Seigler earns promotion to Advanced Rookie League

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Anthony Seigler didn't have long to bask in the Florida sun after hitting his first professional home run Monday.

That's because the recent Cartersville High graduate earned an almost instant promotion from the Gulf Coast League's Yankees West. By Tuesday night, Seigler found himself in Virginia, starting at catcher for the Pulaski Yankees of the Advanced Rookie League.

It took just a dozen games for Seigler, who earned almost every accolade imaginable following his stellar senior season with the Canes, to show he was ready for a move up the Yankees' organizational ladder and up the Eastern seaboard.

There's been plenty of eyes on Seigler after New York tabbed him with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the MLB draft back in June. He made his first professional appearance with Yankees West on June 18, finishing 1-for-2 with a double.

During his 12-game stint in the GCL, which was interrupted by a hamstring injury that cost him two weeks and possibly delayed his call up, the switch-hitter slashed .333/.429/.472 with six walks, two doubles and the aforementioned home run. Seigler scored seven runs and drove in four.

He played in just five games after returning from injury before being assigned to Pulaski, which plays in the Appalachian League.

In his first at bat Tuesday, the two-time Daily Tribune News Player of the Year stroked a single to center field. He wound up 1-for-2 with two walks in the game.

With five other catchers listed on the Pulaski roster, Seigler had Wednesday off but returned to lineup Thursday night. He went 1-for-5, singling and scoring the go-ahead run as part of a five-run rally in the seventh inning that gave Pulaski an 11-7 victory.

The Appalachian League season runs through the end of August, meaning it's unlikely Seigler will land another advancement this year. However, it's still entirely possible that the 19-year-old could be bumped up to the Class-A Charleston Riverdogs or the Short-Season A affiliate Staten Island Yankees, both of whom play into the first week of September.

Either way, he will almost certainly start off next season at the Single-A level.