On Tuesday, ESPN.com reported that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been approached by the Red Sox about whether he would be willing to play shortstop in 2010, moving from a position where he has won a Gold Glove. Pedroia, who was named NCAA Defensive Player of the Year as a shortstop in 2003, welcomed the move.
Red Sox Amateur Scouting Director Jason McLeod, who scouted Pedroia extensively at Arizona State, believes that Pedroia could handle the position. While McLeod had questions about whether Pedroia had the athleticism and range to handle shortstop as an amateur and during his minor-league career, the player's improvements in speed and conditioning since coming to the majors have left McLeod -- who was the Sox' Director of Scouting Administration when the team took Pedroia with its top pick (2nd round, 65th overall) of the 2004 draft -- convinced that he is equipped to handle the position.
“Now, with what’s been discussed with him possibly moving back over there if the need ever arises, he’s moving much better than he ever did as an amateur,” McLeod said. “His hands as a second baseman are second to none, and he’s moving better now. So I would not doubt him one bit from going over there and playing really steady shortstop.”
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