Rays Minor-Leaguer Destroys Big-League Pitch

Minor-league catcher David Rodriguez is certainly not known for his hitting.  

The 21-year-old from Barcelona, Venezuela (who knew?) barely cracked the Mendoza line with the Rays single-A affiliate in Port Charlotte in 2017, hitting just .201 and not hitting a single home run.

However, the young backstop got his opportunity Monday down 2-0 in a Spring Training game against the New York Yankees against Adam Warren, who will be a part of the big league bullpen, and he didn't wait around at all.  The first pitch he saw, he decided to swing hard at, in case he made contact.

And boy, did he make contact.

That blast turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead for the Rays, who would go on to win the game 4-2 Monday night at Steinbrenner Field.  

It was his first at-bat in a major league Spring Training game this season, and just the second of his professional career, which began when he signed with the Rays as a 16-year-old in August of 2012.

"[It] probably made his spring," manager Kevin Cash said of Rodriguez after the game.  "I hope it did.  It might have been the highlight of our spring just to see him get up there, be ready to hit and get a big three-run homer."

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