To say that former Auburn slugger Sonny DiChiara is comfortable as a professional baseball player would be an understatement.
Since beginning his assignment on July 30 with the Los Angeles Angels’ double-A affiliate, the Rocket City Trash Pandas, DiChiara has racked up six hits and four RBI in five total games.
On Friday, he got to mark another “first” off of his checklist, hitting his first professional home run.
In the first inning of Rocket City’s 4-1 win over the Tennessee Smokies, DiChiara crushed a two-home blast to left field to give the Trash Pandas the early 4-0 lead. His home run was the second two-run shot of the inning for Rocket City.
SONNY D GOES DEEP! ☀️
— Rocket City Trash Pandas (@trashpandas) August 5, 2022
DiChiara is quickly becoming a fan favorite among the Huntsville locals. He is currently batting .353 with a double, a home run, and four RBIs. So far into his assignment, DiChiara has split time between the designated hitter role in the lineup and his more familiar position, first base. In two games at first base, DiChiara is 21-for-21 in put-out opportunities.