SEATTLE -- With 40 rounds, there are bound to be a plethora of names even the most avid baseball fans don't recognize in the First-Year Player Draft. But one name should stand out to Mariners fans: Yastrzemski.
The Mariners selected Michael Yastrzemski, grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, in the 30th round with the 911th overall pick. He is also the son of Mike Yastrzemski, who was drafted by the Braves in the third round in 1984 and eventually played for the White Sox Triple-A affiliate.
"Obviously he's got good bloodlines and we thought with the ability he showed us this year, he deserved to be drafted, and we'll see what happens," said Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara. "He's a left-hand hitter like his grandfather, but he's a good player. He's not Carl Yastrzemski's grandson, he's Mike Yastrzemski, if you guys know what I mean. He's carved out his own niche in baseball, which is pretty unique."
Yastrzemski hit .286 as a junior at Vanderbilt this season. He also had six home runs, 41 RBIs and stole 14 bases in 19 attempts for the Commodores.
The outfielder was also selected in the 36th round by the Red Sox in 2009. Yastrzemski was chosen to the 2011 All-SEC Academic team in 2011, as well as a First-Team Salem News All-Star selection while in high school at St. John's Prep in Mass.
"Mike is a player, and you guys are probably tired of hearing this line, but Mike's a player we've seen since high school," McNamara said. "He's gotten better each year."