It was a good week for offense in the New York-Penn League for the Staten Island Yankees. Mario Garza’s team went 5-2 this week, scoring four runs or more in all of their wins, including 16 combined runs in their last two wins against the Brooklyn Cyclones. With the solid week, the team is now 10-7 on the season. One of the main catalysts in terms of run producing for this offense is second baseman Ty McFarland.
McFarland, the Yankees’ 10th round pick in this draft, out of James Madison University, has been able to excel in his first two weeks in professional baseball. The 22-year old second baseman is second on the team in batting average (.321), first on the team in RBI’s (11), and third in .OPS (.810). In six games this week, McFarland had eight hits and drove in seven runs. One of the more impressive things about McFarland, when you look at his numbers, is that all 11 of his RBI’s this season have come with runners in scoring position.
As one of our writers, Kara Haynesworth, noted in her draft profile about McFarland , the second baseman came to Staten Island after some great hitting numbers in college. He hit over. 300 in each of his last three seasons at JMU, which included a .339 batting average back in his junior year (2013).
While he does not have a home run this season, McFarland definitely knows how to put the ball-in-play and have productive at bats. In the 13 games he has played in, he has a .357 on-base percentage, which is fourth on the team. Plus, he has only struck out six times in 53 at-bats. He is a hitter that knows how to pick up the extra-base hit as he leads the team in extra-base hits with six, five of them being doubles (tied with Isaias Tejeda for the team lead). McFarland is a player that will be interesting to watch going forward, considering his three multi-hit games in his last five.