Drafted in the 13th round with the 393 overall pick of the 2015 First-Year-Player Draft by the New York Yankees outfielder Trey Amburgey has impressed. The right-handed hitting outfielder came to the Yankees from St. Petersburg Community College. He signed on June 13, 2015 and immediately reported to Tampa to start his professional career with the Gulf Coast League Yankees.
“I knew they [the Yankees] were interested,” Trey told us in an interview, “I went to a draft workout with them a week before the draft but I didn’t hear from them until they called me and said they were drafting me.”
On June 22, 2015 Amburgey made his professional debut with the GCL Yankees, going 1-for-4 with a stolen base against the GCL Phillies. He went on to get 45 hits in the GCL over 37 games with 5 being doubles and 4 being triples, good for a .333 batting average. After an injury to Jhalan Jackson opened a spot in the Staten Island Yankees outfield, he was promoted on August 15, 2015.
“I had to adjust to the speed of the game,” he said, “there was better pitching and better athletes all over the field.”
With the Staten Island Yankees, Trey put up video game numbers with a .367 batting average in 21 games (29 hits in 79 at bats). He had 6 doubles, 2 triple, 5 homeruns while driving in 18 runners and stealing 7 bases. The emergence of power was surprise to many including himself, “I honestly have no clue [where the power came from]. In the GCL I hit balls that looked like they were going out but they would just be caught or land short of the warning track.”
Amburgey’s success earned him New York-Penn League Plyer of the Week Honors in two consecutive weeks in August when he hit .545 in one week and .452 the next week.
In the Gulf Coast League Trey played mostly left field but once he was promoted to Staten Island he switched to right field. “I was more comfortable in right field,” he said “I was a centerfielder in college and played a little bit in right so I was used to those two. I played left a little bit in high school but not much. The biggest difference is reading the ball off the bat, in leftfield there is more slices on the bat and in right field it is more right to you.”
After the season ended Amburgey reported back to the Yankees complex in Tampa for the 2015 Florida Instructional League where he played mostly left field. “I learned a lot, more about base running, more about hitting and more about base running,” he said.
Trey turned 21-years old in October and is considered to be a pleasant surprise as a 13th round draft pick. He is still developing power and looks to be a right fielder long-term. Expect to see him patrol the outfield for the Charleston RiverDogs in 2016.