Reno Aces right fielder Zach Borenstein misplayed a flyball into a three-run homer on Tuesday night, and the Diamondbacks’ prospect did so in what had to be very painful fashion.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo hit a flyball to deep right field that bounced off Borenstein’s head and landed over the fence about 25 feet away for a three-run homer.
Verdugo is one of the top prospects in baseball — Baseball America’s No. 35 prospect — and probably doesn’t need help like this to produce in Triple-A, but he’ll certainly take it:
Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo hit a 385-foot homer at AAA tonight: 360 feet off the bat, 25 feet off Zach Borenstein's head. Holy Canseco. pic.twitter.com/2KzTtvcTpF
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 26, 2017
We’ve seen bounces off the head for home runs before, but that one off Borenstein’s head may be the most extreme one yet. Jose Canseco of course has the best-known “dome run” example:
The good news for Borenstein is that the Aces still went on to win the game, 9-7. But that’s not going to make his head feel any better. It’s also unlikely to make pitcher Silvino Bracho feel much better, as his ERA went from 3.33 to 4.18 thanks to the “home run”.