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Mosley and Mercer alum, R.J. Yeager gears up for MLB Draft

Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 9:50 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -After an impressive high school career at Mosley, R.J. Yeager had some options, but he chose Mercer over the prospect of winding up at a bigger D-1 program.

“I wanted to go somewhere I would play and you know?” said Yeager. “I had people tell me you can go juco and possibly end up at a Florida state and stuff, and those kinds of schools like that. I thought Mercer gave me the best chance to play as a freshman, and I don’t regret my decision at all to go to Mercer. It’s one of the best ones I’ve ever made.”

Nor should he. Ryan impressed all who watched him the last four seasons at Mercer. A batting average of .291 over all four collegiate seasons. His senior year especially strong, with a .308 average with 13 homers and 50 RBI in 57 games, and on the field, just 7 errors in 224 chances as the Bears shortstop. Numbers that should make the pro scouts notice.

“I do feel like I’ve made my case,” said Yeager. “Do you know at this point I’ve done the best I can do. I know I’ve given everything I have. At this point it’s up in God’s hands, so we’ll see what happens. I’m super proud of my accomplishments. I feel like I, I’ve grown as a player, as a person, you know, as an athlete. What’s done is done, you know I can only, stats and stuff you forget, but the people and relationships that you build there will last forever so. I’m proud of what I’ve done there.”

Yeager is a good fielding shortstop who can hit for power and average, and could be good enough to hear his name called in the first ten rounds. Though nothing is certain. Thus, making Monday and Tuesday as the bulk of the draft takes place, some potentially nerve wracking hours for RJ!

“Oh man I’m going to be so nervous. I’m going to have my phone on me and I’ll be ready to roll regardless. So I’m anxious, I’m excited and I am grateful to be in this position so I’m pumped up.”

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