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