The future of the Baltimore Orioles looks bright and now its even brighter after the debut of its prized prospect, Manny Machado, and his strong debut.
Third baseman Manny Machado went 2-4, scored a run, and hit a triple for his first career hit. Machado led off the fifth inning with a triple into the right-center field gap. He later scored on a Nick Markakis sacrifice fly.
Machado later recorded an infield single in the seventh off Kansas City Royals starter Will Smith. Smith went seven strong giving up only six hits, two to Machado, as the Royals rained on the young Machado's parade, winning 8-2.
Catcher Matt Wieters was impressed with Machado's debut saying, "He handled it well,"
Wieters continued, "He made some nice plays at third. His swing, he kept it calm. He stayed nice and relaxed like he had been all year. You can tell that he can handle it."
Machado, 20, was drafted third overall in the 2010 MLB Draft out of Brito High School in Miami, Florida after he hit .639 in his senior year. Machado had originally committed to play for Florida International University, but missed the deadline for class enrollment.