Kirk Nieuwenhuis Doesn't Let Mere Fences Stop Him From Catching Baseballs Down on the Farm
(Video courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats)
The New York Mets outfield has had its fair share of adjustments this year, to say the least. While the Mets juggle the six current outfielders on their 25-man roster, one of the reinforcements down in Triple-A made a highlight reel play.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis made the Opening Day roster as the Mets' sixth outfielder initially, but has since been sent down for more seasoning at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Friday night in Sacramento, against the division rival River Cats, Nieuwenhuis reached well over the outfield wall to rob a ball destined for the visitor's bullpen.
The play deceived the cameraman, surprised the play-by-play man and I assume made batter, Steven Vogt, extremely frustrated. Despite the dazzling defense from Nieuwenhuis, the River Cats would go on to win by a score of 3-0.
Kudos to Sacramento, who are the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A's, for recognizing the handy glove work by Nieuwenhuis with not one, but two YouTube clips, including the slow-motion one below. Nicely done, Kirk.