When you’re a prospect looking to make an impression, the last thing you need is an embarrassing lowlight to go viral on social media. Unfortunately, that’s what happened to New York Yankees catcher Anthony Seigler on Saturday night.
Though this didn’t really affect the outcome of the contest, it was still a horrible look for a former first-round pick who hasn’t been close to meeting expectations since being drafted in 2018.
In the bottom of the 10th inning with the High-A Hudson Valley Renegades down 6-2, Seigler put a charge into one, sending an offering out to deep left field. Thinking it was long gone, Seigler flipped his bat as if he had just walked off a postseason game and lightly jogged to first base.
But the ball hit the left field wall and stayed in the park. The left fielder rifled the ball into second base and threw Seigler out by a mile, which ended the game.
The odds of Hudson Valley mounting a four-run comeback with two outs were slim, but Seigler showboating down by that much on a shot that didn’t even clear the wall was shameful enough.
Getting thrown out as the second baseman waited moments there with the ball to tag you out on a futile slide effort was just … well, you watch.
Yankees prospect Anthony Siegler redeemed himself after this embarrassing moment
Now, there are two bits of good news here. The first is that Seigler has seemingly turned it up, earning a promotion to High-A in recent weeks, where he’s hit .381 with a 1.090 OPS across six games after a successful 25-game stint at Single-A Tampa.
There’s evidence he might be turning it around after an awfully slow start to his MLB career (and a missed 2020 season due to the pandemic).
Secondly, Seigler was instrumental in the Renegades’ win the very next day. He hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the team’s 2-1 victory and made an impact elsewhere.
In the top of the ninth with two runners on and two out, Seigler picked off the runner at first to end the game and the imminent threat from the Rome Braves. That’s how you redeem yourself after a forgettable moment on Saturday night.
Seigler’s hot streak looked like it was about to be stopped dead in its tracks, but it lives on as the Renegades enjoy a day off on Monday before a long road series against the Aberdeen IronBirds.