With the off-season now upon us, the last string to the 2020 season is player awards. Although we know no Oriole player will be in the discussion for MVP, CY Young, or ROY, one of our guys has found a spot as a finalist for the All-MLB team.
First-year Orioles shortstop José Iglesias stole the hearts of fans all around Birdland. From his stellar glove, to a completely underrated bat, Iglesias made his case as he has been named one of the nine finalists for the shortstop position on the 2020 All-MLB team.
Along with Iglesias, the other names cast to the ballot at shortstop are Dansby Swanson, Trea Turner, Corey Seager, Fernando Tatis Jr., Trevor Story, Xander Bogaerts, Tim Anderson, and David Fletcher.
Iglesias finished his season with only 142 at-bats due to injury, so he was not eligible for the batting title, which he would have won with his .373 average if he qualified. Along with that, Iglesias drove in 24 runs, which is a solid number for less than 150 at-bats. A double machine, Iglesias soared to a .956 OPS with 17 doubles out of his 53 hits.
Defensively, Iglesias was by far the best player on the Orioles, committing only one error at shortstop and showcasing a plethora of fantastic plays. With a fielding percentage of .986 in 168 innings, Iglesias was atop the list of defensive shortstops in 2020. A 1.2 WAR supports this, which is the second best WAR on the Orioles this season.
Do not forget to vote for our guy José Iglesias, and you can vote on the MLB.com website by clicking this link below!
Per Roch Kubatko of MASN, the Orioles have signed six players to minor league deals to kick off the off-season. As mentioned before, Stevie Wilkerson was resigned, along with C Taylor Davis, RHP Marcos Diplan, RHP Mickey Jannis, RHP Ofelky Peralta, and INF Ryan Ripken.
Also, RHP Davis Hess has cleared waivers and has elected free agency.
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