Yankees fourth tryout shows talent

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – It was the fourth and almost final tryout for the New York Yankees Area Code Team, as the proverbial bus rolled into Pennsylvania. The Point Stadium was the spot for the workout. This was the smallest of the tryouts this summer for the Yankees Area Code Team, as 45 players converged on the small town.

If you had to define a strength of the tryout it would be the catching. There were six catchers who stood out and of those six, one stood out. Jonathan Mayer, out of Northern York (Dillsburg, Pa.) had a pop time of 1.95 He showed good receiving skills, good feet and a strong arm to second base.

On the mound Kaden Hepler out of West York Area (York, Pa.) is a projectable pitcher. He was consistently 88-89 with his fastball and his breaking ball came in at 75. The righty threw the ball well and kept it in the zone.

During the batting practice session there were a couple of bats that stood out. Maxwell McDonald out of Norwin (North Huntingdon, Pa.), is a 6-foot-2 C/OF. He showed a good approach at the plate and swung the bat well.

Jextin Pugh (RHP/1B) is out of Bishop Guilfolye (Duncansville, Pa.) hit some deep balls during batting practice. He may have hit the furthest ball of the day when he cleared the bleachers in right-center sitting 395 feet away. It was one of those that everyone watched as it cleared the fence.

Another hitter who had a good showing was John Sansone. He is a 5-foot-11 middle infielder out of Neshannock (New Castle, Pa.) had a good approach at the plate and looked the part. He had a nice swing and showed some bat speed.

The Yankees tryouts come to an end this week and now comes the difficult task of selecting the team. Last year, the Yankees had 24 players on their roster go in the 2010 MLB Draft. Tyler Beede out of Lawrence Academy (Mass.) went in the first round to the Blue Jays.

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