Fans at Prince George’s Stadium didn’t have to wait until after the game for fireworks. In his first home game with the Baysox, Cuban defector Henry Urrutia crushed the first pitch he saw from Harrisburg starter Brian Broderick to deep center field for a solo homer.
“Going back to the fact that he hasn’t played — there is not anything about his game that shows any kind of rust,” Baysox skipper Gary Kendall told reporters. It really is incredible. As Eduardo Encina points out, Urrutia hasn’t played competitive ball in two seasons after being suspended in Cuba following a failed defection.
The 26 year old is hitting .364/.440/.682 in the Eastern League. If he keeps that up, he’ll be DH’ing in Baltimore in no time.
(Only sort of joking).