George Springer has shown plenty of defensive acumen to go with his hot bat.
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By Michael Beller
July 09, 2014

It appears July 9 is Make a Ridiculous Catch night for center fielders. First, it was Jackie Bradley Jr. robbing Tyler Flowers of a double in Boston. Now here’s George Springer taking extra bases away from Alex Rios.

Watch the video again and notice how Springer wasn’t even looking up at the ball when he made the catch. The advanced fielding metrics don’t love Springer, but sometimes he isn’t just the best power-hitting rookie this side of Jose Abreu.

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