OK, which is more unlikely—staying up late to live blog the World Baseball Classic? Or seeing James Beresford get hits off Aroldis Chapman and Pedro Luis Lazo?
It’s close, but the latter is pretty amazing. It’s 4-2 Australia headed to the seventh inning, and while the Aussies beating Cuba wouldn’t be as big of an upset as the Netherlands beating the Dominican Republic twice, it’s a big deal.
When Luke Hughes and Justin Huber—both Futures Game alumni—get the big hits for Australia, OK, if you read BA, you know those guys. Beresford hasn’t quite make our Twins Top 30 Prospects yet, but he’s a guy you will want to get to know after what he has shown tonight.
Beresford is 20-year-old who hit .246/.345/.285 in the Rookie-level Appy League last year. He’s listed at 6-foot-1, 155 pounds, and he looked it Tuesday night (well, maybe 170). But he also looked poised and athletic with a pair of opposite field hits, first off Chapman, the hard-throwing southpaw who was pushing the upper 90s. The second hit broke a 2-2 sixth-inning tie, a bases-loaded, two-run single that gave the Aussies their 4-2 lead.
Twins officials love Beresford’s makeup; he comes from an athletic family and his brother and dad are much bigger, with a brother at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, so there’s future projection on the frame. The scouting report on him is plus fielder (he had one error Tuesday but wasn’t fazed, making a play later in the inning), plus runner, solid swing, future plus hitter, even future fringe-average power, despite his current light frame.
Beresford’s half the age of Pedro Luis Lazo (maybe not Lazo’s listed age), and he got the better of Cuba’s venerable international relief ace Tuesday night.
It’s getting to be what the WBC is about—breakouts by young talents like Netherlands pitcher Tim Stuiffbergen, whom the Twins signed after seeing him in the 2006 World Junior Championships in Cuba, when he showed bat-busting sink. Breakouts by guys like James Beresford.
It’s enough to make you live blog.
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