Jason Heyward might be going through plenty of ups and downs at the plate this year, but his defense has been juuuuuuuust fine:
YOU SHALL NOT PASS.https://t.co/eYPVxzwKIB
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 20, 2016
That’s a two-out ball that died a bit in the outfield, with a runner going at second base. In no universe should that even be a close play at the plate, let alone what it was. Heyward nailed James Loney, and did it with some room to spare.
How? Well, a perfectly accurate throw, and this:
Jason Heywards throw home clocked at 98.9 MPH 🔥🔥🔥@cubs
— Daren Willman (@darenw) July 20, 2016
Not only that, it was Heyward's hardest throw of the Statcast era. https://t.co/jew7iCiw1g
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) July 20, 2016
Just silly. Probably better even than the throw he made against the Pirates that didn’t result in an out, but did result in my jaw dropping.