When Detroit acquired David Price and sent Austin Jackson to Seattle in a three-team trade last week, the Tigers had the opportunity to call up outfielder Ezequiel Carrera.
Carrera, a 27-year-old playing for his third team in the past two seasons, made his first start in center field for Detroit on Monday night. While he doesn't figure to be the Tigers' regular starter in center (that's Rajai Davis now), Carrera did make a glorious first impression in Detroit's 2-1 loss to the Yankees.
Specifically, Carrera kept the Yankees from getting two more runs. He made an incredible over-the-shoulder Jim Edmonds-esque diving catch with the bases loaded and nobody out in the third inning. If not for Carrera's catch, the gapper by Jacoby Ellsbury likely would have cleared the bases.
Derek Jeter was impressed by the catch, and so was Ellsbury, who said after the game:
"I haven't seen a better play made all year," Ellsbury said. "The time of the game. Bases loaded. Just a tremendous play. Shows his athleticism to get that ball. I think that's three RBIs, and at least a triple. That kept them in the ballgame. If that ball lands, it might break open the game for us."
Was Carrera's the catch of the year for certain in MLB? Hard to say in August. But here are a few of the other "catch of the year" contenders at this point in the season:
Ben Revere — April 9
David Lough — April 27
Yasiel Puig - May 22
Brock Holt - June 17
Dustin Ackley - July 22
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