Prince surprises Tigers with 'sneaky athleticism'

Prince surprises Tigers with 'sneaky athleticism'

CLEVELAND -- Tigers infield coach Rafael Belliard didn't think Prince Fielder had a chance at snaring Jason Donald's fifth-inning ball down the first-base line Friday. He figured, like most everybody else, that the Indians had a two-run hit.

Instead, Fielder ended up with the top highlight in baseball for the night.

The fact that Fielder made up so much ground at the last second displayed athleticism that defies his body type.

"I think it's a sneaky athleticism," Justin Verlander said. "Anybody that follows the Tigers would be able to tell you that, especially with Prince. I don't think anybody here realized how good of an athlete he was until you get to see him. He's fast for a big guy and [has] quick reflexes."

Said manager Jim Leyland: "He's very athletic, runs good, [is a] good baserunner, gets a good read on the bases. He's done a very good job."