Jose Iglesias, Shortstop, Detroit Tigers, #1
Date of Birth: 1/5/1990
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Current Salary: $4,100,000
Jose Iglesias, shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, played baseball in Cuba in 2006 and 2007. After defecting to the US, he signed with the Boston Red Sox in September, 2009. He played in Boston's minor league system from 2010 through 2012.
Iglesias first joined the Red Sox in 2011, playing in 10 games with them that season. The following year, he played in 25 games with Boston. He was traded to the Tigers on July 30, 2013. He finished the 2013 season with 106 hits in 63 games with the Red Sox and 46 games with the Tigers. Defensively, he played 71 games at shortstop, 37 games at third base, and 3 games at second base.
In January, 2014, Iglesias signed a one-year, $1.65 million contract with the Tigers. Unfortunately for both Iglesias and the team, he suffered a shin fracture and missed the entire 2014 season.
Iglesias again spent time on the DL in 2015, this time with a fractured finger. He finished the season with 125 hits, 17 doubles, and a .300 batting average in 120 games. As a shortstop, he made 315 assists, 81 double plays, 162 putouts, and 11 errors in 119 games.
In 2016, Iglesias batted .255 in 137 games. He finished the season with 119 hits, 26 doubles, and 32 RBIs. Defensively, as the Tigers' shortstop in 136 games, he made 389 assists, 92 double plays, 180 putouts, and 5 errors.
Career batting statistics for Iglesias through 2016 include:
- 401 games played
- 360 hits
- 86 RBIs
- 172 strikeouts to 72 walks
- .275 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Iglesias at shortstop through 2016 include:
- 358 games played
- 951 assists
- 236 double plays
- 464 putouts
- 21 errors
- .985 fielding percentage