WATCH: Baez somehow avoids tag on unbelievable steal
Hometown: Bayamon, Puerto Rico,
(Arlington County Day HS)
Years Played: 2016 - 2018
CHICAGO — An inning after collecting his fourth triple of the season, Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez snagged his fourth stolen base of the season in the second inning of the Cubs' clash with the Chicago White Sox.
Despite the fact that the Cubs were already up 4-0, Baez (forever a spark plug) took off for second base a few at-bats after hustling to beat out a throw at first for an infield single.
Baez's hustle paid off yet again, as he was able to dive headfirst into second and reach the bag safely for the steal. However, the most impressive part of the steal was Baez's ability to somehow avoid getting tagged out by White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson.
Originally reaching for second base with his left hand, Baez pulled it back when it was mere inches from Anderson's glove and then quickly reached for the bag with his right hand, successfully avoiding the tag and accruing the steal, as a result.
Baez pulled off the steal against former teammate Wellington Castillo, who currently serves as the starting catcher for the White Sox. By doing so, Baez put himself in scoring position and, following a walk of Rizzo, came in to score on a single by Willson Contreras, marking Baez's second run of the game.