Quero backs Top 100 ranking with two HRs
Jeferson Quero moved into MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, and wasted no time showing why Sunday. The day after sliding into the No. 100 spot, Quero swatted two home runs in Double-A Biloxi's 9-7 win over Chattanooga. And that wasn't even the most productive outing of the
The day after sliding into the No. 100 spot, Quero swatted two home runs in Double-A Biloxi's 9-7 win over Chattanooga. And that wasn't even the most productive outing of the week for the No. 3 Brewers prospect -- he posted a three-homer game Tuesday against the Lookouts.
“I’m really happy about the results,” Quero said through Milwaukee's No. 10 prospect Carlos F. Rodriguez, who served as his translator. “Because now, the hard work is showing. Now I’m just happy to be on the field and to be able to do my job.”
His first long ball Sunday -- his seventh of the season -- came off of Reds righty Carson Spiers in the top of the fifth inning. Quero lofted a solo shot to left-center and out of AT&T Field, giving the Shuckers a 3-2 lead.
And it didn’t take long for the follow-up. In his next at-bat in the sixth, the 20-year-old emerged victorious in a nine-pitch at-bat off righty Spencer Stockton, parking a three-run homer to left-center and padding Biloxi's lead to 7-2.
“I stayed fighting, and then on that last pitch – I was sitting on that pitch,” Quero said. “I kept fouling off, and then when I got my pitch, I was able to drive it out.”
Five of the Shuckers' nine runs were driven in by Quero, who plated his fifth on an infield groundout that gave Biloxi a lead it did not relinquish in the 10th. The five RBIs matched the career high the Venezuela native set earlier in the week while hitting for the home run trifecta.
“I’ve just got to keep with the same plan,” Quero said. “Keep putting good swings on good pitches and getting in good counts.”
Now sporting a .286/.324/.561 slash line, the 5-foot-11 backstop has 19 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 26 games this season.
“He’s been working hard and being smart at the plate, being able to recognize pitches,” Rodriguez said. “And seeing what he did this week, it tells you what he could do in the future in the big leagues.”
Evan Desai is a contributor for MiLB.com.