After more than six years in the minor leagues, Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, made his Major League debut on Saturday after being called up for the first time.
Yastrzemski started in left field for the San Francisco Giants and is hitting seventh against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Yastrzemski, 28, was traded to the Giants in March for the Baltimore Orioles, with whom he held his first major league spring training this year.
Drafted by Orioles in 2013, Yastrzemski quickly rose up in the organization before his career stalled. Three years after being drafted, he played for Triple-A Norfolk, but then shared the time between Norfolk and Double-A Bowie, without making the jump to the majors.
"Everything is a learning experience," Yastrzemski said in March, before the exchange. "Everyone has their own way to get where they want to go, whatever the path for me, I'm fine with that, whenever you see some light at the end of the tunnel and put everything in it, it's rewarding in that sense."
In seven minor league seasons, Yastrzemski has a .263 average, but has never hit more than 15 homers or more than 75 RBIs. He was hitting .316 with 12 homers and 25 RBIs for Triple-A Sacramento this season.
His grandfather, Carl Yastrzemski, 79, spent 23 years of his major league career with the Boston Red Sox and retired having played the most games (3,308) of any player in league history. older until that moment. He was 18 times All-Star, seven times Gold Glove winner and won the Triple Crown in 1967, when he helped lead the Red Sox to the "Impossible Dream" to an appearance in the World Series.
To make room on the list, the Giants appointed outfielder Mac Williamson for the badignment. Williamson was hitting .118 in 15 games this season.
The Giants have also placed right-hander Trevor Gott on the 10-day disabled list with a distended right forearm and have retired Dereck Rodriguez of Sacramento.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.