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DeCaster Named N.L. Player of the Month For June

07/01/2009 4:57 PM -
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks third baseman Yurendell DeCaster has been named Rawlings Northern League Player of the Month for June. DeCaster, who had his Northern League contract purchased by the New York Yankees earlier this week, batted .354 (34-for-96) with 12 doubles, 10 home runs, 30 RBI, and 25 runs scored in the month. He also had six stolen bases in seven attempts in that span.
 
He departs for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate leading the Northern League in multiple categories: home runs (13), RBI (43), hits (54), slugging percentage (.682), and extra base hits (27). He also ranked third in the league in batting (.344) and second in runs scored (36). From June 3rd to June 20th, he strung together a 15-game hitting streak.
 
A native of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, the 13-year veteran made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 21, 2006. More recently, he played for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning in his teams' second game against the Dominican Republic, securing the Netherlands a second-round berth in Pool 2 of the WBC.
 
The 6-1, 200-pounder, was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1996. After four seasons in the Rays farm system, he was selected by the Pirates in the Rule 5 minor league draft in 2000. Over his career, he also spent time in the Nationals and Tigers organizations prior to joining the RedHawks on April 6, 2009.


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