March 13, 2013
At times it can be difficult to succinctly describe something as impressive as Iglesias’ defense. BP’s Chris Mellen noted that he thought Iglesias’ defense “has actually gotten better than when he first came over from Cuba,” which seems impossible given the quality of his leather upon arrival. Iglesias does it all in the field; he has uncanny instincts for the position, excellent first-step quickness, and the foot speed to parlay that into plus-plus range. His hands are truly exceptional and his footwork is near flawless, allowing him to remain in balance and make accurate throws. He has the ability to make the routine plays look mundane but can then leave you in awe as he makes the spectacular plays seem far too simple. Iglesias is an elite defender and there really isn’t anyone close to him in the minor leagues.
In a non-Jose Iglesias world of infield defense, Hechavarria would likely run away with the title of "Best Defender." Unfortunately, he lives in a world not only populated by but dominated by Jose Iglesias. Hechavarria has excellent defensive attributes and could win Gold Gloves at the big-league level; he’s just not Jose Iglesias and that leaves him on the outside looking in.