Freshman Veliz Shines on First Day

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Veliz, who throws 96 miles per hour on the mound, showcased his ability at the plate going 3 for 4 with a home run during an intrasquad game in Miami’s first preseason practice on Friday afternoon.

“Over the break I changed my stance and started moving my hands back because they asked me,” Veliz said. “I saw the ball well. I saw the fastballs, the change-ups, and the curveballs, and saw them well and I just put good swings on them.”

Veliz’s home run came in his second at-bat off Ryan Guerra. Veliz, batting left-handed, smacked the first pitch over the right-center field wall.

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