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Andrelton Simmons makes incredible throw from his knees (Video)

Andrelton-Simmons-throwAtlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons showed off some of the most incredible arm strength you will ever see on Wednesday night. During the second inning of Atlanta’s 4-3 win over the New York Mets, Simmons lost his balance while making a backhanded play in the hole between shortstop and third base. He still somehow managed to throw out Travis d’Arnaud at first.

Freddie Freeman made a great stretch on the other end to complete what was a phenomenal play all around. Replays appeared to show that d’Arnaud actually beat the throw, but we almost always see umpires give the fielder the benefit of the doubt when they make a play like that.

But what about instant replay? With the new replay rules that are in place, Mets manager Terry Collins could have challenged the play. Considering there were two outs in the second inning and he had the bottom of the order coming up, Collins didn’t bother. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was also being respectful of a great play.

Alcides Escobar makes ridiculous no-look catch (Video)

Alcides EscobarAlcides Escobar made a ridiculous no-look catch on Wednesday that really showed off his glove and defensive instincts.

Ryan Hanigan was up with one on and nobody out in the top of the second of a 0-0 game between the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays, and he hit a popup to shallow left center. Escobar saw the ball off the bat and tracked it going back to the outfield grass. He looked over his shoulder to see where it was, then continued going and made the catch just by looking up.

Escobar bobbled the ball but was able to hang on for the grab, which really showed his concentration.

According to Fangraphs, Escobar has received pretty strong scores for his range ratings during his brief career.

Daniel Murphy made incredible between-the-legs throw to rob Bryce Harper (Video)

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy returned to spring training action on Sunday after missing the last week with a minor calf injury. The 28-year-old must have been feeling pretty healthy, because he made one of the best defensive plays you will see all season.

With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning, Bryce Harper tried to bunt for a base hit. He placed the ball perfectly between first base and the pitcher’s mound where only Murphy had a play on it, and it looked like Harper was going to beat the throw with ease. Instead, Murphy threw the ball between his legs on the run and got Harper at first.

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“It was a really good bunt by Bryce,” Murphy told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. “I just felt like it was the only way I could get it over to first from the angle I was going to have to take. I could probably do it another 15 times, and throw all 15 of them in the fourth row of the stands.”

Murphy added that he had only attempted a throw like that before while messing around in practice. I think Bryce Harper’s “WOW” reaction said it all. Between Murphy’s throw and Josh Reddick’s home-run robbing catches last month, we have seem some truly jaw-dropping plays in games that don’t count this year.

Josh Reddick robs Michael Morse of two home runs (Video)

Josh-Reddick-spidermanOakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick had what will likely be his best defensive game of the year on Wednesday, and it didn’t even count. Reddick made not one but two incredible catches to rob San Francisco Giants outfielder Michael Morse of a pair of home runs.

In the second inning, Morse hit a fly ball to right that appeared destined to land over the 10-foot wall. The only way Reddick could have taken the homer away is if he went into Spiderman mode and scaled the wall. That’s exactly what he did, and the same exact thing happened again when Morse came to the plate in the fourth. The two joked about it on Twitter after the game.

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Rockies prospect Tyler Massey makes incredible catch, crashes through wall (Video)

Tyler-Massey-crashes-through-wallColorado Rockies prospect Tyler Massey made an incredible catch on Friday while playing for the Melbourne Aces of the Australian Baseball League. The 24-year-old outfielder went crashing through the wall in the process.

Massey got a great jump on a fly ball that was ripped over his head and appeared like it had a chance to get out of the park. Instead, he jumped up to make the catch and slammed into the wall. Since the game was not held at Wrigley Field, the outfield fence was not all that sturdy. Massey ended up going directly through it.

The catch preserved a 1-0 lead in the 7th inning of a game the Aces won 7-3. Who knew we would be adding to our growing list of web gems in January?

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Jose Iglesias makes incredible catch on David Ortiz blooper (Video)

Jose-Iglesias-catchDetroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has some of the best hands in baseball. He’s a below average hitter for the most part, but the 23-year-old more than makes up for it with his wizardry in the field. That was on full display with the catch he made to rob David Ortiz of a base hit on Thursday night.

Iglesias was positioned on the second base side of the infield, as the Tigers went into their usual shift for Ortiz. Big Papi lifted a blooper to center field on the shortstop side of second base, and it appeared certain that it would land safely in the outfield. Instead, Iglesias went into a full sprint and somehow tracked the ball down, throwing his glove out in front of his body at the last second to make the catch.

[Related: Video: Jose Iglesias makes incredible play while falling down]

Plays like that are the reason the Tigers got involved in a three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox, a top prospect to to the Chicago White Sox and brought them Iglesias. He’s going to be one of the best fielders in the game for years to come.

Todd Frazier makes great catch diving into stands (Video)

Todd Frazier catchTodd Frazier bailed Johnny Cueto out of a shaky second inning with an incredible diving catch on Tuesday night in the one-game playoff between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.

Cueto allowed home runs to Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin, and he gave up back-to-back hits to Starling Marte and Francisco Liriano. The Pirates had runners on first and second with two outs and Neil Walker up, but Walker fouled a ball down the third base line. Frazier ran to the edge of the diamond and dove over the railing and into the photographer’s pit to make the inning-ending catch.

The Reds could have fallen behind by much more than 2-0, but thanks to Frazier’s great catch, the score remained 2-0.