Orioles

Mountcastle blasts first career home run

Orioles

When Orioles fans were asking for the team to call up top hitting prospect Ryan Mountcastle earlier in the season, it was with bombs like this in mind.

We could sure get used to that, huh O's fans?

This is a 420-foot rocket, hit out onto the highway at the Blue Jays' temporary home in Buffalo, NY. Mountcastle had hit a few doubles in his first few games at the Major League level, but this was his first time truly showing off his prodigious power. This ball was crushed, with an exit velocity ofย 104.1 mph.

As is tradition - and thankfully, a socially distanced one - Mountcastle was given the silent treatment by his teammates upon his return to the dugout. Even so, he couldn't help but show off a big smile.

Of course, the team eventually mobbed him in celebration, but hopefully MLB looks the other way on the close contact.

That wasn't all for Mountcastle, who went yard again in the sixth for his second career homer. While his second bomb - a two-run shot - gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead, it only went a measly 410 feet. Clearly the kid was getting tired on his third hit of the afternoon.

A player without a true defensive home, Mountcastle will have to rely on his bat to make an impact in the big leagues. With a few more home runs like these, he'll be well on his way.

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