There are not many things that Carlos Gomez, the centerfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, cannot do on a baseball field. He is a five tool player who can easily launch a ball into the seats with his huge swing or swipe a base with his blazing speed. His improved eye at the plate has allowed him to be even more of the threat on the base-paths too.
In the field, he is even better. He has tremendous range and a great leaping ability that allows him to catch anything that he can get near. With all of these tools, his potential is limitless. Here is a look at some of the highlights of his Brewer career.
June 10, 2010 Scoring on a Sac Bunt
Usually on a sacrifice bunt, runners are moved into scoring position. When Craig Counsell squared to bunt in tenth inning against the Cubs, Gomez had other ideas. Already running on the pitch from first base, Gomez rounded second and kept running. When the throw to third was airmailed, Gomez kept chugging to the plate and scored. His tremendous speed put the pressure on the Cubs defense and allowed for the Brewers to be victorious.
October 7, 2011 NLDS Game Five
While Carlos Gomez did not start in the game, he played one of the most important roles in helping the Brewers advance to the 2011 National League Championship Series. When Gomez was called on to pinch run in the tenth inning, the whole park knew he was running. But it didn’t matter, as Gomez swiped second base easily to get into scoring position. Later, he was able to motor around the bases for the winning run giving Milwaukee its biggest win in over 20 years.
June 18, 2013 Catch Up the Hill
At Minute Maid Park in Houston, it is 436 feet to centerfield. Players who drive the ball to center often see them fall for outs. However, near the wall is Tal’s Hill, a grassy, elevated area. When a ball is hit up toward the hill it is often a sure triple. But when the Astros’ Jason Castro drove a ball out there last season he saw a different result. Gomez made one of the greatest catches of the season by running full speed up the hill, and while falling hauling the ball in over his shoulder, turning a sure hit into an incredible out.
July 8, 2013 Walk-off out
With the Brewers clinging to a slim lead, Joey Votto crushed a two out delivery to deep centerfield. Gomez found the fence, tracked the ball and leapt to snag it before it left the yard. A perplexed Votto could not believe his eyes as the game ended with a brilliant grab.
2013 Gold Glove/All-Star Season
During last season, Carlos Gomez made highlight reel plays each night. He cemented his status as one of the best centerfielders in the game, by bringing home his first Gold Glove. But, he did not only shine in the field, he was great at the plate, too. He produced career highs in almost every offensive category including homeruns, stolen bases, RBIs, and On-base percentage, while appearing in his first all-star game.
After an amazing season in 2013, Gomez was not satisfied. He told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “I didn’t want just one Gold Glove. I wanted 10 more. I didn’t want just one all-star. I wanted 10 more.” Gomez will not just stand by on what he has already done, but he is primed to add more highlights to his already impressive highlight-reel career.
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