Between the acrobatic plays in the infield and the immediate impact he had with the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox, it is hard to consider Jose Iglesias newcomer. His range factor per nine innings was a 4.19 as he only recorded three errors in 109 games. His .303 batting average, 106 hits and 29 RBIs between the two clubs was enough for him to finish second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.
This season is his time to emerge as a reliable player for the Tigers. Detroit needs to get consistency from Iglesias as he moves to shortstop full-time, switching from third base with the arrival of Nick Castellanos. Iglesias did not put on much of a show with the Tigers as he did for the Red Sox, but he will have time to get even more accustomed to the digs at Comerica Park.
He finished the season against the Red Sox in the ALCS, batting .357/.400/.357. His hot batting should continue into early April for the Tigers to get off to a hot start in 2014. Iglesias will bat ninth in the lineup behind Castellanos. The 24-year-old needs to get on base in order for the team to win games. Having Ian Kinsler behind him and a boatload of power to follow should almost guarantee a deluge of runs for Iglesias.
A quick start for him in Spring Training will put a big smile on the face of new manager Brad Ausmus.