Minor Leaguer Called Up Due To Juan Soto Trade Homers In MLB Debut After Grinding For A Decade And Fans Loved It

Longtime Minor Leaguer Homers In MLB Debut Thanks To Juan Soto Trade

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You can usually count on the Major League Baseball trade deadline to produce a ton of drama and suspense, and that’s exactly what we got this year courtesy of some of the major names that swapped hands on Tuesday.

None of those transactions came close to topping the one that brought the Juan Soto sweepstakes to an end. After weeks of speculation, the Nationals sent the superstar outfielder who recently turned down a $440 million extension to the Padres along with Josh Bell in exchange for Luke Voit and five prospects (San Diego also attempted to sweeten the pot by throwing Eric Hosmer into the mix, but his decision to exercise his no-trade clause wasn’t enough to derail the deal).

The trade meant Washington had to reshuffle its roster ahead of its showdown with the Mets at home on Tuesday night. One of the voids created as a result was filled by Joey Meneses, a first baseman who first joined the Braves farm system in 2011 and played 894 games for an impressive array of minor league teams (and one club in Japan) before finally getting the chance to make his debut in The Show.

We were subsequently treated to one of the cooler baseball moments in recent memory when Meneses stepped up to the plate bottom of the seventh inning.

Yoan Lopez opened the at-bat with a 96 MPH fastball down the heat of the plate and Meneses took full advantage by recording his first MLB hit in the form of the solo home run that landed in the right field bleachers to give the Nats an insurance run in what would turn out to be the final tally in the  5-1 l win over New York.

It’s safe to say plenty of people were pretty amped for the journeyman rookie.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.