Jacoby Ellsbury with the RANGE.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 4, 2017
New York Yankees centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury got on the highlight reel early on Tuesday with a leaping catch in the first inning.
In the bottom of the first inning during Tuesday night’s contest with the Tampa Bay Rays, Ellsbury erased what would have been a RBI double by Rickie Weeks Jr. with a leaping catch on a deep fly ball.
New York’s starter CC Sabathia left an 84 mph changeup over the plate to Weeks, who scorched a line drive to deep center. Ellsbury, who won a gold glove with the Boston Red Sox in 2011, used his game-changing speed and impeccable jump off the bat to track it down, time the line drive’s descension and snag it before the first inning got out of hand for the second consecutive day.
Last season, Ellsbury finished fourth among qualified American League center fielders in defensive rating (2.7) and the highest since 2011.