Holley: Middlebrooks 3rd option at third for Sox

Holley: Middlebrooks 3rd option at third for Sox
July 22, 2013, 12:45 am
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The Red Sox seem to have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to young third basemen all of a sudden.

With Will Middlebrooks earning his stripes as a middle-of-the-order power bat with the Sox in 2012, Jose Iglesias putting in yeoman-like work at the position in 2013, to go along with Xander Bogaerts and Garin Cecchini waiting in the wings, fans aren’t missing Adrian Beltre, who the Sox let walk following the 2010 season, so much these days.

Of course, Iglesias is a natural shortstop and would be playing the position everyday if not for $9.5-million committed to Stephen Drew. Which leaves us with the big three of Middlebrooks, Cecchini, and Bogaerts at third. The only problem – only one guy can be your starting third baseman.

So is Middlebrooks, who looked like the third baseman of the future after hitting .288 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI in 75 games in 2012, before hitting just .192 in 53 games this season, plan B or even plan C to Bogaerts and Cecchini, who continue to tear it up in the minors?

“I look at the depth in the organization at third base,” said Michael Holley on Sports Sunday, “and you’ve got three blue-chip third basemen, and Middlebrooks, right now, is probably third on the list.”