By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.
Despite the small sample size, Norfolk Tides (Class-AAA) outfielder Mike Yastrzemski is putting up numbers that would indicate he is fully recovered from off-season surgery.
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Activated from the disabled list on May 2nd, Yastrzemski underwent extensive core and hip labrum surgery during this past off-season. He spent time in extended spring training in order to prepare for the 2017 campaign. The numbers indicate Yastrzemski is back and ready to produce.
Last night against the Louisville Bats (Reds), Yastrzemski went 3-4 with a RBI and two runs scored raising his average to .370. He also hit his 1st home run of the season in the game. In seven games this season, Yastrzemski is slashing .370/ .452/ .630. He is currently riding a six-game hitting streak and hit a walk-off two-run double in the bottom of the 12th inning against the Durham Bulls this past Sunday. He has amassed 17 total bases in his seven games.
In a December 2016 piece for Baby Birdland I wrote of Yastrzemski’s need for a rebound season in 2017. The 2017 numbers suggest he is on that rebound. Comparing his numbers for 2016: .234/ .325/ .391 with 13 homeruns and 59 RBI in 127 games it is easy to see that Yastrzemski is on his way back to the form that had him rated as high as #9 on the Orioles’ prospect list in 2014. At 26 years of age it is imperative he return to his previous productivity as his career window may be closing.
I see the positive numbers continuing for this gritty 5’ 11” outfielder out of Vanderbilt and do not feel it is out of the realm of possibility that he enter the outfield mix in Baltimore later in the season. He does have a bloodline of major league success after all.