MLB’s No. 70 overall prospect won his first-ever multihomer game and had a career-high five runs in his first performance on four hits since July 13 of last year. Rocchio added a double and a single to accompany the two long balls in Double-A Akron’s 13-9 loss in Erie.
Rocchio’s night got off to a flying start with a two-run homer on the first right pitch as the game’s second hitter against Erie right-hander Reese Olson (DET 15). After getting stranded on his next at-bat, the Guardians’ No. 4 prospect hit a single, double and three-run homer in his next three at-bats to complete his 4-for-5 performance. .
The 21-year-old’s second long ball was a three-pointer on the seventh pitch from the stick, another one presumably to right field. A switch hitter, five of Rocchio’s six home runs this season have come off right-handers on the left side of the plate.
The breakout performance has been an assurance that Rocchio’s season is on the up. On June 12, the infielder was batting .205 and had only three home runs in 48 games. Since then, he’s cut .333/.383/.643 with three long balls in his last four games and 10 RBIs in his last six. With the third four-hit game of his career, he had four multi-hit games in 10 games.
Last season, Rocchio started the year slowly before picking up the pace in the summer, and the pattern appears to be repeating itself in 2022. The Venezuelan had 14 hits in his last 42 at-bats to boost his batting average. season at . 234 and his OPS at .705 to go with 19 extra hits, 28 RBIs and 29 walks through 59 games.