Jose Iglesias

Jose Iglesias

33-Year-Old ShortstopSS
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Rockies in March of 2022.
Takes seat for finale
SSColorado Rockies  
October 5, 2022
Iglesias isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, Danielle Allentuck of The Denver Gazette reports.
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Iglesias went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Tuesday and will head to the bench for the third time in the last four games. Elehuris Montero is serving as the designated hitter and batting fifth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#9
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17
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10
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10
7
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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12
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9
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .772 345 40 6 37 0 .304 .336 .436
Since 2020vs Right .713 771 86 7 79 7 .288 .326 .387
2022vs Left .752 158 19 2 18 0 .295 .323 .430
2022vs Right .685 309 29 1 29 2 .290 .330 .355
2021vs Left .784 157 19 4 17 0 .297 .338 .446
2021vs Right .664 354 46 5 31 5 .260 .297 .367
2020vs Left .814 30 2 0 2 0 .379 .400 .414
2020vs Right .952 108 11 1 19 0 .376 .407 .545
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2021
Even Split
2020
 
 
+34%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .727 533 69 8 65 4 .279 .326 .401
Since 2020Away .734 583 57 5 51 3 .305 .331 .403
2022Home .662 217 27 2 31 0 .264 .304 .358
2022Away .747 250 21 1 16 2 .315 .348 .399
2021Home .699 254 34 5 24 4 .262 .311 .388
2021Away .702 257 31 4 24 1 .280 .307 .394
2020Home 1.075 62 8 1 10 0 .411 .468 .607
2020Away .801 76 5 0 11 0 .351 .355 .446
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.30
 
BB Rate
3.6%
 
K Rate
12.0%
 
BABIP
.326
 
ISO
.089
 
AVG
.292
 
OBP
.328
 
SLG
.380
 
OPS
.708
 
wOBA
.314
 
Exit Velocity
83.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
22.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.4%
 
Expected BA
.266
 
Expected SLG
.323
 
Sprint Speed
23.1 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
52.2%
 
Line Drive %
22.1%
 
Fly Ball %
25.7%
 
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The Angels acquired Iglesias last offseason and installed him as their everyday shortstop. He missed some time in May with a sore back, then had an IL visit for a hamstring issue. The Halos released Iglesias in early September. At the time he was slashing .259/.295/.375. Iglesias then returned to Boston, the team that drafted him in 2009. The Red Sox were shorthanded with a COVID-19 outbreak, so Iglesias took over as the regular second baseman. He stabilized the infield offensively and defensively, posting a .356/.406/.508 line down the stretch, remaining in the lineup during the club's late season playoff drive even though he wasn't eligible for the postseason. Iglesias showed enough with the bat to warrant another season as a regular in a middle infield spot. He's only eligible at shortstop in most fantasy leagues, which relegates him to mixed league reserve status, best suited for deeper formats, though the fact he signed with Colorado for 2022 could give him a slight bump thanks to Coors Field.
We all knew 2020 was going to end with some interesting stat lines in a 60-game season. That said, absolutely nobody saw Iglesias hitting nearly 100 points above his career average in any amount of playing time. Iglesias has built up quite the defensive reputation and enjoyed his one season in Cincinnati in 2019; he hit as many homers that season as he had the previous two seasons combined. Heading into 2021, the appeal with Iglesias lies mostly in the everyday playing time in a decent lineup after a trade to the Angels. Expect some giveback with the BA gains the past two seasons, even as Iglesias had the highest xBA in baseball last year with seemingly every batted ball he put into play avoiding a glove. He doesn't barrel the ball up often, and his low-walk-and-high-contact approach worked to its extreme best last year.
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.
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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Not in Monday's lineup
SSColorado Rockies  
October 3, 2022
Iglesias isn't starting Monday against the Dodgers.
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Heads to bench Sunday
SSColorado Rockies  
October 2, 2022
Iglesias is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
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Not in Thursday's lineup
SSColorado Rockies  
September 29, 2022
Iglesias isn't starting Thursday against the Giants, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Returns from IL
SSColorado Rockies  
September 28, 2022
Iglesias (thumb) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and is starting at shortstop and batting second Wednesday against the Giants, Sonja Chen of MLB.com reports.
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Getting closer to return
SSColorado Rockies  
Thumb
September 20, 2022
Iglesias (thumb) is feeling better and getting closer to making a return, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.
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