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DII Baseball Star To Choose Between Senior Year and New York Yankees

Photo courtesy of Catawba Athletics

It has been a great year for Will Albertson. Last season he was named NCAA Division II player of the year following a stellar campaign, and he was just drafted by the New York Yankees in the 40th round of the most recent draft.

Now he must decide between staying at Catawba for his senior year or heading to the Yankees organization to begin his professional career.

“The ultimate goal since I was a little kid is to play pro ball,” Albertson told Greensboro.com. “But if not this year, then definitely as a senior signing next year. If I don’t sign, I’ll go back to college, and that’s not a problem with me at all. I love playing for coach (Jim) Gantt at Catawba. I’ll go back with some experience, get a chance to be a mentor to some younger players.”

Albertson hit .467 (.531 on-base percentage) with 26 home runs, 91 RBIs and only 21 strikeouts in 62 games with Catawba. Those numbers are a major reason why Catawba College made it to the NCAA Division II World Series and the Yankees scooped him up.

“There’s no offer yet from the Yankees,” Albertson says. “(Yankees scout and East Carolina baseball coach Billy Godwin) wants to come watch me play some this summer before they make an offer. He wants to see me catch. It’s still up in the air.”

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