Phillies catcher Ryan Hanigan went all out to reel in a foul popup
Catcher Ryan Hanigan, who has played parts of 10 MLB seasons and owns a show-worthy Austalian shepherd, signed a Minor League contract with the Phillies this offseason and got an invite to Spring Training. He's there to show the team he can still contribute behind the plate.
His effort while trying to reel in a foul popup during the Phillies' Spring Training matchup against the Pirates on Saturday will certainly help his cause:
That's the spinning, juggling catch of a man who knows he's got to impress the audience. And he did indeed impress at least one member of his team:
"That was a pretty good catch -- if that's what you want to call it," Jeremy Hellickson told MLB.com's Paul Hagen. "He's a pretty athletic catcher."
The play retired Josh Bell for the first out of the inning, but the Pirates still put up five runs in the third -- not for lack of effort on Hanigan's part, though.