Iglesias' strong throw finishes dazzling play

Iglesias' strong throw finishes dazzling play

ANAHEIM -- Jose Iglesias sometimes bypasses the highlight play in favor of getting rid of the ball as quickly as possible when there's a fast runner headed down the line. His play in Friday night's 2-0 loss to the Angels fulfilled both objectives.

Though Angels shortstop Taylor Featherston was hoping for his second Major League hit when his ground ball took Iglesias deep into the hole, Iglesias had other ideas. The Tigers shortstop and early American League Gold Glove Award candidate unleashed a strong throw across his body that one-hopped the infield dirt and reached Miguel Cabrera at first base in time for a big third-inning out.

According to Statcast™, Iglesias' throw -- with his momentum carrying him behind third base -- registered at just under 60 mph. It was the latest example of Iglesias' ability to get a strong throw with seemingly a simple flick.

It was Iglesias' first highlight play since returning to the lineup on Thursday. He missed four games with a bruised left knee sustained in a knee-on-knee collision with Astros first baseman Chris Carter, but Iglesias has shown no limitations since coming back.

The play wasn't simply valuable for the out. It also kept Kirk Neuwenhuis at second base following his one-out double. Once Anibal Sanchez struck out Johnny Giavotella to end the threat, the play had saved a run.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.