Matt den Dekker easily out-raced the flyball onto the warning track and right before he met the left-center field wall at Joker Marchant Stadium put out his glove and robbed Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson of an extra-base hit.
It got a loud appreciative applause from the Tiger fans, but it got just a shrug from den Dekker.
"It's just doing my job," den Dekker said. "It's what I do."
The 25 year-old has never played a game in the majors, but he already has a highlight reel full of outstanding defensive plays from college, spring training and his time in the minors. This spring he robbed Nationals' prospect Anthony Rendon of a home run with a leaping grab over the wall and slid on the warning track into the wall to take away an extra-base hit from Houston's Trevor Crowe.
Defensively, Mets manager Terry Collins compared den Dekker favorably to a former great center fielder he managed in Anaheim: Jim Edmonds.
"Edmonds was never that fast," Collins said.
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