There are a few scenes that will undoubtedly go down as the most iconic in sports movie history — Rocky running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hoosiers coach Norman Dale measuring the gym, and Roy Hobbs hitting his final home run into the lights in “The Natural.”
On Monday, Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez did his best Hobbs impression and crushed a baseball into the stadium lights while competing in the Carolina League Home Run Derby. The 20-year-old is the top prospect in the Cubs system and with the power he showed off in this swing, it’s pretty easy to see why. While his homer doesn’t cause every bulb in the stadium to burst, there is a satisfying shatter of light you can see the moment the ball makes impact.
You can see for yourself in the video below — keep your eye on the light in left field.
Jimenez wasn’t the only young standout to make an impression with his power during the event. Cleveland prospect Sicnarf Loopstok (great name!) hit 30 homers in the first two rounds of the competition. The best moment of his night came during his first chance up at the plate, when he was hitting homers so quickly that for a moment he had two balls in the air at once, both landing well over the fence.
See it happen in real time on the first two pitches in the video below.
Despite their impressive showings, neither Jimenez nor Loopstok would go on to win the Derby — that honour would go to Brewers prospect Jake Gatewood. But with power like this, it’s safe to say that both Cubs and Cleveland fans have something to look forward to in their club’s near future.
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