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:
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.
Hayden Dunhurst is a magician. pic.twitter.com/VF7Ah4XHKM— Goodro Catching (@goodrocatching) June 13, 2021
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.
How about a .56 release and a 1.76 pop time by @Hayden_Dunhurst for @olemissbsb!— The Catching Guy (@TheCatchingGuy) February 28, 2021
Pitchout or not, that’s amazing! And I may have stopped the timer a little late (hard to see the exact catch time)... #thelifeofacatcher #olemissbaseball pic.twitter.com/6SF4tZKWvj
Why even try?
Bunt plays: often coaches tell #catchers to circle or pivot around the ball bunted down 3B line. Do not hesitate, go with your first instinct. The out is what matters.— Goodro Catching (@goodrocatching) May 28, 2021
Hayden Dunhurst - Ole Miss#catching pic.twitter.com/zWYdPu7AfH
Oh my lordy, Hayden Dunhurst.— Ian Smith (@FlaSmitty) May 16, 2021
C1 in the 2022 draft class. pic.twitter.com/AmpLrFsZxi
Okay, I lied. Here’s one dinger he hit that landed somewhere around Tupelo High School.