WATCH: Dodgers’ OF robs home run with absurd, leaping catch

By Matt Johnson
Aug 16, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detailed view of Los Angeles Dodgers hat and glove in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

While spring training has just begun and the 2020 MLB season is weeks away, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Thomas might have delivered one of the best home run robberies we’ll see in baseball this season.

During Monday’s spring game against the Dodgers, Chicago White Sox outfielder Blake Rutherford drilled a towering blast to right field that seemed destined to go into the seats for a go-ahead home run. Instead, Thomas took flight and reached his arm over the fence to snag the ball for the spectacular thievery.

Thomas’s sensational grab proved to be crucial as the Dodgers and White Sox finished the game in a 2-2 tie. Just as impressive, the 25-year-old came into the game as a substitution and immediately hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

While baseball fans might not get to see the stars as often as they like in spring training games, it’s always enjoyable to watch unheralded players shine with big opportunities. Thomas’ catch will be on highlight reels for the entire season and it’s a moment he’ll never forget.