The 23-year-old Iglesias was hitting .330/.370/.410 for the Red Sox, but he is not that kind of hitter. In fact, he has an OPS of .457 in July. He will likely be more Adam Everett than Alan Trammell with the bat as his career minor league line is .257/.307/.314. By all accounts, his fielding is exceptional though. Here are what some of the experts are saying:
Mark Anderson, Baseball Prospect Nation:
He is the best defensive infielder in the minor leagues, and frankly, it’s not very close. Iglesias is a jaw-dropping defender and he is worth of a big-league roster spot thanks to those skills alone.Baseball Prospectus Annual:
Iglesias shows great range , a strong arm, quick reflexes, incredible fluidity,. soft hands, amazing body control, and the ability to turn water into wine. Scouts hurried to grade his fielding an 80 (the highest possible using the 20-80 scale).Baseball America Prospect Handbook
Rated as the International League's top defensive shortstop for two years running, he has exceptionally quick hands and feet. His arm is strong and former manager Bobby Valentine said Iglesias has more range than Rey Ordonez, the gold glover he had with the Mets.Assuming he is indeed suspended, Peralta's bat will be missed. He is currently batting .308 and is surprisingly second on the team in OPS at .823. However, with the slow-footed Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder at the corners, defense at shortstop is important and Iglesias will provide a lot more of it than the steady but immobile Peralta.
Even if he turns out to be another Everett-type hitter, Iglesias will probably remain as Tigers shortstop next year and beyond. If nothing else, his speed and defense certainly changes the dynamic of the roster. It's going to fun to see how this develops.