Carlos Gomez: Human Highlight Reel | Disciples of Uecker

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Despite providing the typical Carlos Gomez offensive production (read: none), Milwaukee’s center fielder still checks in at 12th on the league Wins Above Replacement leaderboard at his position. Gomez has compiled 1.1 WAR already this year — equal to his total from last season — and is on pace for a 4.4 WAR season. This is because Gomez has a fantastic +7.3 UZR through 41 games and a 35.9 UZR/150 (UZR adjusted for a 150-game season). Although single-season UZR totals are fickle enough that using UZR alone through 40 games borders on madness, I think we have enough video evidence to confirm the premise behind the number: Gomez is an elite, game-changing defensive player. The video archives at MLB.com are filled with Gomez’s defensive handiwork this season:

April 6th: Outfield assist vs. Atlanta
April 18th: Running catch against Philadelphia
April 19th: Running catch into the wall against Philadelphia
April 25th: Somersaulting catch against Cincinnati
April 30th: Diving catch against Houston
May 6th: Diving catch against St. Louis
May 7th: Leaping catch into wall against St. Louis
May 16th: Leaping catch to rob home run against Los Angeles (comes with hilarious Ryan Braun reaction!)

That’s eight spectacular plays that have found their way into the MLB.com database, and Gomez makes a litany of other plays look easy as well. No, he’s not going to start hitting any time soon. But it doesn’t matter. Anybody that plays center field this well deserves a spot in almost any MLB lineup.

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