If there is anybody that can fill in any potential outfield gap in the upcoming years for the Orioles, it could very well be Mike Yastrzemski.
The grandson of hall of fame first baseman, Carl Yastrzemski, Mike was originally selected in the 39th round of the 2009 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox. He had chosen not to sign with them and went on to play at Vanderbilt. In the 2012 amateur draft, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 30th round. Even being offered a sizable signing bonus ($300K), Mike had chosen not to sign with Seattle, and went back to Vanderbilt for his senior year. Finally, after his third time being selected, Yastrzemski had signed with the Baltimore Orioles, as their first round pick in the 2013 amateur draft.
In his rookie season with the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Mike slashed .273/.362/.420 with 13 doubles and 3 home runs. In 2014, Mike spent 63 games with the Delmarva Shorebirds, 23 games with the Frederick Keys, and 43 games Bowie Baysox.
During his stint with the Bowie Baysox, covering 204 games throughout 2014, 2015, and 2016, Mike had 48 doubles, with 15 homers, while batting .250.
Back on May 16, Yaz was called up to the Norfolk Tides, to take over the CF role, and in his last 10 games with the Tides, Mike has a slash line of .333/.419/.556 with 5 doubles and a home run.
If Yaz can keep this up, there’s no doubt we could see him in an Orioles uniform during the September call-ups. Looking long term, I can definitely see Yastrzemski taking over the CF role, once Adam Jones’ career has ended. As a matter of fact, if he can switch to LF, or even RF, we may wind up seeing him in an Orioles uniform sooner than you think.
Tell me Orioles fans, what’s your prediction on how soon we’ll see Mike Yastrzemski patrolling the outfield at Camden Yards? Tweet me at @b_pinter23.