Cincinnati — From the moment he walked into the Great American Ballpark on Friday, Reds infield rising star Spencer Steele wanted to soak up his major league debut. By the end of the night, Steer was thoroughly soaked by his teammates’ water coolers.
Debut doesn’t get any better than that. In Cincinnati’s 3-2 win over the Rockies, Steele hit a base in all four games, hit a homer for his first major league bat and finished in the ninth The bottom of the innings scored the winning goal.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen to the big leagues, it’s a lifelong dream,” Steele said. “You can’t really know what’s going to happen until you actually do it. Today, I have memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
The rookie ended the night with two walks 2-2. The last Reds player to score four times in his major league debut was Jay Bruce in 2008. Steele is the 11th player ever to hit four home runs in his debut, and the first Cincinnati player to do so.
Steele, the organization’s No. 7 prospect, was acquired on Aug. 2 in a trade that sent starting pitcher Taylor Mahler to the Twins. As one of 10 rookies the Reds acquired in a series of trades this summer, he was the first to make it to the majors and offer a glimmer of hope at the start of the rebuilding process.
In his first game against Colorado southpaw Kyle Freeland, Steele counted from 1-2 to a 10-pitch walk in the second inning.
“What an incredible debut. He put together an incredible plate appearance,” Freeland said.
Leading in the bottom of the fifth inning, Steele hit Freeland Field 2-1 at halftime, his first major league bat and home run, cheered by fans at Big America Ballpark with praise.
“Honestly, I didn’t feel anything. Looking back, I know I played well,” Steele said. “This is the moment when you’re in a coma. It’s something you dream about. To make it actually happen, I really don’t remember exactly.”
Injured Reds first baseman Joey Votto also hit a home run for his first MLB bat, and when Steele hit his home run, He’s doing some games in the TV booth.
“I have not met [Votto before Friday]”They celebrated 15 years in the majors and gave him a really cool gift.” I can say hi. He congratulated me on the call. “
When Steele touched home plate, he pointed to the seat where his family from Southern California jumped up and down excitedly.
“I could hear them,” Steele said. “They were extra loud tonight, which was amazing. You gotta show them some love because you did it for them. It’s special. Everyone who’s supported my life tonight is here. I gotta show them some love. .”
Steele led in the 9th with a double in the right field corner and got third base on a wild pitch. Jonathan India hit a chopper in the middle of the infield at second and third base and Colorado using five infielders and one outfielder.
When Steer scored, there was no throw to the plate. This is India’s first strike.
“Amazing debut,” India said of Steele’s night. “It’s really hard to do. I’m happy for him. He’s a good kid and he’s going to have a great career. I’m excited for him.”
Teammates TJ Friedel and Graham Ashcraft doused Steele with water from a drinking fountain during a post-game televised interview on the court.
“Even with the best players, you still have a lot to do on the first day,” said Reds manager David Bell. “Not only the first time in the big leagues, but the first time in the organization who hardly or very few people know here. It can act against you really fast.
“Then the game started and before I knew it it was over. I happened to walk into the field from the parking lot with him and from the beginning everything was calm and under control. He was giving his all. I think the refinement The approach carries over to the point where it’s slow enough that you can really see what kind of player he is.”