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Cubs top prospect Velasquez hits first home run against Brewers

Rising prospect Nelson Velázquez registered his first career MLB home run in the Chicago Cubs 5-2 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday at American Family Field.

The 23-year-old Puerto Rican made his MLB debut last May but has not hit a home run in the big leagues yet despite his stellar power numbers throughout his minor league career.

Velázquez recorded 20 home runs between Double-A Tennessee and Single-A South Bend last season while adding another nine homers in 26 AFL games.

In the third inning against the Brewers, Velázquez displayed that raw power with a 418-foot drive to left field which generated at 108.3 mph exit velocity and gave the Cubs an early 1-0 lead.

However, the Cubs were unable to put the defensive screws against the Brewers as catcher Victor Caratini hit a walk-off three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning to lead Milwaukee to the win.

John Carlo A. Villaruel is an international sports journalist. His work has been published in Fox, Cebu Daily News, VAVEL, and several other publications across North America, Europe, and Asia. John is a huge fan of MLB and basketball and has been writing sports content for the past five years.

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