Colorado Rockies center fielder Yonathan Daza showed off his defensive abilities on Friday night in a win over the San Diego Padres by making a highlight reel-worthy catch.
Check out the catch from Colorado Rockies outfielder Yonathan Daza against the San Diego Padres
With no outs in the top of the second inning and the Padres already having a runner at first, Ha-Seong Kim sent Kyle Freeland’s 2-2 pitch toward the gap in right-center. With the flight of the ball, San Diego looked to be headed toward taking an early lead. However, Colorado Rockies center fielder Yonathan Daza had other plans, stretching out completely to wipe out the potential extra-base hit and give Freeland and the Rockies an early boost.
Watch Daza’s speed and timing come together to rob the Padres of momentum.
After the game, Daza didn’t hesitate when he asked about if he thought he could catch the ball when it came off the bat.
“100 percent,” Daza said when asked about his confidence of making the catch. “I thought the whole time I had a chance to make the play. I ran hard and dove and that was it.”
Colorado manager Bud Black praised Daza and his team’s defense throughout Friday’s 10-4 win over visiting San Diego.
“You win games in a lot of different fashions, but tonight was a game where our defense really did shine,” Black said. “Tonight was a really good team win, both with the bat and the glove.”
Daza’s spectacular catch came one day after he dropped a fly ball while playing left field that accounted for his third error of the season. However, Daza proved on Friday that having a short memory is critical for a baseball player’s success.
“Errors happen, you know? I know for a fact I’m a really good outfielder,” Daza said. “You just have to forget about the bad and go out there and play hard today.”