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José Antonio Iglesias Alemán (born January 5, 1990) is a Cuban-born professional baseball player in the MLB for the Cincinnati Reds. He previously played for the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. He plays primarily shortstop.

José Iglesias
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Iglesias with the Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds – No. 4
Born: (1990-01-05) January 5, 1990 (age 29)
Havana, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 8, 2011, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
(through September 28, 2019)
Batting average.273
Home runs32
Runs batted in247
Career highlights and awards

Professional careerEdit

Defection and minorsEdit

While in Cuba, Iglesias played with the Industriales, from the Cuban National Series. With pitcher Noel Argüelles, Iglesias defected from the Cuban junior national team while in Canada in July 2008.[1] Iglesias signed as an international amateur free agent with the Boston Red Sox in September 2009.[2] Prior to the 2011 season, Iglesias was the sole Red Sox prospect on the annual list of top 50 baseball prospects, where he was ranked 42nd.[3]

Boston Red Sox (2011–2013)Edit


In March 2011, Iglesias was optioned to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. Iglesias was called up by the Red Sox and made his major league debut on May 8, 2011 as a defensive substitute for Jed Lowrie in the ninth inning of a 9–5 win over the Minnesota Twins. In the next game, he represented the game-winning run, scoring from first base on a Carl Crawford double in the 11th inning.[4] On May 11, 2011, Iglesias made his first MLB start due to Jed Lowrie being sick.[5]


Iglesias playing for the Boston Red Sox in 2012

Iglesias started the 2012 season in Pawtucket. He was called up to Boston May 1 after an ailing back sidelined Kevin Youkilis,[6] but he did not appear in a game before being sent back down to Triple-A. Iglesias also appeared late in the 2012 season to back up Mike Aviles, and hit his first career home run during this stretch.


Entering 2013, Iglesias was ranked as the 10th best prospect in the Red Sox organization,[7] and 96th on the Top 100 Prospects list.[8] He started the season in Boston, going 9-for-20 with two doubles and one RBI in six games, but was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after Stephen Drew was activated on April 10. He was recalled by the Red Sox on May 24 when third baseman Will Middlebrooks was placed on the DL. Iglesias excelled while splitting time between shortstop and third base, remaining in the starting lineup even after Middlebrooks returned from the DL. Despite being known primarily for his defense, Iglesias batted .420 for a stretch of over 100 at-bats after being recalled, including an 18-game hitting streak that was broken on June 19 against the Tampa Bay Rays. For his efforts, he was named the American League Rookie of the Month for June. Iglesias started the 2013 season playing 63 games with a .330 batting average, a home run, and 19 RBIs while with Boston.

Detroit Tigers (2013–2018)Edit


On July 30, Iglesias was traded to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy and Brayan Villarreal to the Boston Red Sox and Avisail García and Francellis Montas to the Chicago White Sox.[9] Iglesias chose jersey No. 1, making him the first Tigers player to wear it since Lou Whitaker retired in 1995.[10]

Iglesias drove in a run with a single in his very first game as a Tiger, on August 2, helping Detroit to a 2–1 win over the White Sox.[11] The next night, he hit his first home run as a Tiger, a solo shot to left field in the fourth inning.[12] Following the 50-game suspension given to Tigers starting shortstop Jhonny Peralta on August 5 for his connections to the South Florida Biogenesis clinic, Iglesias was named the Tigers new everyday shortstop.[13]

For the rest of the 2013 season with the Tigers, Iglesias batted .259 with 2 home runs, and 10 RBIs in 46 games. Overall in 2013, Iglesias hit .303 with 3 home runs and 29 RBIs in 109 games combined with both the Red Sox and Tigers. On the field, he committed 6 errors in 357 chances.

Regardless of his trade after the All-Star Break, Iglesias was part of the Tigers 25-man active roster for their postseason run. During the postseason, Iglesias batted .231 with an RBI.

Iglesias was named the 2013 Detroit Tigers/Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Rookie of the Year. Iglesias finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2013, being edged out by Wil Myers.[14]


On January 8, Iglesias and the Tigers agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $1.65 million. Although Iglesias is under team control through 2018, his 2014 salary had yet to be determined after the contract he signed with the Red Sox as an amateur free agent expired.[15] Iglesias missed the entire 2014 season due to stress fractures in both of his shins.[16]


On July 6, Iglesias was named as a reserve for the American League at the 2015 All-Star Game.[17] On September 5, it was announced that Iglesias suffered a non-displaced small fracture in his right middle finger at the PIP joint after being hit on the hand by a pitch, and the team announced he would be out for at least two weeks.[18] With the Tigers later falling out of the AL Central race, the team elected to not activate him from the DL for the remainder of the season. During the 2015 season, Iglesias posted a .300 batting average in 416 at-bats, with 17 doubles, two home runs and 23 RBIs.


On January 15, 2016, the Tigers avoided arbitration with Iglesias, agreeing on a one-year, $2.1 million contract.[19] Iglesias made one trip to the disabled list in 2016, after suffering a left hamstring strain in August,[20] but still reached career highs with 137 games, 467 at-bats and 26 doubles, and had the lowest strikeout percentage of all major league baseball players (9.7%), as he also had the highest contact percentage on his swings in the major leagues (91.2%).[21][22] He finished the season with a .255 batting average, 4 home runs and 32 RBI.

Following the season, Iglesias was named a Gold Glove Award finalist for shortstop, along with Francisco Lindor and Andrelton Simmons. With just five errors in 574 chances, he posted an AL-best .991 fielding percentage. His 11.6 ultimate zone rating (UZR) ranked third among AL shortstops.[23]


On January 13, 2017, the Tigers avoided arbitration with Iglesias, agreeing on a one-year, $4.1 million contract.[24] Iglesias batted .255 during the 2017 season. Despite appearing in just 130 games due to injuries, he set career highs in doubles (33), home runs (6) and RBI (54).


On January 17, 2018, the Tigers avoided arbitration with Iglesias, agreeing on a one-year, $6.275 million contract.[25] Iglesias batted .269 during the 2018 season after appearing in 125 games, and stole a career-high 15 bases. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on September 14 with a lower abdominal strain, effectively ending his season.[26]

Cincinnati Reds (2019–present)Edit

On February 23, 2019, Iglesias signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds that included an invitation to spring training. The one-year contract includes a guaranteed $2.5 million with up to $1 million in additional incentives.[27] Expected to back up starting second baseman Scooter Gennett, Iglesias became a starter for the Reds when Gennett was injured late in spring training.[28]

In 2019 he batted .288/.318/.407. He made contact with the highest percentage of pitches he swung at outside the strike zone (82.6%) of all National Leaguers.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

On June 25, 2018, Iglesias became a naturalized United States citizen.[30]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Passan, Jeff (December 5, 2009). "Cuban Arguelles agrees to deal with Royals". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  2. ^ Kilgore, Adam (September 8, 2009). "Sox announce Iglesias signing". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Drellich, Evan (January 25, 2011). "Iglesias represents Red Sox on prospect list". Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  4. ^ "Crawford's RBI lifts Red Sox to win over Twins". Associated Press. May 9, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  5. ^ Browne, Ian (May 11, 2011). "With Lowrie ill, Iglesias gets first big league start". MLBAM, LP. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  6. ^ Abraham, Peter (May 2, 2012). "With Kevin Youkilis out, Jose Iglesias called up". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "Boston Red Sox prospects".
  8. ^ "2013 Top 100 Prospects list". Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  9. ^ Iott, Chris (July 31, 2013). "Detroit Tigers trade Avisail Garcia, Brayan Villarreal for Jose Iglesias as part of three-team deal". Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  10. ^ Beck, Jason; Nightengale, Bobby (August 3, 2013). "Iglesias OK with spotlight of wearing No. 1 uniform". Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  11. ^ "Iglesias contributes in debut as Tigers top White Sox". wire reports. August 2, 2013.
  12. ^ "Scherzer wins 16th game as Tigers shut out White Sox". wire reports. August 3, 2013.
  13. ^ "Twelve players get 50-game suspensions".
  14. ^ "Iglesias finishes second for AL's top rookie honor". November 11, 2013.
  15. ^ Schmehl, James (January 8, 2014). "Detroit Tigers sign shortstop Jose Iglesias to one-year deal".
  16. ^ Tigers rule out Iglesias for 2014 season, June 4, 2014
  17. ^ Beck, Jason (July 6, 2015). "Iglesias, J.D. Martinez, Price join Miggy as All-Stars". Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  18. ^ Beck, Jason (September 5, 2015). "Iglesias out with non-displaced fracture in finger". Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  19. ^ Beck, Jason (January 15, 2016). "Tigers, J.D. exchange figures; Iglesias agrees". Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  20. ^ Fenech, Anthony (August 12, 2016). "Tigers place Jose Iglesias (hamstring) on 15-day disabled list". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  21. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2016 » Batters » Plate Discipline Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball". Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  22. ^ American League Leaderboards » 2016 » Batters » Advanced Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  23. ^ Beck, Jason (October 27, 2016). "4 Tigers named Gold Glove Award finalists". Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  24. ^ Beck, Jason (January 13, 2017). "Tigers maintain streak, agree to deals with six". Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  25. ^ Beck, Jason (January 17, 2018). "Tigers avoid arbitration with Iglesias". Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  26. ^ "Over and out? Jose Iglesias' season and perhaps his tenure in Detroit end". Detroit News. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  27. ^ Sheldon, Mark (February 23, 2019). "Reds sign Jose Iglesias to Minors deal". Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  28. ^ Griffith, Brad (March 24, 2019). "Cincinnati Reds: Newcomer José Iglesias looks to shine at shortstop". Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  29. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2019 » Batters » Plate Discipline Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball". 2019-01-01. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  30. ^ Fenwick, Tyler (June 25, 2018). "Iglesias, Martin sworn in as US citizens". Retrieved June 27, 2018.

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Preceded by
Nate Freiman
AL Rookie of the Month
June 2013
Succeeded by
Chris Archer