Byron Buxton hasn’t yet been able to establish himself as a major league hitter, but boy howdy he has shown that he can flash the leather.
Take this catch in yesterday’s game against the Indians. It came off of Carlos Santana‘s bat and had the gap written all over it. Buxton broke immediately and covered some serious, serious ground to get there. And then he leaped and slammed into the wall to snag it, losing his glasses and his cap. Most guys would’ve lost the ball:
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The most impressive part of that, in my view, are the strides. Just watch him going for that ball. It’s like he was gliding above the surface of the grass. Absolutely beautiful.