Yankees prospect Thairo Estrada hits for cycle in AA Trenton's 9-6 win

History was made last night during the Trenton Thunder’s 9-6 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, as Yankees No. 18 prospect Thairo Estrada hit for the cycle. The cycle was the third in Trenton’s history, and first in their postseason history, and helped the Yankees’ AA affiliate tie the postseason series against Binghamton 1-1.

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Estrada began the cycle by lining an RBI single to center field in the first inning. He laced a lead off triple to center in the third inning, and then after a ground out in the fourth, drilled a lead off homer to left center in the sixth inning. He stepped up to the plate in the seventh inning with one on and two outs, knowing that he was just a double away from history, but instead was hit by a pitch from Mets No. 25 prospect P.J. Conlon. Luck was on Thairo’s side however, as the Thunder kept hitting and he was able to bat again in the ninth inning. With one on and two outs once again, he slapped a ground ball past the reach of first baseman Matt Oberste. Running at full speed out of the box, Estrada was able to reach second and complete the cycle. 

“My focus was to hit the ball in the gaps, hit the ball up the middle and so that’s what I was looking to do,” he said after the game. “I was happy to accomplish that.”

Estrada enjoyed a breakout season in 2017, hitting .301/.353/.392, with six homers, 19 doubles, four triples, eight stolen bases, and just 56 strikeouts in 495 at bats. I profiled him back in May as a potential breakout prospect, and he came through with a stellar season. It was his first full season at AA.

Article by: Alex Weir


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