Baseball experts say home runs usually come in bunches for hitters.
Casey Gillaspie has certainly found that out early in his professional career.
The brother of White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie and Tampa Bay Rays' 2014 first-round selection has been on a tear lately in the minors, crushing six home runs over his last nine games. His homer Saturday night was his third in as many games.
The first baseman has now slugged 15 home runs this year in Single-A ball. He's got a comfortable lead in home runs in the Midwest League of Class-A, leading the next hitter by four. For family bragging rights, Casey has more home runs this year than Conor has had during any one season in the majors.
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"It's just kind of how baseball is. There's spurts where you hit home runs and spurts where you're not hitting anything, so I think it's just like anything else in baseball, just one of those things that happens," Gillaspie told MiLB.com. "I'm seeing the ball good, taking pitches that I should be taking and swinging at the ones that I should be swinging at."
Gillaspie, who was selected 20th overall in last year's draft out of Wichita State, is the fifth-ranked prospect in the Rays' organization, according to MLB.com.
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