Gomez quietly having good September

Gomez quietly having good September

Gomez quietly having good September
BOSTON -- While much of the attention has been on prospects Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway during the month of September, Mauro Gomez has been very productive under the radar.

The right-handed hitter has looked Major League-ready, hitting .305 with two homers, 17 RBIs, a .348 on-base percentage and a .476 slugging percentage.

The 28-year-old Gomez never played in the Majors before this season.

"Gomez is a good hitter," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He can hit right-handers, left-handers. I think the more at-bats he gets, the more power factor he could have."

The issue with Gomez is defense. He is a corner infielder, but is projected as more of a designated hitter by some. Valentine mentioned that playing left field in Winter Ball could make Gomez more valuable.

Valentine thinks that the perception of Gomez's defense might be too harsh.

"You know, I haven't seen him for an extended period at first," Valentine said. "I heard he catches everything that gets to him, that surrounds him. At third, I could see it being a bit of an issue, because he hasn't had a lot of reps."