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Jose Iglesias makes incredible catch on David Ortiz blooper (Video)

Jose-Iglesias-catchDetroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has some of the best hands in baseball. He’s a below average hitter for the most part, but the 23-year-old more than makes up for it with his wizardry in the field. That was on full display with the catch he made to rob David Ortiz of a base hit on Thursday night.

Iglesias was positioned on the second base side of the infield, as the Tigers went into their usual shift for Ortiz. Big Papi lifted a blooper to center field on the shortstop side of second base, and it appeared certain that it would land safely in the outfield. Instead, Iglesias went into a full sprint and somehow tracked the ball down, throwing his glove out in front of his body at the last second to make the catch.

[Related: Video: Jose Iglesias makes incredible play while falling down]

Plays like that are the reason the Tigers got involved in a three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox, a top prospect to to the Chicago White Sox and brought them Iglesias. He’s going to be one of the best fielders in the game for years to come.

Jose Iglesias took a fastball directly to the nuts (Video)

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Jose Iglesias has settled in nicely with the Detroit Tigers since he came over from the Boston Red Sox at the trade deadline. He already proved why Detroit wanted him by making one of the best plays of the year earlier this week, but one pitch on Friday was enough to make anyone uncomfortable.

During the bottom of the third inning, Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy drilled Iglesias directly in the nuts with a fastball. The only thing that will improve is his on-base percentage, but I’m not sure it was worth it. Iglesias went down for a few seconds and was tended to by trainers, but he remained in the game. Here’s a photo that shows the moment of contact, courtesy of World of Isaac:

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It’s rare that we ever seen two players take a ball to the man region within a few days of each other, but unfortunately Iglesias was not the first this week. Let’s hope this is the last play we’ll be adding to our list of nut shots for at least a while.

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Jose Iglesias made amazing play while falling down (Video)

Jose IglesiasThe Detroit Tigers knew they were getting a defensive wizard when they traded for Jose Iglesias, but do you think they knew he’d be capable of making these types of plays?

During the bottom of the sixth inning of the Tigers’ 6-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Iglesias made an incredible play to get out Sox catcher Josh Phegley. Phegley was jammed on a pitch and hit a soft liner past pitcher Doug Fister. The ball had a ton of spin as it headed toward shortstop, where Iglesias hustled to make a bare-handed pickup and throw as he was falling down. I mean Iglesias was literally parallel to the ground when he made that throw, yet he still got Phegley. Awesome.

Jose Iglesias, Avisail Garcia part of Jake Peavy trade

Jake Peavy White SoxJake Peavy was one of the biggest names on the trade market, and the Chicago White Sox have finally dealt him.

According to multiple reports, Peavy is being traded to the Boston Red Sox as part of a three-team trade. The Red Sox are dealing 23-year-old shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers, who are sending Avisail Garcia to the White Sox.

Peavy is the centerpiece of the deal and expected to boost Boston’s rotation. The former Cy Young winner is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 80 innings this season. He is under contract for next season and has a $15 million option for 2015, so the Sox are not getting a one-year rental. But he will be expensive; he is owed $4 million the rest of this season, $14.5 million next season, and $4 million from a backloaded signing bonus. Boston is just hoping he does more for them than he did for the White Sox when Chicago acquired him from San Diego at the trade deadline in 2009

Iglesias is your typical light-hitting, good-fielding shortstop. He only has three home runs in over 1,050 professional at-bats, and a career .626 OPS in the minors. But Iglesias did start off the season hot before crashing back to earth with a .200 average and .457 OPS in July. He’s batting .330 with a .787 OPS this season. He should give the Tigers a replacement at shortstop for Jhonny Peralta, who is expected to be suspended 50 games because of his involvement with Biogenesis.

Garcia is a 22-year-old Venezuelan outfielder who killed the ball in the minor leagues this season. He spent time in the majors last year as a 21-year-old, hitting .319 in 47 at-bats. Garcia is batting .241/.273/.373 in 83 at-bats with the Tigers this season. Garcia strongly resembles Miguel Cabrera in appearance and batting style, but he is not half the hitter. Chicago is hoping the power and skill will increase as he gets older.

The White Sox are also getting Cleuluis Rondon, Frank Montas, and JB Wendelken as part of the deal — all three are young low-level minor leaguers.

Bobby Valentine pinch hits for Jose Iglesias on a 2-2 count

Jose Iglesias is the most promising fielding prospect in the Red Sox farm system, but the shortstop can’t hit. His bat is nowhere close to major league-ready, but Boston’s roster is thin enough right now amid their lost season that guys like Iglesias are being given a chance to prove their worth. After he worked a 2-2 count with a man on base in the top of the seventh on Sunday, Bobby Valentine took that chance away from the young prospect.

The Red Sox manager opted to sit Iglesias down for pinch-hitter Daniel Nava. Again, the count was 2-2 when the move was made. Pedro Ciriaco was on first when Iglesias’ at-bat began but Valentine decided to go with Nava once Ciriaco stole second to get into scoring position.

“Just trying to get a run for Jon (Lester), obviously,” Valentine explained according to WEEI.com. “I told Daniel, if we steal second, you got it. Otherwise, I was all set to play defense in a nothing-nothing game. Once a guy gets to second base, I figured take a shot on a base hit. It’s tough. Jon’s pitching such a good game is what it is. You get him a run there and he wins a ballgame. He’s battling, too. It’s not about one guy. It’s about a whole group of guys.”

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