The last name rings a bell in the New England area. The entire name could also soon be well-known throughout the baseball world.
Mike Yastrzemski is no stranger to spotlight. His grandfather, former Red Sox great and Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, roamed the Fenway Park outfield for years. Now, the younger Yaz is looking to do the same at a ballpark near you.
Mike is returning to Vanderbilt University for his sophomore season. Last year, he hit .260 with 3 homers and 18 RBI’s in 58 games as a true freshman for the Commodores. The lefty outfielder raised his game in the postseason, hitting a team best .545 with a home run, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored against Florida State in 3 games at the NCAA Super Regional. He also added a key 2-run homer against defending College World Series champ LSU in the SEC tournament. Needless to say, hitting runs in his family.
The Andover, MA native spent the summer a little closer to home, playing for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League. He held his own with the best of college baseball, hitting .235 with 2 homers and 17 RBI’s for the Kettleers. The numbers may not jump out, but it was good experience heading into this season.
For someone whose swing was at one time compared to the elder Yaz, this is a treat. I’m looking forward to seeing the next generation in action, possibly even at Fenway Park.
Written by C. James