The Gulf Coast League got underway just a couple of short weeks ago and there are already some players taken in this year's draft that are making an impact in their professional debut seasons. Third baseman Willy Yahn is one of those players, and he is off to an impressive start.
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Yahn, 21, was selected by the Orioles in the 25th round of this year's draft out of the University of Connecticut.
Obviously, most players drafted in the latter stages of the draft do not get a lot of notice and recognition outside of their inner circles, but Yahn's start deserves recognition.
Over 10 games thus far with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, Yahn is hitting .314 with two doubles, five RBI and four runs scored.
In addition, Yahn also boasts a robust .429 on base percentage, which ranks him among the league leaders in the Gulf Coast League.
What has impressed me thus far is the fact that Yahn has struck out just once the entire season. I don't care what level you are playing, one strikeout in 10 games is a pretty impressive thing, especially in regards to professional baseball.
Another thing I can appreciate, is how well he has performed with runners in scoring position. Over 13 at bats with runners in scoring position, Yahn is hitting .385.
It's obviously very early in the season and Yahn's career, but it's nice to see him get off to such a good start.