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Ole Miss catcher Hayden Dunhurst named to 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove team

As if there was ever a doubt.

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Rawlings released their 2021 Gold Glove team’s starting nine on Wednesday and Ole Miss catcher Hayden Dunhurst was selected. The Carriere, Miss. native burst on the scene as a freshman last year before the season was halted due to the COVID-19 vaccine, making Collegiate Baseball’s All-Freshman team and the Buster Posey Award watchlist, awarded to college baseball’s best catcher.

As a sophomore, Dunhurst was not only a key cog for the 2021 offense (.280/.385/.435), but he was a damn cheat code behind home plate. Dunhurst threw out 72 percent of would-be base stealers which begs the question:

“Why?”

So, as we reflect on his 2021 campaign from a defensive standpoint, let’s relive some of his best moments, shall we?

The transfer here is just silly. Fastball down and in, arm-side, and Dunhurst just snags and throws the runner out without even blinking.

As if the arm wasn’t good enough for you, he went into the damn dugout here, full-extension without hesitation.

What about some work behind the plate as an artist? Here we see Dunhurst do a nice job of sticking a fastball on the outside of the plate. Just a beaut.

Why even try?

[chef’s kiss]

Okay, I lied. Here’s one dinger he hit that landed somewhere around Tupelo High School.