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Iglesias's career record clearly shows that he doesn't walk much on top of his sometimes decent batting average. So he's not an old-school top of the order SS, although he can sometimes steal bases. I would simply take batting him sixth as Hyde's recognition of his traditional stats last year in a career-high 146 games: .288 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs, and especially because he had a relatively hot second half: .295 / .321 / .427 / .748. Those are very close to Hanser Alberto's numbers last season and I don't think Oriole fans were upset with him batting in the top two-thirds of the lineup.

In fact, Iglesias has actually hit over .300 twice: in 2013 (101 OPS+) and 2015 (99 OPS+). So we can't fault Hyde for hoping something like that or 2019 could happen again. I'm sure if Ruiz's power-stroke continues to grow or Severino can put together something like his .818 OPS over 47 first-half games last year (about the number of games he might start in this year's short season), then they or a surprising outfielder will be transposed with Iglesias, who does seem to be totally fine as a no. 7 hitter. Not a big deal.

FWIW, Baseball-Ref's 2020 simulation has Iglesias after 92 games-started at .274 with 24 doubles, 10 homers, and .274 /.312 / .427 / .739. He's 29, but with only 2,915 career plate-appearances. Several of his seasons match or surpass any of the last four we got from the beloved J.J. Hardy and at about a quarter of the price, with less likelihood of injury and twice the foot speed. I am looking forward to watching him play.

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On 7/12/2020 at 10:12 AM, wildcard said:

For Hyde to say that Iglesias should bat  sixth tells me one thing.   The O's batting order is so bad that a hitter with a career 315 OBP should hit sixth,  it just expressing that he has no one better.   Iglesias OBP was .318 in 2019 and .310 the season before.    In a good lineup he bats 9th and is on the field for his glove.  

I expect no real change for his career average this coming season.  Not at 30 years old.

Five of the last eight years the MLB average OBP has been under .320.

(Or you could have just read Frobby's post from 20 hours ago...)

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