On Thursday in the top of the third inning of Game 5 of the ALCS with his former team, Iglesias showed exactly why the Tigers wanted him.
Positioned on the other side of second base in a patented shift with designated hitter David Ortiz at the plate, Iglesias was certainly not in the right spot to catch a fly ball in short left field.
That's exactly what Iglesias did, flashing both great speed and incredible hand-eye coordination in making the catch after a full sprint of at least 100 feet.
To say that experts and pundits were blown away would be an understatement:
Jose Iglesias -- what a catch!— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 18, 2013
Jose Iglesias is not a shortstop from Cuba. He is a wizard who came to the U.S. straight from Hogwarts.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 18, 2013
Fans on Twitter chimed in with their thoughts as well:
Jose "let me show you some thongs about fielding" Iglesias everybody.— Cabral (@WHOLeeOh91) October 18, 2013
Jose Iglesias is the God of fielding.. bar none.— Kenny Blankenship (@Doug_Sheehan) October 18, 2013
"Eat your heart out Stephen Drew" - Jose Iglesias— Joe Madden (@JoeMadden2011) October 18, 2013
The Tigers ultimately lost 4-3, but they'll certainly remember this particular play by Iglesias, and they'll be happy he's in Motown for the foreseeable future as well.