Morel pinch-hit for third baseman Patrick Wisdom in the eighth inning and in his first at-bat he hit a solo home run to go up 7-0.
에 따르면 MLB.com, Morel told Willson Contreras he would hit his first-career home run in his first at-bat like the catcher did during his debut six years ago.
Morel went down 0-2 in the count before he hit the dinger.
“I concentrated. 그리고 나는 말했다, ‘I can do it. I can do it. I’ve done it before, so I can do it right now.’ That’s what I was thinking,” Morel said.
Contreras jumped over the dugout railing and started to celebrate.
“I’ve known this guy for a really long time, and he makes me proud,” Contreras said after the game. “It was amazing. 그는 나에게 말했다 [he would homer], and I felt like he was going to get something done. But I was thinking of a base hit. Just a base hit. Just blooper. Just something positive. And once I saw the ball going out, 나는 같았다, that was a no-doubt. That kid has some pop in his bat.”
Morel was called up to the big leagues on Monday. He was in the top 25 on the Cubs’ prospects list, 에 따르면 MLB Pipeline.
He was hitting .306 와 함께 .945 OPS and seven home runs at Double-A Tennessee before joining the Cubs.