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Happy Father’s Day!
— Homer the Dragon (@CLTKnightsHomer) June 19, 2017
Teams at all levels of baseball celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday. Charlotte Knights mascot Homer the Dragon decided to join in on the fun by introducing White Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada to his dad.
Hold Your Phone, He’s Got A Cannon
— MLB (@MLB) June 19, 2017
Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi has done plenty of damage at the plate for Boston this year. On Sunday, he showed off he’s a complete player by throwing out a runner at home from left field.
He Did What?
Rockies’ Nolan Arenado finished the game in style. Already with a single, double and triple, Arenado hit a walk-off home run for the cycle to beat the Giants on Sunday. The last player to complete the cycle with a walk-off homer? Arenado’s teammate current teammate Carlos Gonzalez, who did it in 2010.
Down and Dirty
George Janca… WHAT A PLAY!! ⭐️
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 18, 2017
Texas A&M third baseman George Janca laid out for a ball against Florida and made a throw from his knees to get the out at first. While the Aggies lost the game (see more below), Janca made sure it wasn’t without an effort.
No Hat Needed
😱 SCOTT HURST 😱
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 17, 2017
Cal State Fullerton outfielder Scott Hurst lost his hat in the process of making a highlight catch after crashing into the wall during Fullerton’s game against Oregon State on Saturday.
Happenings at Baseball America
The College World Series began this weekend. Teddy Cahill wrote about Florida pitcher Alex Faedo’s dominant start on Sunday . . . Mississippi State commit Carter Stewart dominated at the Perfect Game National in Florida this weekend. . . . Josh Norris took a look at Orioles’ top prospect Chance Sisco and his swing changes in his latest edition of Analyze This.