Christopher Morell

On May 17, Christopher Morel became the twelfth Dominican player to hit a home run in his first at-bat in the Major Leagues. Morel’s historic home run came in a game at Wrigley Field, against Pirates left-hander Chase de Jong, pinch-hitting in the eighth inning. Moments earlier, the rookie from Quito had told catcher Wilson Contreras that he would hit a home run if he was given a chance to hit in the game. Contreras had been precisely the last member of the Cubs to record the feat, when on July 19, 2006 he hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in the Major Leagues, also coincidentally against Pittsburgh. After that explosive debut, his performance has been so spectacular that manager David Ross has kept him in the regular lineup at different positions, most often as center fielder or second baseman, but also as shortstop and defensive back. anteroom. Here’s a sample of what he’s done: He became the first player since 1906 to have 11 hits, receive 6 walks, score 8 runs, hit two home runs and steal 3 bases in his first 10 games. In addition, he set a Cubs team record by reaching base in his first 14 games, a streak he extended to 22 games. That is the longest chain for a career start since the 24 challenges recorded by Rocco Baldelli in 2003. Not counting his work in yesterday’s game, Friday, Morel had seen action in 28 games, reaching base in 26 of them and had a batting average of .283, connecting 32 hits in 113 official shifts, including 7 doubles, 2 triples and 5 home runs. He had driven in 14 runs and scored 20, with 13 walks, 33 strikeouts, a .359 OBP, a .513 slugging percentage and an .872 OPS. If he maintained this production, he would be a candidate for the National League Rookie of the Year award. He has primarily been used as a leadoff hitter, a position he has taken over in his team’s lineup. Morel is the son of Rafael Disla Morel, a prominent basketball player from Santiago, and is the nephew of Guillermo García, a former bigleaguer and prolific homer with the Eagles in Dominican baseball. His brother Rafael plays in the minors with the Cubs.

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