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Video: Five year-old phenom takes BP and infield

Apr 13, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

Nothin’ creepy about this video. No siree:

My son is going to be five this summer. He has a plastic tee he likes to hit wiffle balls off of. 60% of the time he hits the tee instead and, quite frankly, enjoys it more. I’m not sayin’ that my son is going to be in the stands watching this guy one day instead of competing for a job at shortstop, but I’m not not sayin’ it either.

  1. Joe G - Apr 13, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    I dunno man…that 5 year old kid’s backswing is TERRIBLE.

  2. Eat a Peach - Apr 13, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    I love everything about this video, especially the beginning, “5 years old”, the music, literally everything.
    I’m stashing that kid away in a DMB league right now.

  3. Andrew - Apr 13, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    No batting helmet? I noticed that before his ability to hit.

  4. Joe - Apr 13, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    He’s got more range than Yuni and more bat speed than Kendall. The Royals could do a lot worse.

  5. ThatGuy - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    It doesn’t say whether or not he lives in America. If he is international im surprised he doesn’t have a contract on hand already…

  6. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Damnit, you beat me to it. I was going to say it’s sad that he can go to his left better than Jeter.
    @Andrew:
    I noticed that too. 85mph and the kid isn’t wearing a helmet, wtf.

  7. Drew Silva - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Notice Jessie Tejada is a “Baseball Blayer.” Quite the testimonial there.

  8. Old Gator - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Children are horrible.

  9. The Common Man - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    I want to think this kid’s got a bright future, but I dunno; what’s the bounceback potential for an 8 year old coming off of reconstructive shoulder surgery?

  10. t ball - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    I think he’s at least 6, I want to see his documentation.

  11. Evan - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Craig,
    .
    I’d interview the parenets to see if their shooting him up with HGH…

  12. Stuart - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Will Bryce Harper still be in the bigs ahen this kid makes his MLB debut?

  13. Jonny5 - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    I don’t know, he looks like a nose picker to me. Maybe even a booger eater.

  14. D-Luxxx - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    He’s training in NJ, so I’d guess he’s either from the US, or he’s living here now.

  15. Lee - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Why is this creepy? Elite athletes invariably are started at a very young age. Was it creepy that Tiger’s father pushed him to develop his golf talent as a boy? It’s not like dressing up little girls like tarts and parading them around.

  16. Jason @ IIATMS - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    The Yanks have booked every hotel room in Lyndhurst in anticipation of signing him. Jeter can play another 15 years until this kid is ready to live out his (and every kid’s) dream to wear pinstripes.

  17. Andy L - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    His swing is obviously very slow (not making fun, he’s just 5). I have to assume he swings at every pitch – he has to make the decision to swing pretty much right away to get the bat around in time. Mightn’t this lead to problems with taking a walk in the future?

  18. john McCormick - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    c’mon, nobody in there right mind would throw to a kid without a helmet on and let alone an 85 mph batting cage.

  19. skip7 - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    It’ll probably come out that the kid is actually 14 years old and just small for his age.mamma braided

  20. Ryan - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    You mean Bryce Harper, the 2nd overall pick of this years draft? Clearly, young Angel is going first.

  21. Jonny5 - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Speaking of hitting 85 mph, here’s some Pedro M. news….. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/philadelphia_phillies/index.html

  22. ThatGuy - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    I don’t think that is going to be a problem as he is hitting from a pitching machine, so the location of the ball doesn’t vary all that much. As he progresses and starts to take live pitches from people his age(or even older) he will likely develop his pitch recognition. Plus the kid is 5, im not sure I could hit 85 at 25 years old, pretty impressive.

  23. OsandRoyals - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Admittedly Andy the balls are probably being aimed and the kid just has the timing down, which comes with practice and some natural ability.
    At the same time I’m wondering when some mother is going to see this video and notice that there is no batting helmet and cause the baseball facility to be shut down for child endangerment

  24. Tom Shumaker - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    I didn’t see any 85 MPH fastballs in this video. It’s just people talking. The kid fields better than most 5 year olds – maybe he can be a defensive replacement. There’s no proof here that he’s capable of anything else.

  25. Charles Gates - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    This kid wouldn’t be half as good as he is now except for the fact that McGwire has returned as a hitting coach and the poor role modelism he, McGwire not Angel, brings from city to city as carry-on luggage.

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