Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who won the American League Gold Glove in 2015, 2016, and 2019, surprised everyone with his haul.
Kiermaier went 0-for-4 in his first at-bat in the middle infield and eighth spot in the lineup against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Kiermaier, who had been hitting in the triple digits this season, was silent against Milwaukee. Instead, the three-time Gold Glove winner used his offence to help his fellow starters.
“Kiermeyer made a masterpiece,” MLB.com wrote, “racing 92 feet in 4.7 seconds to snag a fly ball as it headed toward the right-centre field track. It’s hard for even the best athletes to make a catch like that, but Kiermeyer did it at a speed of 30.4 feet per second north of the plate.”
The play came in the second inning when Toronto took a 3-0 lead. Starter Kevin Gausman threw a 96.5 mph four-seam fastball on six pitches to Andrew Monasterio two batters later. Monasterio batted, and the pitch went to right-centre field.메이저놀이터
It looked like it was going to clear right-centre, but Kiermeyer, the centre fielder, chased the ball at breakneck speed and threw himself at it. The ball went straight into Kiermeyer’s glove. “He had a 15 percent chance of catching it,” MLB.com said.
Although he didn’t produce a hit or an RBI, Hosmer helped his team win the game. Gausman, who picked up his fourth win of the season, agreed. “I saw him make a lot of plays like that when I was in Baltimore, so I have a lot of respect for him. I’m glad he did it for me now.”
“Kiermeyer, who signed a one-year, $9 million deal in the offseason, has exceeded all expectations with his versatility,” MLB.com wrote.