The Yankees start a three-game series with the Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday night.
On Monday, they split a doubleheader with the Tigers in Detroit.
Late Monday night, top Yankees scout Damon Oppenheimer explained his affinity for Seigler.
In the days before anthem protests, players on the sidelines, flush with adrenaline, might rock back and forth or clutch their collars. Fans might hold their beer or nachos. Some folks fold their hands, as in prayer, and others cross them behind their backs. There are no patriotism police ordering exact posture and gestures, because this is America.
Many NFL players locked arms last season to represent unity. It has become a commonplace, accepted practice. Even the football players at my son’s suburban high school locked arms during the anthem. No veterans or vice presidents stormed out of the bleachers over such a humble expression of unity and solidarity.
It just comes back to how he was raised by his mom and dad. He gives all his teammates respect, and his catcher. He’s handled interview after interview, and pro team after pro team. It’s just been amazing. He’s held it together so well.
Mize might be the best pitching prospect to come out of the SEC since David Price was carving up hitters at Vanderbilt 11 years ago. Mike Minor, Drew Pomeranz, Kevin Gausman, Aaron Nola, Carson Fulmer, A.J. Puk and Kyle Wright have all been selected in the top 10 in recent years and Vanderbilt product Walker Buehler is quickly making a name for himself as a former No. 24 overall pick but Mize is on the verge of becoming the first SEC pitcher to top the charts since Tampa Bay chose Price No. 1 in 2007.
It has been a swift ascent to prominence for Mize, who went undrafted out of his high school in Springville, Alabama (population: 4,080). A severe high ankle sprain during Mize’s senior year put a crimp in his draft stock. But amateur talent evaluators also thought that he could benefit from elite college competition and time for his body to get stronger.