st.louis cardinals Minor leaguer Delvin Perez didn’t hit a homer in the sixth inning Thursday. That was news for Delvin Perez.
In Triple-A against the Gwinnett Stripers of the Atlanta Braves, Perez crushed the ball into left field, where he usually hits a home run, most nights. There was exit speed, airtime, and sound. When the wind knocked the ball over and landed in the glove of Striper left fielder Justin Henry Malloy, onlookers had reason to be amazed.
Unfortunately, that group did not include Perez. After staring at the ball for a few seconds on the replay, Perez concluded that he had gone for a yard, flipped his bat and started running down the bases with his head down.
He didn’t seem to realize he was out until after rounding third base, when the dugout gave him the bad news. Stopped in front.
It’s been a tough season overall for Perez, who made the top 100 prospect list in 2017 after being drafted, but has struggled on his trip to the big leagues since. 226/.319/.319 batting average and five home runs in 93 games between Memphis and Double-A Springfield.