All eyes have been on Baltimore Orioles rookie Manny Machado since his call up late Wednesday night. The 20-year-old has given those eyes a lot to look at in just two short days.
In those two games played he has not only met, but exceeded the high expectations set upon his shoulders.
In his major league debut on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals, Machado flashed his skills by tripling to opposite field for his first career hit. He later added a single to go two for four on the night with a run scored.
As impressive of a start as that was, he saved the best (so far) for Friday night's rematch with KC.
After grounding out to short in his first plate appearance, Machado dug in once again in the bottom of the fifth. With no runners on, the rookie decided to play it safe and clear the bases anyways, hitting his first career home run, on a 3-2 pitch, to left field.
Machado stepped in the box once again the following inning, this time with two runners on base. On yet, another two-strike count, Machado hooked another one down the left field line for his second long ball in as many at bats. This one putting the O's up 7-1.
The craziest part of it all was that one lucky fan ended up reeling in both of Machado's shots. The fan traded in the first ball for a few autographed baseballs and a signed bat.
With his two-HR game, Manny Machado became the youngest Oriole ever to have a multi-homer game, and the youngest in the MLB to do so since none other than phenom Mike Trout just one year ago, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Trying to continue the his outstanding performance, Machado flew out to center in his final at-bat of the night. The out put him at two-for-four for the second consecutive night,
This young man has gained a lot of comparisons to Alex Rodriguez in his early goings. With identical frames, hometowns, and even jersey numbers, that's hard to argue against. His current stats don't hurt either.
Machado's career is just beginning, but with a .500 average, 2 HR and 4 RBI after just two games, it's hard to deny that the future looks very bright for him.
*Stats are from ESPN.com.
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