VIDEO: Braves Prospect Continues Season-Long Slugfest With 450-Foot Blast

Tyler Maher
Braves prospect Drew Lugbauer's latest highlight was a 450-foot home run
Braves prospect Drew Lugbauer's latest highlight was a 450-foot home run / ASSOCIATED PRESS

After winning the World Series last year, the Atlanta Braves have built another championship-caliber team this season around young talent like Ronald Acuña Jr., Vaughn Grissom and Spencer Strider.

With the way first-base prospect Drew Lugbauer has been playing in Double-A lately, it seems the Braves may have another rising star on their hands.

Lugbauer continued his stellar campaign for the Mississippi Braves with a 452-foot moonshot during the second game of a doubleheader against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Sunday. The big fly was his 24th of the season, tying Alexander Canario of the Tennessee Smokies for the the most home runs in the Southern League.

While he was not considered one of Atlanta's top prospects at the beginning of the year, the 25-year-old slugger has turned heads with his eye-popping power numbers this season. His 66 RBIs are tied for fourth in the Southern League -- just two behind league leader Jose Rodriguez -- and his 23 doubles rank eighth.

Given his recent success, Lugbauer may earn a cup of coffee with the Braves at the MLB level when rosters expand in September. Atlanta is four games behind the New York Mets in the NL East and is currently +650 on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds to win the division, so the Braves need all the help they can get for the stretch drive.

At the very least, Lugbauer will likely begin next year in Triple-A as he continues to move up through the minors. His path to immediate playing time in Atlanta might be blocked by star first baseman Matt Olson, who is in the first season of an eight-year, $168 million contract. Lugbauer looks like a good fit at designated hitter, however, where his power could earn him a regular lineup spot, possibly as soon as 2023.

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