Kevin Kiermaier hasn’t ever been shy about showing off his defensive prowess. The three-time Gold Glove Award winner in center field has always had a penchant for making incredible plays. That trend continued in a stirring way on Thursday afternoon in Toronto. As the Blue Jays hosted the Milwaukee Brewers for the finale of a midweek series, Kiermaier grabbed the headlines — and the ball — in spectacular fashion.
Andruw Monasterio faced Kevin Gausman in the top of the 2nd inning. With a full count and 2 outs, Monasterio pelted one off Gausman that looked destined to land in the right-center field gap. Not if Kiermaier had anything to say about it, though! He went full extension in the warning track, made the catch, and slid safely and gracefully all the way to the wall!
Fellow outfielder George Springer was there to celebrate the huge catch after Kiermaier made it.
Kevin Kiermaier just went full extension for an incredible catch!! 🕸️💎 pic.twitter.com/Lbl8hS3yNn
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) June 1, 2023
The MLB world reacted to the sensational catch.
“Should we expect anything less from Kevin Kiermaier?” MLB asked.
Should we expect anything less from Kevin Kiermaier?
— MLB (@MLB) June 1, 2023
“This is one of the more remarkable catches I can remember seeing,” Sportsnet columnist Shi Davidi tweeted.
This is one of more remarkable catches I can remember seeing. Kevin Kiermaier hauled ass at a sprint speed of 30.4 feet-per-second and covered 92 feet to rob Andrew Monasterio. pic.twitter.com/FupNWeNIb2
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) June 1, 2023
Sportsnet reacted to the catch by going crazy in all-caps.
KEVIN KIERMAIER, WHAT A CATCH 😱 pic.twitter.com/FpolrQb5iA
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 1, 2023
An MLB researcher then proclaimed, “Kevin Kiermaier is truly one of the best defenders ever.” It’s become hard to really disagree with that!
Kevin Kiermaier is truly one of the best defenders ever.
15% catch probability and 30.4 feet/sec sprint speed on this gorgeous catch. pic.twitter.com/NlhYExc4ll
— Brent Maguire (@bmags94) June 1, 2023