Derek Toadvine's Journey As A Pro
Derek Toadvine was selected in the 22nd round by the New York Yankees in the 2013 MLB Draft out of Kent State University. As a junior, Derek stole a team-leading 29 bases and hit .297. In his first professional season in 2013, the Springfield, Ohio native showed his defensive versatility for the Staten Island "SS A" Yankees, playing both second base and shortstop. He recorded his first hit in his first professional game and displayed his speed on the base paths as well, with seven stolen bases.
In 2014, Derek accepted the New York Yankees proposition to become a switch-hitter. During Spring Training, Derek broke his fibula and was forced to rehab for three and a half months. While turning a double play in his first game back after being cleared to resume playing, an opposing player slid hard into Derek's leg, requiring him to get several stitches. After about a month, Derek was cleared to play again. However he soon tore his quad while attempting to beat out a ground ball running through first base. Despite attempting to play through the injury, the Yankees trainers declared this a Grade 2 strain and required him to sit out the remainder of the season.
Derek will enter the 2015 season fully healthy and prepared to display his defensive versatility, speed, and hitting prowess in his first full season as a professional in the New York Yankees system.