Baltimore Orioles number one minor league prospect Manny Machado hit a majestic home run in his Frederick Keys debut Thursday. The home run sailed over the wall in left field and the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
“I was just trying to get a pitch to hit,” Machado said. “I was just trying to stay patient and get a pitch to drive. He gave me a fastball and I wanted to put a little hop into it.”
The Keys players gave Machado the silent treatment as he ran back into the dugout after the home run. The shortstop prospect figured there was a chance once he hit that home run that the silent treatment could occur.
“Once I touched third and looked into the dugout I was already coming back into the dugout expecting it.”
Keys manager Orlando Gomez was impressed with how Machado handled himself in his first game at the advanced Class-A level.
“I thought he handled it very well,” Gomez said. “He had a couple chances to get a ground ball and then hit the big home run. I thought he handled himself very nicely. I believe for an 18 year-old kid he has a good approach at the plate and a good approach fielding. He looks like he has been playing the game for such a long time.”
Any thought of butterflies for the young prospect are out the window now according to Gomez. He expects him to settle in pretty quickly and already feels he has passed that test.