They could put a large video board somewhere behind the plate with instructions and positioning for the defensive team. If someone from the offensive team looks at it that's cheating and they're banned for life.
But then the hitters might catch on to defensive positioning that changes according to the pitch and they'd know what's coming so you'd have to make it illegal to look at the fielders from the batter's box. Perhaps you make batters wear VR goggles that erase the fielders from the hitter's vision.
Edit: that just flipped a switch and I've come up with the new innovation. When the defense is not in an extreme shift, don't move anyone from standard positioning until the pitcher is in the windup. As the pitcher starts his motion you have the fielders sprint to the optimal spots, and low-probability fielders (like the 3B for a lefty batter) sprints a random direction. Just to mess with the hitter, throw him off, get him thinking, mess up his field of vision.
Obviously JJ had more power and overall offense. The comparison is more where they are in their career and their potential role in the rebuild. Plus intangible personality stuff. I thought it was a good interview.
I think it’s a disservice to Iglesias (84 OPS+ in his career) to put him in the same category as Izturis (64 OPS+ career, 56 OPS+ as an Oriole). I did like Izzy’s glove though.
I expect Iglesias to be significantly better than Izturis and significantly better than Hardy was in 2015 and 2017. I don’t expect him to be as good as Hardy was in 2011-14, but he might come close to the 2016 version if we’re lucky. Defensively he won’t be as good as Hardy in his prime, but he’ll be very good and fun to watch.
One of the more interesting starts of the early spring, in my opinion. Yeah, Cobb will have little impact on the long term future of the Orioles, but 2020 will be a lot more tolerable if Cobb is healthy and pitching at the top of his game.