Herrera off to the races on 5-star catch

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“You’re saving the game,” Herrera said through the Phillies’ interpreter.

That ball is caught just 14 percent of the time, making it a five-star catch, according to Statcast™. Five-star catches are balls that are caught 25 percent of the time or less. Herrera caught three of those balls in 38 opportunities last season.

“From the beginning, I read the fly ball well,” Herrera said. “I got a good read. I thought it was a great jump.”

Herrera covered 29.4 feet per second on the play. To put that into perspective, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton typically covers about 30 feet per second in the outfield.

In other words, Herrera was flying.

Phillies right-hander Luis Garcia‘s eyes darted back and forth from the ball to Herrera until his teammate made the catch.

“I was hoping,” Garcia said.

Herrera slammed into the fence, spun and tumbled to the warning track after making the catch. He is fine.

“No, it didn’t worry me at all because I was aware of where the wall was,” Herrera said about crashing into the wall. “I knew the distance I had from where I was to the wall.”

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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