When this past June’s Major League Baseball amateur draft rolled around, Justin Yurchak watched and waited, unsure if there was anything for him worth waiting around to watch.
“I really had no idea if or when I was going to get drafted,” Yurchak said this past week. “It’s an unpredictable thing.”
A few months later, Yurchak — a Clifton Park native and Shenendehowa High School graduate — has made the most of the opportunity the Chicago White Sox organization granted him. Yurchak, 20, ended up a 12th-round selection of the White Sox, and he’s established himself as a prospect to watch for the organization as his first pro season nears its conclusion.
Yurchak, a member of the Binghamton University baseball program for two years after starting his college career at Wake Forest, starred in the Pioneer League this summer for the Great Falls Voyagers, Chicago’s rookie-level affiliate. Yurchak was named the league’s player of the month in August, a month in which he hit a league-leading .449 and also led the league in on-base percentage at .546.
“It was an adjustment when I first got here,” Yurchak said of his first pro season. “The competition was the best I’d ever played against. The balls are coming at you faster in the field. The pitchers are throwing harder and have better stuff. So it took time to get adjusted to that coming out of college.”
But Yurchak — whose team is now in the league’s playoffs — adjusted quick. He finished the 2017 Pioneer League regular season hitting .345 with 22 extra-base hits in 60 games. Yurchak finished with a .448 on-base percentage and…
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