For 22-year-old Red Sox shortstop phenom Jose Iglesias, playing defense has never been an issue. This slick-fielding Cuban defector has dazzled spectators time and time again with his amazing range, glove work and almost magically quick release.

To many, Iglesias is a human highlight reel, making spectacular play after spectacular play that makes opposing players scratch their heads and say, “How the heck that ball not get through the infield?”

Yet while Iglesias wows crowds with his defensive genius, Red Sox powers that be are not yet sure if their young ballplayer’s bat is truly big-league ready.

However, if Iglesias’ recent play is any indication, this electrifying ballplayer is beginning to raise his game to a whole new level.

Since April 30, Iglesias has been swinging a scorching bat. During this span, Iglesias is hitting .545 (six hits in 11 at-bats) with two doubles, a triple and two RBI. While Iglesias has a ways to go to prove he is primed for the show, he has raised his average nearly 30 points to .228.

Friday night, Iglesias went 2-4 with a double, triple and two RBI during the Paw Sox 5-2 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens.

This was Iglesias’ third straight multi-hit game.

Iglesias made his major league debut in 2011. During this time, Iglesias earned two hits in six at-bats.

The Red Sox signed Iglesias as an undrafted free agent on September 8, 2009.

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