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Marlins’ Dee Gordon reached 21 mph on steal attempt; Salvy Perez still threw him out

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez. The Associated Press

Are you familiar with the term Pop Time? It is the time it takes for a catcher to throw out a would-be base stealer.

More precisely it is the time from when a pitch hits the catcher’s mitt to the moment the fielder receives his throw.

I bring this up, because in the Royals’ 1-0 win at Miami on Tuesday night, the Marlins’ Dee Gordon tried to steal second, but he was thrown out by Perez. And the Pop Time on Perez’s throw was 1.90 seconds.

It was a key moment. The Royals had that one-run lead in the seventh inning when Gordon took off. Gordon, who led the league in stolen bases in 2014 and 2015, reached a top speed of 21 mph, but it wasn’t good enough.

That just seems impossible, right? Well, here is the breakdown from MLB.com’s wonderful Statcast:

As MLB.com continues to roll out new and more in-depth statistics, I hope they come up a catcher’s accuracy measurement. As Rex Hudler noted, Perez put that ball in the perfect spot to get Gordon.

For the season, there have been 62 attempted steals with Perez behind the plate. Only 30 have succeeded. That’s a caught stealing rate of 52 percent.

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