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Willson Contreras is So Fast He Catches Foul Tips with His Throwing Arm (VIDEO)

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When I was training to be a kung-fu master under the cruel tutelage of Pai Mei, I was forced to grab fruit flies out of the air using nothing but chopsticks. It took me months to hone the craft, but eventually, I snatched one out of the air and completed my training.


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And by the looks of his lightening fast reactions, Willson Contreras must’ve done the same.

Watch as the Cubs’ young catcher plucks this pitch out of the air/off-the-bat of Steven Souza Jr. using his throwing arm, not his glove:

To be fair, that was only an 82.1 MPH changeup … so it wasn’t that impressive.

I kid, of course, because it was pretty wild – and also a bit lucky – for Contreras to hold onto a ball that ricocheted off Souza’s bat and his own glove before landing in his arm/gut for the third and final strike of the at-bat.


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And if you’re wondering, yes, it barely nicked Contreras’ glove before he caught it, because if it didn’t, it wouldn’t have been considered strike three.

Take a look from another angle:

And the official rules for further clarification:

Pai Mei would’ve be proud.


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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.