Former College of Charleston star Aldrich signs free agent contract with Yankees organization
College of Charleston slugger Daniel Aldrich is signed and sealed to play for the New York Yankees organization. But he won’t deliver until the 2013 season.
Aldrich flew to Tampa on Tuesday to sign as an undrafted free agent with the Yankees after passing a physical. With only two weeks remaining in the minor league season, the Yankees decided that the former Wando High School star should wait until spring training to begin his climb up the minor league ladder.
“The Yankees are my favorite team, so it is awesome,” Aldrich said. “I’m definitely excited. This is a dream come true.”
Aldrich wouldn’t divulge the amount of his signing bonus, but it was believed to be at least $150,000.
Aldrich said he doesn’t know where he will begin the 2013 season. But there’s a chance he could end up with the Charleston RiverDogs, a low Class A affiliate of the Yankees.
“I won’t know until spring training where I’m going,” he said. “But to play in Charleston would be awesome. That would be a cool experience. My friends and family could see me play.”
Aldrich still had two years of eligibility remaining with the Cougars. He finished with 33 career home runs and nine triples in two seasons at the College of Charleston.
Aldrich, who was an all-state selection at Wando, had a breakout season in 2011 and was named national freshman of the year after leading all Division I freshmen in home runs (22), RBIs (73), slugging percentage (.739) and total bases (164).
But he slumped this past spring, batting .287 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs.
He flourished in the postseason and was named to the Gainesville Regional all-tournament team after hitting .417 with two doubles and a home run in three games.
Aldrich just completed his summer season with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League. He batted .350 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs.