His playing days have long passed, but now his grandson, Mike, carries his legacy and is doing so in a big way in the Orioles’ farm system.
Baltimore drafted Mike Yastrzemski in the 13th round as an outfielder out of Vanderbilt.
He started off his career in short-season Single-A Aberdeen and finished the season with a .273 average, three homeruns and 25 RBI.
The Vanderbilt product was quickly promoted to Single-A Frederick, where he continued his success and batted .312.
Yastrzemski’s hot hitting prompted the O’s to promote him once more to Double-A Bowie during the All-Star break.
He’s only played two games in Bowie, but is already has five hits in just nine at-bats.
The talk was always centered on Christian Walker and Dariel Alvarez as the top hitting O’s prospects, but Yastrzemski has entered the mix and has been on fire.
Yastrzemski has been tearing the cover off of the ball, but likely won’t be promoted to the big leagues this early in his career.
The O’s may have been a found a future starter in Yastrzemski, as he looks to play like his grandfather. He’s already managed to climb his way into our prospect watch.