Twins outfielder reaches amazing speed to make diving snag to rob Nava
By Joey Nowak
Imagine driving a car through center field at Target Field like you would through your neighborhood and seeing Aaron Hicks, glove in hand, pull up next to you.
Statcast™ reveals that Hicks does indeed emulate such a thing, with his impressive top speed to track down a ball against the Red Sox on Monday afternoon in Minnesota.
With two outs in the second inning, Daniel Nava popped Ricky Nolasco's full-count pitch to short center field, where Hicks came charging. According to Statcast™, Hicks topped out at 21.4 mph to snag the ball on a dive and save a run.
Hicks used a 95.8 percent route efficiency to cover 79.5 feet and make the play.
To understand how fast Hicks was running -- with a glove on his hand, no less -- bear in mind that Minnesota center fielder Logan Schafer made a similar diving grab against the A's in the first week of May by topping out at 17.9 mph, and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen made a catch last week by topping out at 21 mph.
Royals speedster Jarrod Dyson was clocked at 21.0 mph on a triple during Sunday Night Baseball this month.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.