There's a reason the Detroit Tigers and their fans weren't overly shaken by shortstop Jhonny Peralta getting suspended for 50 games last week by Major League Baseball. Because the Tigers went out and acquired rookie shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Boston Red Sox a week prior.
Iglesias, 23, was already a Rookie of the Year contender in the American League — hitting .324 and bringing stellar defense. He's been called a "defensive wizard" and drawn comparisons to the great Omar Vizquel.
That might sound like premature hype for the youngster if he weren't doing stuff like what you see above, from Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox. An all-in-one-motion, bare-handed, catch-and-toss while tumbling toward the ground ... what a thing of beauty and a defiance to physics.
Iglesias drew some ire from Tigers faithful because he's wearing jersey No. 1 and he's the first player to do so since beloved second baseman "Sweet" Lou Whitaker.
While you can freely debate whether anybody should be allowed to wear Whitaker's jersey number in Detroit, there's no debating that in this instance Iglesias looks pretty sweet.