Every now and then, a Major League Baseball player makes a play on defense that makes your jaw drop. They make incredibly hard plays look easy on a daily basis but sometimes there are gems that stick out well above the rest. On Wednesday, Adam Engel had one of those moments.
There was a ball hit deep by Jesse Winker in the top of the sixth inning. The ball was destined to be land over the fence but Engel had other ideas. He had time to plant his feet at the wall and time the perfect leap to bring the ball back in.
At the time of the catch, the Chicago White Sox had a 4-3 lead. This would have been a solo shot that tied the game at four. You never know how the game would have ended if Seattle tied it but we know that the Sox won 6-4 without letting them do that.
Engel has made a name for himself in MLB and a lot of it is because of the fact that he can make this type of catch. He has robbed a few baseballs from going over the fence in the past but this one was extra impressive.
Adam Engel’s catch really helped the Chicago White Sox hang on for the win.
The fact that the catch prevented the Mariners from tying a very important early-season game combined with the fact that it was a downpour makes the catch extra impressive. The White Sox really needed to beat Robbie Ray to boost their confidence and this catch was a big part of it.
When Engel first broke into the league, he was making these types of catches but there was no offense to show for it. He was one of the worst hitters in the organization but that has turned around a lot for him as he can hold his own in an MLB batters box.
In this game, Engel drew two walks but didn’t have a hit. It doesn’t matter, however, as this catch was one of the most important defensive plays made on a very hard night to make defensive plays for either team because of the weather conditions.
Everyone needs to see this play as it is one of the best from any player across the league so far in this young season. Adam deserves every bit of recognition. With AJ Pollock out of the lineup right now, Engel is perfect to fill in.
Having him as the fourth outfielder is absolutely perfect for a variety of reasons. He can fill in for injured players or be a late-inning defensive replacement which is very nice. Expect Engel to keep making big plays like this one all season long.