Detroit’s New Defensive-Wizard Shortstop Is Making A Very Good First Impression

The good people of Michigan might be able to get used to this Jose Iglesias fellow.

1. In all of 11 games since being traded from Boston, new Detroit third baseman/shortstop Jose Iglesias — a timely replacement for Jhonny Peralta, who took a PED suspension — has made quite an impression with his fielding.

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2. The backhand stop deep in the hole? Check.

3. The bouncey dribbler up the middle for a double play ain’t no thing to handle.

4. Even on infield singles, he’s making batters work for every inch.

5. But Monday’s diving, mid-air hurl to first while sprawled out was his finest moment to date.

6. He’s got eyes on first base while barely gripping the ball and with a toe on the ground for leverage.

7. Yeah, Iglesias probably won’t be moving away from shortstop any time soon.

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