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Rays minor-leaguer Chris Betts gets Sports Center moment on Twitter

The Bowling Green catcher crushed 24 home runs to win the 2019 Midwest League Home Run Derby.
In this file photo, Chris Betts (26) of the Bowling Green Hot Rods watches the action from the dugout during the game against the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field on June 9, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio. The Hot Rods defeated the Dragons 1-0. (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images via AP)
Published Jun. 18

Rays minor-leaguer Chris Betts just couldn’t contain his excitement in this year’s Midwest League Home Run Derby.

As a pitch left the mound Monday night, Betts’ swing sent the ball flying over the fence toward right field. It hadn’t even left the park before Betts, who plays for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, chucked his bat down the first base line.

The catcher beat Alek Thomas head-to-head in derby, celebrating his eighth homer on the play.

With the win, Betts received $1,000 in cash and a championship plaque to celebrate the 24 home runs on the evening.

Betts, 22, was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2015, going in the second round out of Woodrow Wilson High School Long Beach, Calif.

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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