WATCH: Baez with spectacular behind-the-back toss after diving stop
Hometown: Bayamon, Puerto Rico,
(Arlington County Day HS)
Years Played: 2016 - 2018
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres took a 1-0 lead against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night via a fielder's choice groundout. However, the highlight of the play did not involve the run scoring. Rather, it featured a diving stop and ensuing throw from Cubs second baseman Javier Baez that likely prevented more runs from scoring.
Nearly inciting a 4-6-3 double play, Baez dove to his right to corral a hard-hit grounder from Eric Hosmer that he then pitched to shortstop Addison Russell in a behind-the-back fashion for the force out at second base. Russell threw to first base in order to complete the double play, but Hosmer was able to beat out the throw.
The defensive display by Baez in the highlight-worthy play will be remembered for quite some time. Known as "El Mago" for a reason, Baez, a magician on defense, showcased one of the many reasons why he is a candidate for the National League MVP with his amazing two-part web gem.