Welcome back IronBirds fans! For the second week in a row we will be covering some news coming out of Florida. This is an exciting time as we get to see former IronBirds flourish in the Orioles system.
Mike Yastrzemski – One of last summer’s stars is looking to make a name for himself this Spring down in Sarasota. On Sunday, Yaz was able to travel with the Orioles to Ft. Myers for the exhibition game versus the Red Sox. Currently Yastrzemski’s grandfather, Carl Yastrzemski, is an instructor with the Red Sox. The younger Yaz was listed as one of the reserves for the game but was able to step up to the plate during the game. The elder Yastrzemski was not able to make it to Aberdeen, so Sunday marked the first time he was able to watch his grandson play as a professional.
Jonathan Schoop – Schoop joined the IronBirds this past summer on a rehab assignment. During his short time with the IronBirds, Schoop was able to even break some IronBirds records. Schoop is currently the 5th ranked Orioles prospect and highest ranked position player. Schoop will more than likely join the Orioles at some point at the season, the question just remains when. Currently he is trying to make a name for himself in Sarasota and earn that roster spot. Schoop hit two home runs in last week’s intrasquad games and after his first six at-bats in the Grapefruit League he already had four hits and three RBI’s.
Kevin Gausman – Gausman, an IronBird in 2012, pitched in his first Spring Training game on Monday. Gausman has been quite impressive consistently pitching in the 90s. He retired his first five batters with two strikeouts in two innings. He allowed one run in his debut. The Orioles current top prospect has a bright future ahead of him as he looks to earn a spot in this year’s rotation.
Make sure over the weekend to keep sending your IronBirds questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back on Monday to see if you question was answered in the latest addition of Mailbox Monday!
Until then…Go IronBirds!