Javier Baez became known for his insane defensive plays (especially the tags) during the Cubs’ championship run last season, and while most of those plays came as a second baseman, Baez actually came up as a shortstop.
And Baez has been playing shortstop much more for the Cubs this season with Addison Russell having a lingering shoulder issue. The 24-year-old got the start at shortstop tonight, and showed that he can also make amazing plays on that side of the infield.
Watch Baez rob Bryce Harper of a single with this ridiculous full-extension diving play on a line drive:
Javy, you are INSANE. pic.twitter.com/dwGVpG7a1X
— MLB (@MLB) June 27, 2017
That play really shouldn’t be possible.
UPDATE: He made another completely absurd play later in the game!
Javy Baez. ANOTHER ONE. pic.twitter.com/0df4W3QpKj
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) June 27, 2017
Javier Baez…. Covering 132ft to make a great catch in foul territory. pic.twitter.com/XBxE0yGleU
— Daren Willman (@darenw) June 27, 2017
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