Yanks sign 13th round pick Mack


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?)

Categories : Draft


  1. Jordan says:

    That poor, poor baseball…

  2. Carl says:

    wow he crushed that

  3. John says:

    That swing would be perfect in Yankee Stadium.

  4. scott says:

    Looks like Fred McGriff

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  6. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Return of the Mack….

    (too easy)

  7. Frank says:

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

  8. Brandon HA ! says:

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

    • 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.

      • 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.


  9. MattG says:

    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.

  10. Januz says:

    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.

  11. Jake K. says:

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

  12. Charlie says:

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

  13. Charlie says:

    so how many picks have we signed so far?

  14. Sweet Dick Willie says:

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

    Um, Archie Bunker?

  15. Mattingly's Love Child says:

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


  16. Bill says:

    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?

  17. A.D. says:

    Whats the downside that makes him a 13th rounder?

  18. 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 says:

      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

  19. Thomas says:

    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.

  20. kenthadley says:

    swing reminds me of a young Chris Chambliss….

  21. RPimpsner says:

    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.

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