Jose Iglesias’ 18-Game Hitting Streak Ends as Boston Red Sox Take Loss to Tampa Bay Rays

By Cody Williams
Jose Iglesias Boston Red Sox
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Coming into this season, Boston Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias hadn’t had much success in the MLB with the bat. In 2011 and 2012 combined, he had played in just 35 games with 74 at-bats. Over that span, he had just 10 total hits, good for only a .135 batting average coming into this year.

Iglesias has long been heralded as his prospect for his defensive work and his ability to play third and second base, as well as shortstop. However, it was his ineffective bat that had kept the 23-year-old from being considered an everyday starter in the majors.

Out of nowhere this season, though, Iglesias has been getting on base at a phenomenal rate. Through 28 games and 92 at-bats, Iglesias is hitting .435 with a .480 OBP and a 1.034 OPS. He also has eight doubles, a homer, seven RBIs and 15 runs scored over that time.

Coming into Wednesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Iglesias was riding an 18-game hitting streak dating back to May 27. In the 6-2 loss to the Rays, Iglesias finished the night 0-2 with a walk, thus ending his hitting streak.

One of the things that scouts have always talked about with Iglesias is how he has the quickness with his hands to be an effective hitter that gets on base, but it just hadn’t come to fruition yet. It apparently appears to being doing that this season, though.

It’s pretty far-fetched to believe that Iglesias will hit over .400 for the rest of the season, especially considering his age and tract-record. However, it does seem like Iglesias is stepping up to the plate with a great deal more confidence and has found ways to get hits to help the Sox manufacture runs. If that continues at a mildly successful rate, Iglesias is likely to have a long, solid career in the majors.

Cody Williams is an NBA Blogger with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google+ and like his Facebook page.

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