José Iglesias Boston Red Sox  |  Infield

     
 

Age: 31
Born: January 5, 1990
Havana, Cuba
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International free agent (Sept. 2009)

Photo © Dave Letizi

Links
2010 Prospect Preview
The Book: Jose Iglesias (8.31.2010)
2011 Prospect Preview
The Book: Jose Iglesias (8.5.2011)
2012 Prospect Preview

Iglesias coming on strong (5.28.2012)
2013 Prospect Preview
Iglesias oozes confidence despite demotion (4.12.13)

Scouting Report: Elite defensive skills highlighted by extremely fluid hands and soft glove. Excellent instincts and anticipation produces his well above-average range. Will get to balls that most, if not all, will not. Plus, accurate arm. Adept at throwing on the move and has outstanding body control. Future perennial Gold Glove shortstop. Grades as an "80" defensively. Can also play second and third base more than adequately. Major-league ready in the field. Plus bat speed accented by quick wrists. Low maintenance, compact swing. Little lower body in swing mechanics. Pulls ball hard, but struggles driving the ball the other way. Minimal power projection. Can evolve into a solid-average hitter for batting average and show doubles power as he matures. Small frame with not much more room to pack on muscle. Extremely impatient approach. Making strides and improving with understanding of his strike zone, but inexperienced professionally and very age advanced. Neglects to cover outer third of plate with eyes. Struggles staying back against breaking balls. Must improve with handling of off-speed stuff to hit consistently at big-league level. Above-average speed. Projects as #9 hitter in first division team's lineup, with ceiling of #2 hitter as he approaches his late-20s. Due to advanced defensive skills will most likely learn to hit at the major-league level and slowly ramp into becoming more proficient at the plate over the course of big-league career.

2021 Addendum: Traded to Detroit along with Frank Montas, JB Wendelken, and Cleuluis Rondon for Jake Peavy and Bryan Villarreal in July 2013.  Since leaving the system, has carved out an MLB career as a light-hitting, excellent-fielding shortstop.  After finishing out his team control with Detroit as the Tigers' starting shortstop, has become a journeyman in recent seasons, spending single seasons with the Reds and Orioles before being traded to the Angels during the 2021 offseason. Has dealt with a number of injuries including stress fractures in both shins that cost him the 2014 season. Was released by the Angels in early September 2021 and signed with the Red Sox days later as the club dealt with having double-digit players on the COVID-19 related IL. At this point in his career is not the defensive wizard he once was--he was below replacement level on both sides of the ball at the time of his release--but maintains the ability to make occasional stunning, highlight reel-worthy plays. Extremely aggressive at the plate and will expand the zone, but makes a lot of contact.

 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2008 La Habana Cuba Intl --- 18 75 314 51 101 11 4 0 39 135 17 --- --- --- 0.322 0.356 0.430 0.786
  2009 Mesa AFL Fall Bos 19 18 69 9 1 4 0 2 12 29 4 11 3 0 0.275 0.324 0.420 0.745
2010 Lowell NYPL A Bos 20 13 40 8 14 2 2 0 7 20 7 8 2 1 0.350 0.458 0.500 0.958
2010 Portland East AA Bos 20 57 221 29 63 10 3 0 13 79 8 49 5 2 0.285 0.315 0.357 0.672
2010 Peoria AFL Fall Bos 20 16 67 7 18 1 0 0 8 19 2 7 4 2 0.269 0.292 0.284 0.575
2011 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 21 101 357 35 84 9 0 1 31 96 21 58 12 4 0.235 0.285 0.269 0.554
2011 Boston AL MLB Bos 21 10 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
  2012 Lowell NYPL A Bos 22 2 8 1 3 1 0 0 0 4 1 1 1 0 0.375 0.444 0.500 0.944
  2012 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 22 88 353 46 94 9 1 1 23 108 27 46 12 3 0.266 0.318 0.306 0.624
  2012 Boston AL MLB Bos 22 25 68 5 8 2 0 1 2 13 4 16 1 0 0.118 0.200 0.191 0.391
  2013 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23 33 119 17 24 2 0 4 15 38 9 18 5 3 0.202 0.262 0.319 0.581
  2013 Boston AL MLB Bos 23 63 215 27 71 10 2 1 19 88 11 30 3 1 0.330 0.376 0.409 0.785
  2013 Detroit AL MLB Det 23 46 135 12 35 6 0 2 10 47 4 30 2 1 0.259 0.306 0.348 0.654
  2014 DNP - Injured --- --- Det 24 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2015 Detroit AL MLB Det 25 120 416 44 125 17 3 2 23 154 25 44 11 8 0.300 0.347 0.370 0.717
  2016 Toledo IL AAA Det 26 4 16 2 6 1 0 1 1 10 0 0 0 0 0.375 0.375 0.625 1.000
  2016 Detroit AL MLB Det 26 137 467 57 119 26 0 4 32 157 28 50 7 4 0.255 0.308 0.336 0.644
  2017 Detroit AL MLB Det 27 130 463 56 118 33 1 6 54 171 21 65 7 4 0.255 0.288 0.369 0.657 
  2018 Detroit AL MLB Det 28 125 432 116 31 31 3 5 48 168 19 47 15 6 0.269 0.310 0.389 0.699
  2019 Cincinnati NL MLB Cin 29 146 504 62 145 21 3 11 59 205 20 70 6 6 0.288 0.318 0.407 0.724
  2020 Baltimore AL MLB Bal 30 39 142 16 53 17 0 3 24 79 3 17 0 0 0.373 0.400 0.556 0.956
  2021 Los Angeles (AL) AL MLB LAA 31 114 424 57 110 23 1 8 41 159 18 66 5 2 0.259 0.295 0.375 0.670
  2021 Boston AL MLB BOS 31     stats                            
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ih-GLAY-see-us
First Pro Contract:
September 8, 2009 by Craig Shipley
Signing Bonus: $6,250,000
MiLB Debut: April 8, 2010 (Portland)
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-man: September 8, 2009
MLB Debut:
May 8, 2011
MLB Service Time: 8 years, 36 days
Options Remaining: 0 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Contract (2021): $570,500
Trade Restrictions: -
     
  Awards
Arizona Fall League Rising Star (2009)
Red Sox ML Defensive Player of the Month (April 2011)
Red Sox ML Defensive Player of the Month (Aug./Sept. 2011)
2012 International League Post-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Awards
2010 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star - SS
2011 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star - SS
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 30 - May 6, 2012)
2013 SoxProspects.com Graduate of the Year
 
 
  
  
  
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