Steve Souza May Have Made the Catch of the Year Last Night
Not every baseball player -- even at the professional ranks -- is without weakness. We all know that.
But sometimes players excel so much at one aspect of the game that they find their way in the everyday lineup.
Take, for example, Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. His career wRC+ is 107, so he's barely better than an average run producer (100 is average).
However, his Defensive Runs Saved mark (59) ranks tops among 91 outfielders with at least 1,000 innings since 2014.
To put some numbers to the play, peep this.
#Statcast metrics for Souza's great catch... First step 0.3 seconds, distance covered 88ft, route efficiency 96.1%, top speed 19.5 MPH.
— Daren Willman (@darenw) April 28, 2016
Sounds pretty nice.
But Souza isn't known for his fielding prowess. His -3 Defensive Runs Saved is tied for 53rd among those 91 qualified outfielders, and his Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 games (0.0) ranks 47th.
He's a pretty average outfielder based on those metrics, but he's known for his ability to hit left-handed pitching.
His career ISO of .228 ranks 33rd among 285 hitters with at least 100 plate appearances against lefties since 2014.
If he can keep making catches like that, though, hits will be hard to drop into the Tampa Bay outfield.