Jose Iglesias
Jose Iglesias
29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Reds in February of 2019.
Starts new hitting streak
SSCincinnati Reds
August 21, 2019
Iglesias went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 4-2 victory against the Padres on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old snapped his 14-game hitting streak Tuesday but started a new one with a pair of hits, including a long ball, in the series finale. On the strength of the aforementioned streak, Iglesias is batting .393 (24-for-61) with eight extra-base hits this month, which has raised his overall average 18 points. He already has a career high in home runs and should also set new high-water marks in RBI and runs this year. Iglesias is hitting .295 with nine home runs, 48 RBI, 52 runs and five steals in 397 at-bats this season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .734 292 42 5 32 5 .289 .328 .407
Since 2017vs Right .689 1086 109 15 118 22 .267 .301 .388
2019vs Left .693 95 12 1 9 0 .289 .326 .367
2019vs Right .758 330 40 8 39 5 .296 .322 .436
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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OPS at Home
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .737 705 83 14 88 14 .272 .309 .428
Since 2017Away .658 673 68 6 62 13 .271 .304 .354
2019Home .720 211 29 7 26 2 .258 .290 .429
2019Away .768 214 23 2 22 3 .330 .355 .413
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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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 this season's data (min 200 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Hitting streak reaches 13 games
SSCincinnati Reds
August 19, 2019
Iglesias went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs Sunday in the Reds' 5-4 loss to the Cardinals.
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Will remain regular shortstop
SSCincinnati Reds
August 14, 2019
Iglesias will remain the Reds' regular starting shortstop despite the recent acquisition of Freddy Galvis, Mark Sheldon of reports.
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Three-hit night in return
SSCincinnati Reds
August 13, 2019
Iglesias (biceps) went 3-for-4 with a triple, double, RBI and a run Monday in the Reds' 7-6 loss to the Nationals.
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Cleared for series opener
SSCincinnati Reds
August 12, 2019
Iglesias (biceps) will start at shortstop and bat eighth Monday against the Nationals.
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Still out Sunday
SSCincinnati Reds
August 11, 2019
Iglesias (biceps) is not in Sunday's lineup against the Cubs.
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