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Sixth round pick Willie Abreu is off to a hot start for Boise Hawks

Steve Granado

From a Hurricane to a Hawk, Willie Abreu’s not even a full week into his professional career and is proving why the Colorado Rockies made a wise decision in drafting him.

A sixth round pick from the University of Miami, Abreu started his season a little later than the other guys (I suppose competing in the College World Series is a good enough reason). It took him one game before he got into the rhythm of things, and he does not appear ready to slow down. His debut for the Hawks resulted in going 0-for-4, but but he quickly turned it on, as his first at bat in his second game was a homer over right field fence. He ended up receiving Northwest League Player of the Night as he went 3-for-5, with two runs, two RBI, and his first professional home run.

In just six games, Abreu’s gone 8-for-24 with a triple and two homers and is sitting pretty at a .333 batting average. He is currently carrying a four-game RBI streak and is now leading the team with the highest slugging percentage, at .667. The kid has got some serious power behind that swing; you can just hear the difference when his bat collides with the ball. He has yet to be able to showcase his skills out in right field, but when he does, his cannon of an arm will be on display.

That will come. As of now, the offense is enough. Not a bad start to your professional career, Willie Abreu. Not bad.