Jose Iglesias
Jose Iglesias
30-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Baltimore Orioles
Day-To-Day
Injury Back
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Iglesias' skill set appeals more to fanbases and local announcers than it does to fantasy players and analysts. His .288 average was his highest since 2015, he hit a career-high 11 homers (nine of them in Great American Ball Park) and hit a whopping .431 in 59 high-leverage plate appearances. Yet all of that translated into a .119 ISO, and a 3.8 BB% allowed him to only get on base at a .315 clip. He also was caught in half of his 12 stolen-base attempts, suggesting that he'll get fewer opportunities to run in the future. His contact rate and defense will keep him in the lineup most days early on after he signed a one-year deal with the Orioles, but the threat of a midseason trade is very real. Iglesias almost certainly would not play every day for a contender. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Orioles in January of 2020. Contract includes $3.5 million team option ($500,000 buyout) for 2021.
Takes swings Sunday
SSBaltimore Orioles
Back
July 12, 2020
Iglesias (back) took live batting practice Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Iglesias has been withheld from the Orioles' last two intrasquad games with back soreness, but his ability to take a round of BP suggests his health is trending in the right direction. So long as Iglesias is able to get some competitive at-bats in by next week, he should be ready to serve as the Orioles' everyday shortstop when the team opens its season July 24 versus the Red Sox.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
29
48
18
2
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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3
1
24
7
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .728 326 46 7 36 5 .282 .321 .407
Since 2017vs Right .685 1157 115 15 125 23 .268 .301 .384
2019vs Left .687 129 16 3 13 0 .270 .310 .377
2019vs Right .736 401 46 8 46 6 .293 .320 .416
2018vs Left .865 97 15 3 17 2 .318 .365 .500
2018vs Right .656 367 28 2 31 13 .256 .296 .360
2017vs Left .651 100 15 1 6 3 .263 .293 .358
2017vs Right .659 389 41 5 48 4 .253 .287 .372
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+33%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .730 751 86 16 93 15 .269 .305 .425
Since 2017Away .659 732 75 6 68 13 .273 .306 .352
2019Home .701 257 32 9 31 3 .251 .281 .420
2019Away .746 273 30 2 28 3 .322 .352 .395
2018Home .796 237 25 3 27 8 .297 .336 .459
2018Away .597 227 18 2 21 7 .238 .283 .314
2017Home .698 257 29 4 35 4 .261 .299 .398
2017Away .614 232 27 2 19 3 .248 .276 .338
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Stat Review
How does Jose Iglesias compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
3.8%
 
K Rate
13.2%
 
BABIP
.315
 
ISO
.119
 
AVG
.288
 
OBP
.318
 
SLG
.407
 
OPS
.724
 
wOBA
.316
 
Exit Velocity
84.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.7%
 
Barrels/PA
1.7%
 
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Iglesias became more than just an all-glove shortstop who hit from the nine-hole and occasionally found his way on base in 2018. He still has little power to speak of, but the 15 steals were a pleasant surprise. Even with the extra trips into scoring position, Iglesias still set a full-season career low in runs scored last season. He remains a high-contact slap hitter who does not walk much simply because pitchers are not afraid to challenge him in the strike zone. The power is not going to blossom, ever, and at 30 years of age, he is unlikely to maintain his speed for much longer. The defensive skills will keep him in the league for a few more years, but only single-league owners can consider rostering him, and even that acquisition should be very late in the draft or auction. His bat is simply too empty to reach for the potential steals, and without those steals, he has little redeeming value.
Simply by playing regularly, Iglesias managed to compile decent counting totals relative to a lot of middle infielders, but make no mistake about it: he's not a good hitter. He puts the ball in play consistently (13.3 percent strikeout rate last season), but the quality of that contact is generally poor and he rarely walks (4.3 percent walk rate). Iglesias posted a measly 1.0 Brls/PA, ranking 457th out of 540 hitters with at least 30 batted-ball events. Iglesias has posted identical .283 wOBA marks the past two seasons, with wRC+ marks of 72 and 71. He's a plus on defense and the Tigers figure to let Iglesias continue to play every day as they begin their rebuild, but regular playing time is not enough to make a hitter of Iglesias' caliber a worthwhile target in standard leagues.
Iglesias played a career-high 137 games last season, yet even with the increased exposure his overall offensive production barely registered. The only value added with his bat in the past has come in high batting average seasons. Even at his best it's a one-dimensional profile that lacks significant contributions in power or stolen bases, and his tallies of runs and RBI are so weak that sheer playing time is unable to lift them into the realm of mediocrity. Iglesias is a potential fantasy liability in every category, that is unless he is employed in a Scoresheet league in order to reap some value from his glove work. He'll always have the All-Star appearance of 2015, but as Iglesias traverses through his physical prime the reality has become cemented that the secondary offensive skills are unlikely to manifest.
Iglesias had an outstanding 2015 -- offensively and defensively -- until he was hit by a pitch while trying to bunt in early September. The ball went off the middle finger of his throwing hand causing a non-displaced chip fracture and prematurely ending his season. Iglesias slashed a surprising 300/.347/.370 with two home runs, 23 RBI and 44 runs while dazzling with highlight-reel plays in the field. He even made an appearance at the All-Star Game. But he does come with some baggage -- he's injury prone (he missed all of 2014 with shin splints) and has a reputation for reacting late to batted balls, turning routine plays into highlight-worthy ones. Remember his shoving match with James McCann in early August? Teammates have long memories, especially when it comes to a lack of hustle. Iglesias will be healthy heading into 2016, but his fragility and his attitude are real concerns. And with Dixon Machado pushing him, this bottom-of-the-order hitter could become trade bait at some point in the season.
After being acquired in a 2013 midseason deal with the Red Sox, Iglesias was expected to take over as the Tigers' full-time shortstop of the present and future in 2014. Instead, Iglesias was forced to sit out all of last season after he was diagnosed with stress fractures in both legs – injuries that were originally thought to be shin splints. During a healthy campaign in 2013, Iglesias started to show signs that he belonged as an everyday major leaguer. In 109 appearances split between the Red Sox and Tigers, he hit .303/.349/.386 with 21 extra-base hits and five steals. While the productivity at the plate in 2013 was a pleasant surprise, Iglesias' primary value still rested in his glove, as he offers premium defense at the shortstop position. Iglesias was given clearance to ramp up baseball activities in mid-October, and he’s expected to be ready to participate when spring training opens. Detroit hasn’t anointed Iglesias the everyday starting shortstop, but he is considered the favorite for the gig over Eugenio Suarez and Andrew Romine.
With Jhonny Peralta’s 50-game suspension looming, Iglesias was acquired by the Tigers in a deadline deal that included Jake Peavy and Avisail Garcia. Iglesias was immediately plugged in as the Tigers’ primary shortstop, hitting .259/.306/.348 in 135 at-bats for his new squad. While he flashed some offense (.330/.376/.409) with the Red Sox prior to the midseason move to Detroit, Iglesias has always been considered a light-hitting prospect who offers premium defense at the shortstop position. Last season’s final batting average of .303 was largely inflated by a .359 BABIP. And, of course, Iglesias offers very little in the power department, connecting on just six home runs over 1,098 career at-bats in the minors. Still, Iglesias does have good speed, which could help him sustain a high BABIP and provide decent stolen-base totals as he develops his baserunning skills. Peralta signed with the Cardinals as a free agent in November, making way for Iglesias to be the Tigers' everyday shortstop of the present and future. His primary value will always come on the defensive side of the ball, but if Iglesias can improve at the dish and start to steal bases at a decent clip, he’ll provide surprising value in deeper formats.
One month does not make a hitter. So when examining Iglesias' September line (.118/.200/.191), don't label him as an "all glove, no bat" shortstop just yet. The Red Sox did not give up on Dustin Pedroia when he started his big-league career slowly, so they are not pulling the plug on Iglesias yet. The organization is confident he will become a better hitter, but it would like to see Iglesias put together a stretch of quality at-bats before considering him for the everyday shortstop. Unfortunately, that chance may not come early in 2013 with Boston signing Stephen Drew. But given Drew's injury history, Iglesias could still take over the job. However, his bat will need to make a significant improvement to have much of an impact for fantasy purposes.
Iglesias made his major league debut in 2011 with a brief stint in May when Marco Scutaro was injured and then returned in September. The consensus is that he's Boston's shortstop of the future due to his glove, but the Red Sox would like to see more good at-bats from him in Triple-A. He showed better-than-expected offense in 2010 at the Double-A level, but it didn't sustain in his first full year at the most-advanced minor league level. A full season at Pawtucket is expected.
Iglesias is seen as the Red Sox's shortstop of the future with a major league ready glove. The question remains as to how good his bat will get, but he started the season well before a knuckle injury wiped out June, July and half of August. That's two-and-a-half months of development lost. He's not very selective, does not handle pitches on the outside third of the plate well and is getting used to advanced pitching at the professional level. Developing a better approach at the plate and making up for those lost at-bats in 2010 are seen as his primary goals for 2011. Look for him to start the season at Double-A Portland and don't read too much into it if he stays there the whole season.
Iglesias, 19, is being touted as Boston's shortstop of the future, but the Cuban defector has yet to play an inning at the minor league level. He brings a major league ready glove with a plus arm and range. Like a lot of young shortstops, Iglesias needs some work at the plate -- in particular his strike-zone management and patience.
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Feeling better
SSBaltimore Orioles
Back
July 9, 2020
Iglesias (back) is reportedly feeling much better Thursday, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.
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Nursing sore back
SSBaltimore Orioles
Back
July 8, 2020
Iglesias will not play in Baltimore's intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday due to a sore back, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Back in action
SSBaltimore Orioles
March 8, 2020
Iglesias (quadriceps) will start at shortstop and bat fifth Sunday in the Orioles' Grapefruit League game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Still out Saturday
SSBaltimore Orioles
Quadriceps
March 7, 2020
Iglesias (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Saturday's spring game against the Rays, according to MLB.com.
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Downplays injury
SSBaltimore Orioles
Quadriceps
March 5, 2020
Iglesias (quadriceps) indicated that he could be ready to rejoin the lineup for Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. "Just got a little cramp in my right quad," Iglesias said. "I was probably dehydrated or whatever. Just normal spring training soreness."
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