Hey, he’s not all pinch-hit, walk-off, grand slams you know. David Bote can also flash the leather.
Or, in this instance, his bare hand. This dribbler from the speedy Lorenzo Cain was an easy infield single if it reaches the shortstop, so Bote took matters into his own hand(s):
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— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 15, 2018
That’s such a do-or-die play, and the third baseman knows if he can get to it he has to try – Addison Russell would have had no shot. Bote has already showed great instincts and ability at third base, which is just one of the several positions he can play well.