Cubs prospect Ha homers in Futures Game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (MCT) — Everything was not as it seemed for Jae-Hoon Ha at Sunday’s Futures Game. But the Cubs’ Double-A outfielder wasn’t complaining, especially not about his two-run home run off Gerrit Cole, a highly regarded right-hander from the Pirates.
“That was really exciting,’’ Ha said. “I thought it might be an extra-base hit, a double or something, hit the wall … (When it went over the fence) I was really excited.’’
The right-handed-hitting Ha, who has only three homers in 317 at-bats for Double-A Tennessee, hit a high, 95-mph fastball from Cole to right-center field. Wil Myers retreated and retreated, then watched as the ball just cleared the wall.
Ha, who entered the season ranked as the Cubs 18th best prospect by Baseball America, has been disappointed with his slow start to the season. He’s batting .259 after hitting .283 in 61 games for Tennessee in the second half of 2011.
“I don’t know when I’m going up to Triple-A,’’ said the 21-year-old Ha, who also had a single off the Orioles’ Dylan Bundy in the World team’s 17-5 loss at Kauffman Stadium. “Maybe soon. I want to go to Iowa. If I play hard, I have a chance.’’
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