Jose Iglesias Video: Watch Tigers Shortstop Make Insane Barehanded Play

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIAugust 12, 2013

MLB players make spectacular plays on a daily basis, but Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias very well could have topped the list of the best of the best on Monday night.

Iglesias charged in on a ball that broke Chicago White Sox catcher Josh Phegley's bat and that seemed certain to end up as an infield single.

Bare-handing the ball and side-arming it to first, Iglesias' throw beat Phegley to the bag by less than a foot.


If that one video isn't awesome enough for you, how about an infinite loop gif?

Iglesias lived up to the hype Monday, as the 23-year-old combined his freakish athleticism and surprising arm to plaster his name across highlight reels everywhere.

Iglesias was a midseason trade for outfielder Avisail Garcia and reliever Brayan Villarreal from the Boston Red Sox. The Oakland Press' Matthew B. Mowery has been following the shortstop since he was traded to Detroit, and has the inside scoop:

Iglesias has been called one of the best defensive shortstops in years by many different sources, and he showed why on Monday night.

He has effectively replaced Jhonny Peralta, who is serving a 50-game suspension due to his participation in the Biogenesis scandal. Iglesias has been labeled a defensive player who makes up for his bat with his glove, and he certainly did not disappoint against the White Sox.

The Tigers are happy about more than just the defense Iglesias has been providing, though. The shortstop is batting .324 this year in 72 games, including a .281 average since joining the club.