Luis Guillorme is currently the Mets’ No. 17-ranked prospect. He’s with the big league club during Spring Training, and he probably might be trying to impress the team any way he can, whenever he can. He can do so with moves like these at shortstop, for example. But on Thursday, an opportunity presented itself as he waited in the dugout during the Mets’ Spring Training matchup against the Marlins.
Adeiny Hechavarria swung at a pitch from Robert Gsellman and lost control of his bat, which went soaring toward the Mets’ dugout in the second inning– but it was no bother for Guillorme:
A good way for Guillorme to earn the notice of the Mets coaches is barehanded grabs in the field, sure, but barehandling a flying baseball bat will live forever in the memories of everyone who was standing in that dugout with him.
Guillorme’s scouting report already says he has “the fastest hands in the system,” and apparently that means on and off the field.
He also has a bit of newfound popularity. After the game,when Guillorme arrived back in the clubhouse, an attendant told him that his phone, which was plugged into a wall outlet, had not stopped buzzing since he made the catch.
Sure enough, Guillorme took his phone to find about 150 new Instagram notifications and 45 texts.
“I just literally saw the bat coming at me and caught it,” Guillorme shrugged. “Didn’t think much of it.”
Apparently, Guillorme do have a habit of staying in the line of fire when bats and balls come flying his way.
According to him, Usually when stuff like that happens, he really don’t get out, he said. I threw my hand at it. The bat just happened to land on it.”
Teammate Brandon Nimmo, was standing next to Guillorme at the time. When the bat came flying in their direction, Nimmo tumbled back into the dugout — right, in Guillorme’s estimation, into the path the bat would have taken had he not caught it.
According to Nimmo, he said “I was like, ‘What in the world?”. “I was waiting for it to hit near me, or by me. And I turned around and Guillorme just has it in his hand. I was amazed, ‘Did you catch it?’ Then I ran quickly to watch the replay. It was superb! He didn’t even flinch.”