Raisel Iglesias was born on January 4, 1990, he is a Cuban professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds.
On June 27, 2014, Iglesias signed with the Cincinnati Reds, to a seven-year contract worth $27 million. The Reds formally added him to their 40-man roster when he arrived in the United States on August 12.
In spring training in 2015, the Reds evaluated Iglesias as a starting pitcher. He started the season in the Reds’ Opening Day starting rotation and made his MLB debut on April 12. He had a couple of stints on the disabled list, limiting him to just 18 games, 16 of them starts. His record was 3–7 with 104 strikeouts.
In 2019, Iglesias started the season as the Reds closer and ended the year with career-highs in saves (34) and appearances (68) and a 4.16 ERA. On August 8, 2020, Iglesias earned his 100th MLB career save against the Brewers.
On December 7, 2020, Iglesias was traded to the Angels for Noé Ramirez and Leo Rivas. With the Angels, Iglesias was named American League Reliever of the Month for July 2021. Iglesias finished the 2021 season with a 2.57 ERA, 103 strikeouts, and 34 saves.
The 34 saves tied his career-high, and he came up one strikeout short of tying his career-high at 104. On December 1, 2021, Iglesias re-signed with the Angels on a four-year, $58 million contract.
Iglesias has never divulged any information about his parents, he is a very private person who likes to keep his personal life away from media attention.