Continuing the trend, Welty is a guy who had a break-through season in 2009. He led low-A Delmarva in most offensive categories, including home runs (10), runs batted in (67) and batting average (.290). He finished second in runs scored (60), and first in doubles (24). And he was one of seven players on the Shorebirds squad to steal at least 10 bases (13).
Welty, often referred to as a Hunter Pence-type player, has gotten off to a wicked hot start to the season. He's only made appearances in three games, but he's made them all count, notching two multi-hit games, including his most recent, last night's three hit, two-home run, five RBI effort.
Interestingly enough, Welty hit his first two home runs of the 2009 season in the same game as well. On the season, Welty has six hits in only 11 at-bats and half of them have gone for extra bases. He already has six RBI and he's slugging a mean 1.182%.
Welty put a huge amount of effort in this past off-season, specifically into learning his strike-zone better and driving balls to the opposite field. If last night's game, in which Welty hit a home run to left-field, another to right-center, and knocked a double off the wall in right, is any indication, the 22-year old could be in for quite a dramatic rise up the system.