Yanks sign 13th round pick Mack

Musings on the Subway Series attendance
Profiling Pat Venditte

Word came down this morning that Yanks 13th round pick DeAngelo Mack has opted to skip his senior year in order to sign with the team. He’s headed down to Tampa to work out, presumably until the Staten Island season starts. Mack led the SEC in hits for the 2009 season, and is particularly famous for this monster, monster home run:

Good night nurse! (Seriously, when was the last time you heard someone say that?)

Musings on the Subway Series attendance
Profiling Pat Venditte
  • Jordan

    That poor, poor baseball…

  • Carl

    wow he crushed that

  • John

    That swing would be perfect in Yankee Stadium.

  • scott

    Looks like Fred McGriff

  • RAB poster


  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Return of the Mack….

    (too easy)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Nope, not sexy enough. Try this, it would be the best walkup music in MLB history:


      Girl, it’s all on you/
      Have it your way/
      And if you want, you can deciiiiiide/
      And if, you’ll have me/
      I can provide/
      Everything that you desiiiiiiire/

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Maybe we can get D’Angelo to cover “Return of the Mack” real slow like “How Does it Feel”.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          We can put it on the soundtrack of “Black and White”.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I like it.

            Let’s get Mack Trucks on the line and get some product placement dollars.

  • Frank

    Christ, I can already hear Sterling…”MACK THE KNIFE!”

    • http://161stStreet.wordpress.com Chris

      Please stop.

      • http://161stStreet.wordpress.com Chris

        Just kidding.

  • Brandon HA !

    aluminum bat, holds off until he shows he can do that w/ wood.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      FWIW, Mack played in the Cape Cod League in 2008 and hit .273 with 11 XBH in 154 at bats (nine doubles, a triple, and a homer).

      11 XBH in 154 AB’s in the premier amateur wooden bat summer league, that’s not too shabby.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        .162 IsoP

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Mack sets Cape ablaze; Gantt out
        July 14, 2008

        Yes, DeAngelo Mack did spend part of his day off Monday on the internet, watching the sod installation at USC’s new baseball stadium.

        The rest of the Cape Cod League probably spent their free time brainstorming ways to get the junior-to-be off the basepaths.

        The famed wood bat league has been good to Mack. Currently, he’s batting .309 with a .374 on-base percentage in 25 games for Yarmouth-Dennis.

        “I knew it would be pretty competitive,” Mack said. “Everyone we face is good here.”

        As the numbers infer, Mack has made a successful transition away from aluminum. To date, he has chipped one bat and shattered another, but in the process, he has learned to close a hole in his swing.

        “Before I came up here, I was striking out too much and I’ve been trying to improve on that,” Mack said. “I’m trying not to have such a big swing, to trust my hands and put it in play.”

        So far, so good …

        In 106 at-bats at USC, Mack struck out 27 times.

        So far in 97 at-bats on the Cape, he has 16.

        Someone is following along at home:

        “I check the Web site almost every day,” USC coach Ray Tanner said. “DeAngelo is a guy who had to work hard to get in a position to play and really came into his own during the second half of the season. I know he’s continuing to get better.”

        Mack actually had his batting average above .360 earlier this month before coming down with a case of the “at ‘ems.”

        “I’ve been hitting balls at people lately,” he said. “It’s still going pretty good, though.”

        As for his down time, Mack said he has acclimated well to a culture that is, well … different? … for a South Carolinian.

        “They don’t have air conditioning up here,” Mack said with a laugh. “It’s not too bad, though. The weather’s great. It’s 75 degrees every day and there’s pretty good beaches and good seafood.”

        One thing that is not as advertised: There are no Jessica Biels.

        The Cape Cod League received the big-screen treatment a few years back with the movie, “Summer Catch.”

        Let’s just say it was not a good movie. In fact, let us speak no more about it other than to say Jessica Biel was in it and she was, as always, lovely … when she wasn’t forced to recite dialogue.

        “Actually, we talk about that movie all the time here,” Mack said. “We cut jokes about it every day.


  • MattG

    It would appear that the Yankees have tried to identify players that are still improving. This has always been a problem with evaluating all athletes (but more so in baseball, where players are still many years away): players peak at different times. Just because a player is “young for a league” does not mean he will continue to improve. If the Yankees have really found a few metrics to key on that indicate a player is going to continue to improve, this 2009 draft will turn out very, very good.

  • Januz

    I really like his power potential and the fact he led the SEC in hits. This team can use some hitters in the organization. A very good signing.

  • Jake K.

    That swing reminded me of…wait for it…Barry Bonds. That just happened!

    • Brandon HA !

      We said the same about Mr. .715 COMPTON…IDK

      • BklynJT

        Yeah, where is Compton anyway. I had high hopes for him =/

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona


    • MattG

      I don’t see it. His hip load is very small and contained, where as Bonds attacks the ball with his stride. Also, Bonds has far more dramatic arc in his swing–Mack chops at this ball.

      Despite the ball traveling 3 miles, this doesn’t look like a home run swing. However, the bat is in the strike zone quickly, and stays there–that looks like a swing that’ll lead to a lot of line drives.

      • crawdaddy

        Which goes back to the scouting report on him that he’s a gap hitter. It will be interesting to see how he develops as a professional ballplayer.

      • Jake K.

        Yeah, I was mostly kidding.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yeah, I don’t see Barry Bonds there.

      Both the fairly flat lefty swing and the overall game (probably a .270/.360/.470, with 15-25 HR and 20-30 steal potential) remind me of one guy above all others:

      Ray Lankford.

      • ChrisS

        I’m so stoked that I kept my 1994 Ray Lankford Upper deck Black Diamond Gold Foil hologram card in a heat/mildew/mold-resistant sleeve.


      • V

        I’d take that in a heartbeat.

  • Charlie

    Nice, hopefully we’ll sign most of our draft picks. And actually, I’ve never heard anyone say Good night nurse.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      And they’ll be doing the Charleston…ALL NIGHT LONG!!!

  • Charlie

    so how many picks have we signed so far?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      This sounds like a job for an RAB sidebar tracker. Right underneath the Brackman Watch would be perfect.

      Hint hint…

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    Good night nurse! (Seriously, when was the last time you heard someone say that?)

    Um, Archie Bunker?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I thought he always said “Good night, Negro”.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        I totally LOL’d at that.

    • DGeezy

      im gonna say last time i heard it was probably Gorilla Monsoon

    • JohnC

      Archie Bunker:

      “Goodnight nurse she’s marrying a Jew”

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    The intro music MUST be:


    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Okaaaaaay…. why, exactly?

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        The MACK dad’ll make ya…

        The daddy MACK’ll make ya…

        • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

          How hilarious would it be to hear Sterling say “The daddy MACK’ll make ya jump!” as a HR call?

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            I just vomited a little in my mouth.

    • gxpanos

      Hahahaha whaaaaaat?!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      That video makes me want to wear my clothes backwards.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona
      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        For the first time in my life, I agree with the YouTube commenters.

        Just shave the rest of it off, dude. Bald is okay. Better than half-bald.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    I’m sorry, for a homerun like that, Mack gets a…..


  • Bill

    thats the homerun i was talking about last week … what a shot. theres also a video of him hitting a game winning single. he has a sweet swing. Mike, since hes kind of a college veteran, were do you think he starts?

  • A.D.

    Whats the downside that makes him a 13th rounder?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      My quick guess: not a top college player, was a junior.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    So, then, can we start filling out the forthcoming Staten Island short season roster?

    C-Kyle Higashioka
    3B-Rob Lylerly
    LF-Neil Medchill
    CF-Justin Milo?
    RF-DeAngelo Mack

    SP-Gavin Brooks
    SP-Sean Black (since he seems to be intent on signing)
    SP-Shaeffer Hall
    SP-Ben Watkins


    I’m assuming Heathcott and Murphy probably go to the GCL when they sign, and Adam Warren is good and polished enough to go right to a full-season league, no? Where am I wrong and what would you all adjust?

    • Mike bk

      isaac harrow for 2b, angelini i assume at ss. kevin mahoney as a 3b option too, maybe dh.

      also players from the system: OF: Chris Smith 08 Draft, Carlos Urena, Eduardo Sosa IF: Mitch Delaney 1B

      Pitchers: Mikey O’Brien

  • Thomas

    From what I can find out through Google Earth and the Gamecocks athletic department that road (Williams Street) is about 420 ft and the building behind the road is about 465 ft from home plate down the line.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Deangelo Mack is a man who built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn, that’s what kind of man he is.

      • pete

        I thought you were joking!!! I even wrote it down in my diary: “veronica said something very funny today…”
        seriously though im more impressed by the fact that he hit that ball than the distance

  • kenthadley

    swing reminds me of a young Chris Chambliss….

  • http://www.baby-bombers.com/ RPimpsner

    I am getting the SI Yankee roster in bits and pieces. When I get them I post it on the website on the roster page. Keep checking back everyday for more information.