Esteban Quiroz is close to trying his luck in the Major Leagues but while the moment arrives he continues to show his talent in the Mexican Pacific League.
The player who was just signed by the Boston Red Sox and has an invitation to next year's spring training, celebrated his recent signing in the best way any baseball player can.
With the game tied in the eleventh inning between the Mazatlan Venados and the Navojoa Mayos and a man on first and second with one out, Quiroz entered as a pinch hitter and managed to connect a line drive in the gap to end the game.
Here is the video:
Quiroz is hitting for .308 in 38 games in the Mexican winter league and has batted over .285 the past three seasons, in a league that has hosted names like Adrian Gonzalez, Joakim Soria, Esteban Loaiza and fellow Red Sox pitcher Hector Velazquez.
The 5-foot-7 infielder has been compared several times to 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, and during the World Baseball Classic received praise from the Venezuelan superstar.
"You hit like a big person."
This after Quiroz hit two homers during the WBC first round in Guadalajara, Jalisco, the second a bomb against Altuve's Venezuela team.
According to Red Sox General Manager, Dave Dombrowski, Quiroz was signed as a depth piece with starting second basemen Dustin Pedroia sidelined recovering from knee surgery.
“Would consider him more depth at this time.”
- Dombrowski to Boston Herald
Quiroz will fight for an opportunity at the big league level against players like Marco Hernández, Brock Holt, Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin.