Monday, June 17, 2013
NY Yankees draft Rockwall outfielder in 11th round
Coleman will play for now in the Rookie League with Tampa's Gulf Coast Yankees.
ROCKWALL Rockwall High School outfielder Kendall Coleman was selected by the New York Yankees in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball Draft, conducted June 6-8.
He signed with the team last week in Tampa after undergoing a physical.
The 6’4″, 200 lb. left-hander was the 344th overall pick in the draft after hitting .408 this past season, with 13 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs and 36 RBIs. His slugging percentage was .667. He helped lead the Yellowjackets to the Class 5A Region II Finals series which they lost – 2 games to 1 – to the eventual State champions, The Woodlands.
Although he was committed to play at Iowa University, he will forego college baseball to follow his dream of signing and playing in the major leagues. He has been assigned to play for now in the Rookie League with the Gulf Coast Yankees (East) in Tampa.
“It’s a dream come true to get this opportunity to be in the Yankees organization,” he told TheRockwallNews.com. “All I can say is I am truly blessed. We had been in constant contact, so I can’t say I was surprised, but I’m glad they got me.”
“Rockwall, I am going to try my hardest to represent this great town. And you really can do anything you put your mind to do if you stay focused, work hard and follow God’s path. He has a plan for each of us so follow it! And, of course, Jacket Fight Never Dies!”
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