Yaz's grandson among Boston's picks
Right fielder expected to join Vanderbilt on full scholarship
BOSTON -- For the third straight day, the Red Sox tapped into Major League bloodlines with a selection in the First-Year Player Draft. But this time, they plucked from the family tree of a Boston legend, arguably one of the greatest players the organization has seen.
The Red Sox took Michael Yastrzemski, the grandson of Hall of Fame left fielder Carl Yastrzemski, in the 36th round on Thursday. A 5-foot-11, 185-pound right fielder out of St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., the 18-year-old Yastrzemski has received a full scholarship to play at Vanderbilt University.
He is not expected to sign with the Sox.
"I just talked to [Michael]," Carl Yastrzemski said on Thursday. "He's excited. We're going to sit down and talk. He's going to have a decision to make."
Michael Yastrzemski joins 16th-round pick Luke Bard -- the brother of Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard -- and first-round selection Reymond Fuentes -- a cousin of Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran -- among Boston's 2009 Draft picks with family ties to professional baseball.
Inducted into the Hall in 1989, Carl Yastrzemski spent his entire 23-year career with the Red Sox. He was an 18-time All-Star, winning seven Gold Glove Awards and the 1967 American League Most Valuable Player Award.
"I am very thrilled about [Michael's selection] because of all of the people in the organization," the 69-year-old Yastrzemski said. "It's a first-class ownership. Everyone there is outstanding."
Red Sox -- Top five selections
|28||CF||Reymond Fuentes||Fernando Callejo HS|
|77||RHP||William Wilson||Texas A&M U|
|107||SS||David Renfroe||South Panola HS|
|138||CF||Jeremy Hazelbaker||Ball St U|
|168||LF||Seth Schwindenhammer||Limestone Community HS|
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John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.