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WATCH: Blue Jays’ top prospect Gabriel Moreno hits first career MLB home run

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Catcher Gabriel Moreno waited for his first career home run in the major leagues. Against the Orioles on Wednesday, the Toronto Blue Jays rookie and prospect got his first hit with slider Mike Baumann:

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It left the bat at 102.5 miles per hour and flew 399 feet. As for that homer, Moreno is now cutting .308/.338/.369 in 24 games. While the brute strength has yet to show, despite the Homer being higher, these are respectable numbers for a rookie who occupies a premium position in a year of low offensive levels.

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The future looks bright for the 22-year-old from Venezuela. Here is what our R. J. Anderson wrote about Moreno, rating him as 9th baseball player in 2022 season.:

“Moreno won’t turn 22 until February, and due to the pandemic and a fractured thumb, he has less than 200 professional games to his name so far. However, his advantage and progress on both sides of the ball make him a promising defender. Moreno hit .367/.434/.626 eight home runs in 37 games at three levels last season and then played 22 games in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .329/.410/.494 on the walk. for every out. In addition to increasing strength at the plate, Moreno has improved his receiving ability off the plate. The possible introduction of an automated kicking system could make some of his work controversial, but it speaks volumes about his ambition to get better. — and his chances of fame.”

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Between two challenges in Toronto, Moreno hit .315/.386/.420 this season with 16 doubles in 62 games for Triple-A Buffalo. Moreno and the Blue Jays will open their Wild Card series at home on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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