Here’s one noteworthy pick from the third and final day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, was selected in the 14th round (429th overall) today by the Orioles.
Yastrzemski was actually drafted by the Red Sox out of high school back in 2009, but decided to attend Vanderbilt University instead. Standing at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, the 22-year-old outfielder hit .322/.419/.464 with three home runs in 64 games as a senior this year and was named to the SEC All-Tournament team. Like his grandfather, he bats from the left side.
For more background on Yastrzemski, check out this excellent piece from Tyler Kepner of the New York Times. Living in the shadow of a legend isn’t easy.
Almost exactly a year ago, Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. tore a bicep while diving for a ball in a spring training game. He’d play in only 72 games last year but he really wasn’t healthy for any of them, with the injury and aggravations to it costing him production and causing him pain.
When he started spring training this year he said he’d take it easier in games that didn’t count so he could be ready for the regular season. Sadly, he was once again injured on the eve of Opening Day, crumbling to the ground after injuring his knee while scoring on a double in an exhibition game against the White Sox (video here if you want to see it).
The injury looked bad — he was in obvious pain and could not put any weight on the leg while being helped off the field. He’s undergoing an MRI today and we’ll hear more soon, but it does not look good.
Assuming Souza is out for an extended period, Adam Jones will likely be the Dbacks’ everyday right fielder.