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The New Generation of Yastrzemski

photo by Joe Camporeale - USA Today

Mike Yastrzemski, right fielder and grandson of former MLB Red Sox left fielder and Hall of Famer, Carl Yastrzemski, who is an 18-time All-Star as well as having earned a Triple Crown (1967). Mike Yastrzemski is currently an outfielder for the San Francisco Giants since May 25th, 2019.

He began his career while at St. John’s preparatory school in Danvers, MA. It was there that he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 36th round of the 2009 MLB June amateur draft in which he didn’t sign. Instead he enrolled and played for the Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team, where he was also at university. Yastrzemski was then selected again but this time by the Seattle Mariners in the 30th round of the 2012 June MLB amateur draft. Ultimately, he signed with the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th round in the 2013 MLB June amateur drafts from Vanderbilt university after a great run at Vanderbilt.

Once signed, his professional career started with Class A Aberdeen Ironbirds. While there, he played right field with a batting average of .273, 3 homeruns and a 25 RBI. He was soon promoted twice moving up steadily up the minor league ladder from the Class-A Frederick of the Carolina league to Class-AA Bowie of the Eastern League where he batted .312 in 93 at-bats. in [date] he was promoted again to the Bowie Baysox of the Class-AA Eastern League.

In 2015 while with Bowie he batted .246 with 6 homeruns and 59 RBIs. During 2016, Yastrzemski was with Bowie and the Norfolk Tides of the Class-AAA International League. In 2019, the Orioles invited Yastrzemski to spring training as an NRI (non-roster invite). March 22, 2019 saw Yastrzemski being traded by the Orioles to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Tyler Herb (Team info) From there, he started playing with the Sacramento River Cats of the AA Pacific Coast League. However, on May 25th of 2019, the Giants promoted him to the major leagues in which he also happened to play his debut game.

He got his first career hit on his second game, going 3 for 4 with a run scored. Giants lost the game 6-2 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. May 31, 2019 saw Yastrzemski hitting his first career home run in a Giants 9-6 loss against his former team, Orioles.

“Deep down, I always wanted to come here and hit one,” Yastrzemski said. “Always. Now it’s a reality, and that’s pretty special.” ( August 16, 2019 he hit three home runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, one of which was the game-winning homerun (with finishing score of 10-9) in the top of the 11th inning. Most recently on September 17, 2019 he hit a solo home run in his first game at Fenway Park. This game was particularly noteworthy since it was where his grandfather had played his 23-year MLB career. So far, his MLB career is looking to be great.