Iglesias Sent Down
We all saw this coming once Stephen Drew returned, but the Red Sox have sent shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias down to Triple-A, reports Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald. Iglesias hit .450 while serving as the Sox starting shortstop in the first week of the season.
The offensive production from Iglesias was a bit of a surprise, but it just proves that anything can happen in the short time span of one week of baseball. Despite the hot week, Iglesias needs more time to work on his offensive approach, and that will best come in Triple-A. He's already proved he's ready for the majors defensively, but his career .626 minor league OPS means he isn't ready for the majors, and one hot week in April doesn't do anything to change that.
Iglesias will continue to serve as a security blanket for Drew for this season, and given Drew's injury history, there's a good chance we see Iglesias back in the majors at some point.
For his actions earlier this week, which included reportedly attacking the opposing dugout with a bat, Cubs prospect Jorge Soler has been suspended for five games by the Florida State League, reports MiLB.com.
The details of this incident have been pretty well documented, so I won't hash them out here, other than to say that it feels like Soler is fortunate that he only got five games. Brawls happen in the minors all the time, and the suspensions aren't typically much less than the five games Soler received, so the league must have deemed that whatever he did wasn't significantly worse than most incidents.
Having not been there or seen video, I can't judge whether or not the suspension is an appropriate length, but given the attention it received for being different than most fights, it seems shorter than I had expected.
Dahl Removed from Team
David Dahl, the Colorado Rockies first-round pick in 2012, was removed from the Low-A Asheville Tourists roster last week after just one game with the team, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post. The Rockies wouldn't comment much, other than to say that the move was not baseball related.
It's easy to forget when following prospects that we are dealing with teenagers who make off-the-field mistakes. Whatever Dahl did, it doesn't appear to have been law-breaking, so it seems like something the Rockies are planning to deal with internally, which is probably the right decision. And give them credit for making a strong point with a top prospect, something many teams look the other way on.
There is no timetable for his return, but given his domination of short-season ball last year, it would seem unlikely that Dahl returns to action in any place lower than Asheville, even if the Rockies do want to keep an eye on him, as the Arizona Rookie League would provide him little challenge.