MLB Player Prospect and Scouting News: Alex Rodriquez's Nephew Joe Dunand Hits 9 Homers in 12 at Bats
Joe Dunand isn't an MLB player yet, but the Miami Gulliver Prep senior superstar did do something that's never been done before. He belted eight straight home runs and nine overall for his team while playing in the Horizon National (five-game) Tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona. The previous prep record was six home runs in a row.
The kid's performance may have very well been aided by the elite company he keeps. After all, Dunand's uncle is one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history, the currently suspended Yankees superstar Alex Rodriquez. But steroids notwithstanding, it's important to note another difference between the two. Dunand for one doesn't choke. Gulliver also went 4-1 in the tourney.
It may very well be the understatement of the decade to say that Dunand's outrageous hitting outburst surprised everyone, but perhaps none more so than his coach Javier Rodriguez, a former minor league ballplayer.
"It's the most unbelievable thing," Rodriguez said. "I've never seen anything like that. It looked like a video game at one point. It didn't matter what they were trying to throw him, everything was gone..."
While this hitting clinic took place in an elite high school competition and not in the MLB, people may not think too much of it. But some records in baseball are never meant to be broken. Take Cy Young's win total (511) or Pete Rose's lifetime hits record (4,256) or Joltin' Joe Dimaggio's 56 game hit streak.
Really the list goes on and on, but nevertheless every record is special, Dunand's included. And it ought to be part of baseball lore irregardless of the level of competition it was achieved in.
Rodriquez was quick to point out that Dunand will likely never be in the zone as much as he was doing the tourney.
"I hope he continues what he was doing out here, but nothing is going to top this. Not even if he is a major-league 15-year All-Star, he won't be able to top this."
But enough about the coach's laudatory praise... what did Dunand himself think of his "video game" like performance. The Miami Herald caught up to the budding superstar and found out.
"I was surprised, but I wasn't complaining," Dunand remarked. "I was just letting it happen. I was seeing the ball very well. I just hit it and it kept going every time."
Maybe the Yanks can draft this kid and begin to truly move on from the stink his uncle unfortunately has caused during his nine years in the Big Apple.
After hearing about Dunand's exploits, are you wondering if he'll be the first player chosen in the MLB amateur draft? That is, if he forgoes college. Let us know in the comments section.