Colorado Rockies: 4 Must-See Defensive Plays to Open the 2017 Season

Apr 3, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) makes a leaping catch of ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) makes a leaping catch of ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /
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Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies
Apr 3, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) makes a leaping catch of ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /

While Nolan Arenado was making some highlight reel plays on the infield, Charlie Blackmon made sure to remind everyone that he can track down a ball in the outfield.

Blackmon has transformed himself into one of Major League Baseball’s premier leadoff hitters, but there’s much more to the bearded wonder than just a bat and some speed on the bases. He’s also one of the best center fielders in the game.

He flashed his skills in the sixth inning of Monday’s season opener in Milwaukee. For his efforts, he earned a tip of the cap from Colorado reliever Carlos Estevez.

If you want to know why Carlos Gonzalez is usually in the conversation for Gold Glove awards, all you need to do is watch the play below.

Early in Wednesday’s game, the Brewers had a chance to take an early lead against Tyler Chatwood. CarGo, however, made sure that Milwaukee stayed off the scoreboard. Make a shoestring catch? Sure. Nail the runner at the plate with a laser-like throw? You bet.

Next: 5 Reasons Why the Rockies Could Win the World Series

It’s early in the season, but if the series in Milwaukee has been any indication, it’s shaping up to be another year of defensive highlights for the Rockies.

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