By leading off his team’s game against the Houston Astros with a home run off Dallas Keuchel, Pittsburgh Pirates rookie outfielder Starling Marte became what is believed to be the 28th player in major league history to homer on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues.
Marte, a 23-year-old right-handed hitter from the Dominican Republic who is considered Pittsburgh’s top position prospect, took a high, 86-mph cutter and drove it over the left-center field fence.
Here’s the clip from MLB.com:
The most recent player to accomplish this feat before Marte was Washington Nationals pitcher Tom Milone last September.
Here is a complete list of the players who have homered on the first pitch they saw in the big leagues entering the 2012 season.