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Orioles prospect Gunnar Henderson is first Triple-A Norfolk player to hit for the cycle in 22 years

With a drive into the right-center gap, Gunnar Henderson cruised into second base and secured himself a place in rarefied company. The 20-year-old Orioles prospect at Triple-A Norfolk hit for the cycle Tuesday — and he needed only four at-bats in six innings to do so.

The final knock came with the double, but Henderson’s historic night began with a single into right field. The infielder followed with a two-run triple in the third inning before his solo home run in the fourth set the stage for the double.

The last time a Norfolk Tides player hit for the cycle, Henderson hadn’t been born. Timo Pérez last accomplished the feat on June 9, 2000 — a little over a year before Henderson was born June 29, 2001. But on the verge of his 21st birthday, Henderson displayed his ability at the plate.

Henderson ranks as the No. 4 prospect in Baltimore’s farm system, according to Baseball America. The 2019 second-round draft pick was promoted to Triple-A earlier this month, and in 19 games at that level, he hasn’t missed a step. Henderson is hitting .329 with a 1.077 OPS through four at-bats Tuesday.

Henderson is the second player in the Orioles’ organization in the last two weeks to hit for the cycle, joining outfielder Austin Hays on June 22. Hays needed only six innings and four at-bats, too.

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