Manny Machado is going to be an excellent Major League shortstop, right now though the Baltimore Orioles need a third baseman and so he’s been rushed to the big leagues to play the hot corner. So far, he’s more than held his own. Prior to his team winning in the ninth against the Rays and holding onto their tie for first place with New York, Machado and the O’s needed to get out of the ninth without giving up a run.
With a man on second, Machado fielded a soft grounder that would have been a difficult play to make at first. Instead, he pulled off a bit of trickery, dekeing Rich Thompson into rounding third and then quickly tossing back to nab the runner at the bag. Big props are also due to JJ Hardy for being in a position to make the play.
To top it all off, Machado ended up scoring the winning run in the bottom half of the inning. Not bad rook. Not bad at all.