On the ladder side, this was quite a college debut.
Jack Leiter, the son of the former Yankees and Mets thrower Al Leiter, knocked out twelve of the 16 Batters he faced in five first innings when Vanderbilt started his 3-0 win over South Alabama in Nashville on Tuesday night.
"I don't know if I expected it, but I was confident I knew the guys we had out there," Jack Leiter told reporters after the game. "It was just great playing in front of a home crowd, playing in Nashville, and starting the home game with a few wins."
Leader was made by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by Delbarton H.S. in Morristown, N.J., but Boy Scouts predicted that he would be selected in the first round if he had not informed the teams before the design that he was likely to go to college.
The Righty was recently ranked No. 1 in the country by Baseball America after posting 74 strikes and a 0.84 ERA over 43 innings in its senior year in high school.
Al Leiter, who was present at his son's debut, was also designed by the Yankees in 1984 and played for 19 years with the majors, including seven seasons with the Mets from 1998 to 2004. He currently works for the Mets as a consultant on baseball operations and for MLB Network as an analyst.
"I couldn't be more proud of my son today. @ Jackleiter22 debut as a @ VanderbiltU baseball player. What a way to start his @ VandyBoys journey," Al Leiter wrote on Twitter. "Very cool for me, his first outing personally to see … his performance was much better than anything I've ever done. #proudpapa. "
Al Leiter's brother Mark also played in the major leagues, as did Mark Leiter Jr. Al & # 39; s nephew was operated on by Tommy John in March last year after playing for Philadelphia and Toronto in 2018.