Less than a week ago, Detroit Tigers shortstop prospect Dixon Machado executed a fantastic barehanded over-the-shoulder catch for his Triple-A team the Toledo Mud Hens. That acrobatic catch made us think of New York Mets third baseman David Wright. Well, Machado is at it again. But this time he’s channeling a different infielder on a different New York team.
The Mud Hens were facing the Columbus Clippers on Sunday, and in the top of the fourth inning, Clippers first baseman Jeremy Lucas was at the plate. Lucas hit a chopper to shortstop, and then Machado jumped into action. He snagged the ball on a backhand and did a quick leaping turn toward first base, throwing as he jumped. The ball made it all the way to his teammate Dean Green at first base, and made it in time to get Lucas for the second out of the inning.
Doesn’t that throw look kind of familiar? Maybe like one a retired New York Yankees shortstop would execute?
That throw has Derek Jeter all over it. After emulating David Wright last week, trying out a little Derek Jeter flair seems natural.
The Mud Hens ended up losing 6-2, but Machado’s defense is no joke. The Tigers have recalled him, and he’ll join his team in Chicago on Monday. Now he can stretch those stupendous defensive muscles in the majors.
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