Angels infielder shows off his hand with must-see throw

Detail of the cap and glove of a member of the MLB Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the Angeles home opener against the Texas Rangers at Angeles Stadium on April 2, 2007 in Anaheim, California.
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The Los Angeles Angels have been an interesting team this season.

After another loss in 2022 with Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani out of the gates playing good baseball in 2023.

While Trout and Ohtani deserve much of the credit for the Halos’ turnaround, rookie shortstop Zack Neto has also been performing quite well.

He has provided a spark at the top of the lineup and in the field.

On Monday night, he threw a 94.3-mph homer to catch Marcus Semien in the bottom of the tenth inning at Globe Life Field.

On Twitter, Sarah Langes of posted a video of the throw and pointed out some interesting facts.

This play by Neto is the fastest-tracked infield assist in all of baseball this season.

It is also the fastest tracked infield assist by an Angel since the Statcast era began in 2015.

Neto certainly made quick work of Semien as he attacked first base to catch him.

It also helped the Angels keep the game tied and what eventually happened over the next two innings.

Ohtani hit the game-winning home run and the Halos won by a final score of 9–6.

And though Neto’s throw may have gotten lost in the heroics of Ohtani, it was still a vital part of the Angels’ win over the Rangers on Monday.

A slightly slower throw may not have caught Semien at first base, which ultimately would have brought in the winning run.

But Neto made a game saving play and managed to keep it tied.

Shohei Ohtani remains in a league of his own