Having rededicated himself in the spring and having discovered some mystery secret sauce in his swing, Nelson Velazquez broke out from a barely-mentioned High-A Cubs outfield prospect to a suddenly-interesting Double-A hitter to a mashing slugger and Arizona Fall League MVP. He’s done as much as a player can do in a single year to raise his prospect stock.
And that still wasn’t enough for him.
The 22-year-old is now playing in the winter league in Puerto Rico, and Velazquez slid himself into the league’s home run derby today. Which, naturally, he won:
There were multiple players that joined the HR Derby💣⭐ at the last minute, one of them was Nelson Velázquez(Criollos).
The Cubs prospect won the whole event over Indios' Danny Ortíz.
— Edwin Hernández Jr. (@LBPRCinEnglish) December 12, 2021
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En su primera participación, el jardinero de @CriollosCaguas se conviritió en el campeón de la competencia de cuadrangulares en el #JuegoDeEstrellas2021 | 📷 LBPRC Media #LaInvernal #HomeRunDerby pic.twitter.com/s3YHUrmph6
— LBPRC ⚾️🇵🇷 (@LBPRC) December 12, 2021