While the major league team has a few days off, the Orioles have bumped some of their prospects closer towards the big leagues. On Wednesday afternoon, the O's announced that outfielder Mike Yastrzemski has been promoted to Double-A Bowie. Yastrzemski started the season off at Low-A Delmarva and will now be playing at his third level of the season.
This is an impressive leap within one season, although it is important to remember that the O's drafted Yastrzemski from Vanderbilt as a senior in the 14th round last year. That means that the 23-year-old, in prospect terms, has been old for every level at which he has played.
Still, even for a fringe guy, to break out and earn two promotions in a year is something to hang your hat on. Yastrzemski was clearly ready to move on from Delmarva, batting .306/.365/.554 over 63 games. That includes double digit doubles, triples, and home runs. Wait a minute, it's possible for a guy to hit ten triples?
In his 23 game stop at High-A Frederick, he batted .312/.364/.462, continuing to showcase speed. He is believed to be the only player in all of professional baseball with double digit doubles, triples, home runs, stolen bases, and outfield assists. A left-handed batting outfielder who has demonstrated some speed and arm strength and even a little power. What a concept. Yastrzemski is listed at 5'11" and 180 lbs.
It's still a long way from Bowie to the big leagues, and Yastrzemski will have to prove himself at this latest level in order to continue to move forward. The draft is littered with players whose professional baseball destiny will never take them higher than A-ball. That's even more true for senior signs, who, if they had much prospect hype left, would probably be drafted and signed as juniors.
Yastrzemski actually was drafted as a junior, in the 30th round in 2012, but he turned down $300,000 from the Mariners to finish his Vanderbilt career. Seattle's loss is Baltimore's gain for now. Should he continue to perform with the Baysox, his name will start popping up in conversations as a future contributor for the big league club.