he needs to spend some time at AAA. He’s cooled off considerably since that NY series.

]]>Drawing solely on freely available baseball statistics, Michael A. Humphreys shows how to apply classic statistical methods to estimate runs saved by fielders going back to 1893. Humphreys tests his results against other fielding measures, including published ratings based on proprietary batted ball location data, and explains their respective strengths and limitations.

http://www.amazon.com/Wizardry-Baseballs-All-Time-Greatest-Fielders/dp/0195397762

Let’s compare

Iglesias, Drew, and Ciriaco in Baseball Reference, which lists under

“Sabermetric Fielding” a stat called Rtot/yr

[see below]

In 2012,

Iglesias rates a +16 and Drew was a -12, but Pedro Ciriaco rated a +23.

[Rtot/y = Total Zone Total Fielding

Runs Above Avg per 1,200 Inn

The number of runs above or below average the fielder was worth per 1,200

Innings (approx 135 games).

This number combines the Rtz, Rdp, Rof, Rcatch

numbers into a total defensive contribution.

See the glossary section for a more complete explanation.

Provided by BaseballProjection.com]

With Ciriaco as an excellent defensive backup for Drew, and Iggy’s weak

batting skills, the Sox should send Iglesias to AAA to get ABs and work in the battingcage with Dave Joppie, 47, who was promoted from the Portland Sea Dogs (AA) to become the new hitting coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2013.