August 02, 2006
From CSTV -
It's been a wild ride for Brandon Ketron since leaving Union College (Ky.), but the former Bulldog catcher has gone from being undrafted to signing a free-agent contract with the New York Yankees.
Ketron, who is in his first season of professional baseball, has been assigned to the Gulf Coast Yankees, a Tampa-based Rookie League affiliate and member of the Gulf Coast League.
In three seasons at Union, Ketron posted a .370 career batting average with 22 home runs and 132 RBIs as he was a two-time First Team All-Conference selection. In all, he ranks in the Top 10 in 10 career offensive categories. His .426 batting average in 2004 is the third highest by a Bulldog in program history, and he ranks third in career fielding percentage at .984.
The Maryville, Tenn. native began the 2006 season as a backup catcher for the Washington (Penn.) Wild Things of the independent Frontier League. However, he quickly earned the starting job en route to being named to the East Division All-Star Team.
A 2005 graduate of Union, Ketron's professional career has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride since his days as a Bulldog. Despite some promising prospects, he went undrafted and unsigned in 2005 and did not play a game since leaving Union in May.
Currently, Ketron ranks third in the Frontier League in batting average (.333) and fifth in slugging (.502) while hitting 5 home runs with 32 RBI in 51 games for Washington.
I guess that Ketron takes over for Jesus Sanchez in the Yankees plans.
The odds of Brandon Ketron making the Yankees, someday, now, are about the same as Hugh Hefner, now, saying that he only wore pajamas all the time because he thought that blue-jeans made him look "hippy."
Still, the kid sounds like a fighter. If he does make it, it would be a great underdog story.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 2, 2006 03:30 PM
On catchers in the system: Kyle Anson, drafted as a 3rd Baseman, was supposed to be converted to catcher this season (his second year in the organization)but has been sent home to rehab a season-ending injury. Ironically, the injury prevented him from doing much other than Extended Spring Training this year. A plus-plus defender at 3rd with an excellent arm, Anson's sub-par offensive ceiling prompted the notion of moving him to behind the plate. Going on nothing beyond a hunch, Anson might be someone to keep an eye on. Could be useful as a back-up on the big club.