Mike Yastrzemski, an outfielder in the Baltimore Orioles farm system, gets immediate recognition every place he plays because his grandfather was legendary Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski. However, Mike says he doesn’t feel the added pressure brought on him by fans, as he makes his way through the minors.
Mike was drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in the 2009 MLB Draft, but chose to attend Vanderbilt University instead. He was drafted again in 2012, but chose to return to Vandy for his senior year. Then in the 2013 MLB Draft, he was selected in the 14th round by the Baltimore Orioles.
His father, Mike Yastrzemski, played three seasons at the Triple-A level in the Chicago White Sox organization in 1986-1988, but never advanced to the majors.
Grandfather Carl was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989 after 23 major-league seasons in which he won the Triple Crown in 1967 and made 18 all-star appearances.
For more information about Mike Yastrzemski’s family relationships, follow the link below from the Hartford Courant: