Rookie shortstop Jose Iglesias wants to help the Detroit Tigers clinch their third straight division title. That's his main objective first and foremost. But make no mistake about it it's not his only goal this season. At 23 years old Iglesias also has his eyes set on being named this year's American League Rookie of the Year. "Yeah man it would mean a lot" Iglesias said. "It's definitely something I'd like to win but I just have to keep working hard and whatever happens happens." With 15 games remaining in the season Iglesias is considered to be among one of the leading candidates for this year's top rookie honor awarded by select group of voters from the Baseball Writers Association of America. If the slick-fielding shortstop won the award he'd become the first recipient in the award's 66-year history to win the honor after getting traded in the middle of a season. "Yeah that'd be really cool" Iglesias said. "But I can't really think about it. I just have to keep playing hard and help this team win." Largely recognized for his Golden Glove-like work at shortstop Iglesias has had big shoes to fill since his arrival in Detroit by replacing two-time All-Star Jhonny Peralta who was issued a 50-game suspension only a few days after Iglesias was traded from Boston. Iglesias quickly took to the challenge. Acquired at the non-waiver trade deadline in late July Iglesias has hit .285 with a .398 slugging percentage with six doubles two homers and 10 RBIs in 37 games with Detroit.
Tigers' Iglesias continues to make strong case for AL Rookie of the Year
Michigan Live | Sep 14