Iglesias named AL rookie of the month

The Guru
Contributing Writer

Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias has been named the American League Rookie of the Month for June.

Iglesias hit .395 for the month, with four doubles, two triples, one home run and six RBI. He also posted a .453 on-base percentage and .523 slugging percentage, both tops among rookies.

Oh, and by the way, Iglesias had an 18-game hitting streak.

Since being called up May 24, Iglesias has hit .415 with 53 hits in 41 games. Iglesias needed only 118 at-bats to reach 50 hits.

Since the first rookie standards were established in 1958, the only other rookie who reached 50 hits in a season in fewer than 120 at-bats was the Twins Tony Oliva in 1964.

Iglesias told The Boston Herald,
"I’ve always been a confident guy and try to stay positive as much as possible. It’s been pretty good for me so far. It’s good to have an opportunity of playing every single day."

Even Iglesias' teammates are paying attention. Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster has certainly noticed,
"It’s been really impressive what he’s done. There’s been times when people have said, 'Well, it’s a soft .400.' Is there such a thing? Let’s try to figure that out. It’s still .430 he’s hitting. He’s driving the ball, too. And on top of all the hitting, and that’s all great, but what he’s done with his glove whether he’s playing third or short or second or center field, I don’t know, he’s got this amazing glove and does a really good job. It’s good to see the success he has. Ride it for as long as it lasts."

Surely Iglesias is not going to hit .400 for a season. He's a career .224 hitter in the minors. But keep this in mind, if Iglesias goes 0-50 in the next month, he will still be hitting over .300. Keep riding it, Iggy.

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