Yas­trzem­ski feels like he be­longs

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Jon Me­oli

SARA­SOTA, FLA. – Buck Brit­ton was a do-it-all in­fielder for Dou­ble-A Bowie in 2014 when a comet of a young out­fielder with a name no one could ig­nore ar­rived in the midst of a break­out sea­son: Mike Yas­trzem­ski.

He’d gone from Low-A to start that year to a sta­tion on the cusp of the big leagues, with an on-field en­ergy and off-field air that helped him max­i­mize his abil­i­ties and draw ad­mir­ers at ev­ery stop.

As much work as it took for Yas­trzem­ski to ar­rive, it took that much more to get to where he is now — his first ma­jor league camp, the val­i­da­tion and op­por­tu­nity that comes with it, and the well-earned rev­er­ence of those who have watched him push to break through as the Ori­oles cy­cled 31 dif­fer­ent play­ers through the ma­jor league out­field, and none with an iconic last name.

“For it to be, I don’t even know how many years now — five years, six years now — and he’s at his first camp?” said Brit­ton, now the man­ager of the Ori­oles’ Dou­ble-A Bowie af­fil­i­ate. “It’s shock­ing to me, but that’s crazy how this game plays out for you, you know? Whether de­serv­ing or not,

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Mike Yas­trzem­ski, the grand­son of Hall of Famer Carl Yas­trzem­ski, was drafted in the 14th round of the 2013 draft by the Ori­oles.

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