Watch Joe Panik make an incredible, sliding, barehand play in a Minor League rehab start
We already knew that Joe Panik is a wizard. His incredible diving play and subsequent glove flip helped the Giants win their third World Series in five years:
All meanings of "clutch" aside, the play he made last night was better. The Giants placed Panik on the DL in August while he was dealing with some lower back inflammation. The 24-year-old second baseman recently began a rehab assignment as he works his way back to the big-league club.
On Thursday, he suited up to play second base for the Sacramento River Cats, the Giants' Triple-A affiliate. With two outs and a runner on second in the top of the third, Nick Buss of the Reno Aces grounded a ball between Panik and the River Cats first baseman, Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen dove to make a play, but only managed to deflect the ball behind Panik, who was aiming to get to it himself. What happened next is nothing short of wizardry:
No. No he didn't. He couldn't have. You probably still don't believe it happened, so feel free to watch the full play in the video below: