One of the most interesting story lines of the early MLB season (that doesn’t seem to be getting that much discussion) is the emergence of Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Dariel Abreu. The Cuban defector has lit up the opposing pitchers for a Major League leading nine home runs (tied with one Albert Pujols, who has been rightfully receiving a lot of publicity so far in 2014). Watch Abreu put his opposite-field power on display on Friday Night to provide fireworks (literally) for the home South-Side crowd with an epic walk-off grand slam for a 9-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays (via MLB.com).
The “Cuban Invasion”, including former 2012 rookie-of-the-year runner-up Yoenis Cespedes and 2013 rookie-of-the-year runner up Yasiel Puig have dazzled fans with their talents, the 27-year-old Abreu certainly seems to be the next in line having inked a six-year deal this offseason for nearly $70M. So far, he’s carried the Pale Hose to a 12-12 record and contention in the American League Central.
– David Whitlock