Brandon Barnes has done it again for the Houston Astros.
In his latest foray into the spectacular, Barnes robbed Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox of a home run during the fourth inning of Monday's game. It was a play that can only be given its due justice through the video replay:
In fact, you could spend a good chunk of time looking at Barnes' spectacular defensive plays on his player page at MLB.com because of all the highlight reel material he has compiled over the course of the season.
In a year where little has gone right for the Astros, it's nice to see a young player making a name for himself. And he's doing it in an important position for the team—center field.
Consider the "Grassy Knoll" in center field of Minute Maid Park, having a good defensive center fielder is even more important. That hill can be tricky at times.
I'd even go so far as to say that Barnes deserves to be considered for a Gold Glove—and I'm not the only one who thinks so:
Brandon Barnes deserves a gold glove. He's a vacuum out there. #Superman— Todd Van Steensel (@toddvs35) August 27, 2013
At this point you don't even question if Brandon Barnes is going to make the catch. It's a given he will.— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) August 27, 2013
Barnes' .236/.290/.345 stat line leaves a lot to be desired, but this kid definitely has a good glove on him. If he can improve at the plate, he'll have a decent MLB career ahead of him.
I'm jumping on the Brandon Barnes for AL Gold Glove bandwagon—if there is such a wagon yet. This catch proved once again that he is one of the best defensive center fielders in the American League.