Angels shortstop José Iglesias has wowed with his defense this spring. That continued Monday, when he made an incredible play on a popup in shallow left-center field, followed by a behind-the-back flip to start an amazing double play against the Brewers at American Family Fields of Phoenix
With a runner at second base and one out in the third inning, left-hander Andrew Heaney induced Derek Fisher to hit a pop fly to shallow left field. Iglesias started near the second-base bag but covered enough ground to make the catch. He then flipped the ball behind his back with his glove to Justin Upton.
Upton then threw to second base to double off Manny Piña for an unusual 6-7-4 double play to end the inning.
"I played with him in Detroit; you got to be prepared for everything," Upton said. "I've seen him make that play a bunch of times going back like that, but he's never flipped me the ball. That was a surprise, but we completed the play."
It was the second amazing play by Iglesias in as many days. He also threw out Seattle’s Kyle Lewis on a slow roller to short on Sunday. Iglesias was able to dive for the ball and flip it to first all in one motion.
“He’s nasty. Just look at the play he made yesterday,” Heaney said. “It’s gross. But just look at our defense. We’re lucky to have Gold Glovers everywhere.”