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Defensive wizard Nolan Arenado ranged all the way to the first-base side of the mound on a bunt

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All Nolan Arenado does is dazzle on both sides of the field -- and his latest feat of defensive wizardry came in the Rockies' 5-3 win over the Reds on Monday night at Coors Field. 

Arenado, still basking in the glow of winning the NL's starting third baseman spot in the upcoming All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, showed folks just how he's attained the status of one of the game's most awe-inspiring talents.

In the fifth, Reds pitcher Luis Castillo laid down a bunt that rolled toward the first-base side of the mound. 

But look! There's Nolan, flying in from off-screen to grab the ball and fire a strike to second base for a forceout:

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Here's a freeze-frame for good measure, so you can really appreciate this scene:

Range like that is just crazy, but apparently Arenado had wanted to show it off for some time. "I've been wanting to do that for a long time," he told MLB.com's Daniel Kramer. "I just haven't been able to because no one has really done it yet." 

"What was going through my head," Arenado explained, "was that [Castillo's] a young pitcher and I knew that he's just trying to get the bunt down. That's his job, so I was like, 'OK, I'm going to charge him.'" Arenado read the situation perfectly and now can check that play off his to-do list.

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