Welcome to the show, Manny Machado. The Baltimore Orioles 2010 first round draft pick recorded two hits in his Major League debut on Thursday night. After grounding out in his first at-bat in the second inning, Machado tripled in the fifth and was driven in on a Nick Markakis sacrifice fly. He added on an infield single in the seventh inning.
Fun fact about Machado’s triple, as D.J. Short of HardballTalk.com points out, Matt Wieters first career hit was also a triple. Good times.
The 20-year-old Machado now finds himself in the same conversations and comparisons as the Angels Mike Trout and Nationals Bryce Harper. He likely won’t see as much playing time as Trout and Harper though as the Birds as still expected to use Wilson Betemit at third base. Still, it was impressive to see how comfortable he looked at third after just two previous pro starts on the hot corner.