Rondon has Monster Night

The Tampa Bay Rays signed Rondon to a $2.95 million bonus back in 2014 as a 16 year old. His first year he hit .166 in the Gulf Coast League as a 17 year old, failing to hit a homerun in 145 at bats and striking out 57 times in just 43 games. Patience pays off.

The next year he worked on his swing at extended spring training and it all seems to have paid off after the results from his second game in the Appalachian League. In the first inning he went deep for his first professional homerun, a two run shot to give his team an early lead. In the sixth he blasted a three run bomb to extend the Princeton lead over Burlington to 8-1. There was a 30 minute rain delay in the seventh, but when play resumed Princeton loaded the bases for Rondon in the eighth and he cleared them with a grand slam. That is 9 RBIs, a career high for the teenager and a number most do not reach in their professional career.

Princeton won the game 16-2.

Myworld just returned from our Pennsylvania minor league tour. In one of the games we witnessed Tyler Austin hit a solo homerun to account for the only run in a 1-0 Scranton Wilks-Barre win over Toledo. Two days later he did two better slugging three homeruns, a three run shot in the first and solo shots in the fourth and sixth to account for all the Railriders runs in an early 5-3 lead. Austin now has four homers in three days and his last six hits have gone for extra bases (two doubles prior to the homer barrage).

The Railriders tied the game but then in the ninth Donavan Solano, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez went back to back to back to give the Railriders an 8-5 win.

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