The 5 Best MLB Moments from Saturday

Top prospects earn stripes, a new ace in a new place & swatting Stanton

A recap of the best in Major League Baseball from Saturday, April 9th. The weekend is officially upon us and what a better way to celebrate than with the first weekend of regular-season baseball. Here are a few quick hits to whet your whistle:

A truly touching and beautiful moment between Freddie Freeman and José Iglesias

 

Bo Bichette doing a beautiful thing of his own…

A hopefully not entirely true prognostication of things to come for the White Sox…

And a college baseball team doing their best to break an elevator…

Y’all warmed up? Then away we go!!

 

Bigtime Firsts for Bigtime Rookies

 

Julio Rodríguez is going to be a problem in this league for opposing pitchers for a LONG time. This afternoon Julio started by tallying his first career hit. Top 9, Julio got a fastball on the belt high on the outside corner that he smoked into the gap. Now that the first one is out of the way, I wouldn’t be shocked if he piles up another few hits on Sunday.

C.J. Abrams of the San Diego Padres notched his first hit as well against Mark Melancon, also in the 9th inning. A soft-tossing Melancon came up an in and Abrams was able to display his terrific bat speed to inside out the ball the opposite way.

What a wonderful sight to see both players have their parents and family members in attendance for these road games. Credit to the Padres and Mariners for making the moment special for everyone involved.

And not to be completely outdone, here’s a special moment from Jeremy Peña:

That’s one that’ll stick in his memory for a long time!

 

Bobby’s Sick Witt It

 

Wow. This is what teams have been depriving us as fans of in previous years. “Oh, prospect X needs to work on their defense in the minors for a few weeks until they’re ready for the big leagues.” Well, Bobby Witt Jr. sure put that notion to bed yesterday. In a deadlocked game of zeros, top of the 10th inning, a screaming shot was hit Witt’s way at third base (yes you read that position correctly). While falling backward, Witt makes an incredible toss to the plate to nail the would-be-go-ahead run at the plate.

What makes this play even more astonishing is that Witt was a second baseman while making his way through the minors. Dayton Moore put his faith in Witt to be a key contributor and bet on his talent for a Royals team that could use a true star.

 

Giancarlo Asserts His Dominance

 

Giancarlo Stanton has now homered in six straight games against the Boston Red Sox. Statcast had the ball at 112MPH Exit Velo which was somehow his softest contact of the afternoon.

Simply one of the most feared hitters of his generation, when Stanton is hot, he is scalding. Nick Pivetta’s reaction said it all as he didn’t even need to turn to see the ball. One look at Stanton’s strut and he knew the result. The Yankees have to be happy to see a healthy Giancarlo to start the season. The Red Sox? Not so much

 

San Francisco Shows Off Rodón

 

 

The San Francisco Giants got to show off their new toy with the debut of Carlos Rodon who was masterful today. Showing off a four-seamer that had an extra 2MPH of velo than last year’s average, Carlos was painting today. When hitters did make contact, he made a stellar falling to his right fade away throw to gun down the runner.

 

Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)

Collin Carlone

Collin is somehow a fan of the Phillies & Dodgers simultaneously; although Matt Stairs had some thoughts about that back in ‘08. In his spare time, he plays disc golf like a pitcher in hopes to defy physics enough to be featured by Pitching Ninja.

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