HICKORY, N.C. (COFC) - Former College of Charleston All-American Daniel Aldrich has been called up to the Charleston RiverDogs, the South Atlantic League Single-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees organization.
A native of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Aldrich started the season with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn league. He earned the promotion to the RiverDogs after Charleston suffered a couple of injuries in the outfield lineup.
Aldrich will make his first appearance in a RiverDogs uniform tonight at Hickory. He is slated to hit ninth in the lineup and play left field.
After two seasons at CofC, Aldrich was signed by the Yankees in August of 2012 before his redshirt-junior year at College of Charleston. He had just completed a solid summer season in the Cape Cod League.
Aldrich finished the 2012 season with 11 home runs and 46 RBI, batting .287 at the plate. He was second on the team in walks with 32, while leading the squad with seven triples. He earned All-Gainesville Regional Team honors after hitting .417 with two doubles and a home run in three NCAA games.
In 2011, Aldrich had a breakout season as he was named the NCBWA Freshman Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball National Freshman of the Year and SoCon Freshman of the Year. He was selected as a Louisville Slugger All-American, NCBWA All-American, ABCA/Rawlings All-American, and CBI All-American. He won the 2011 TD Ameritrade Home Run Derby while leading all Division I freshmen in home runs (22), RBIs (73), slugging percentage (.739) and total bases (164).
Aldrich finished his CofC career ranked sixth in program history in home runs (33), and sixth in triples (9). His 22 home runs in 2011 rank third in school history for the most in one season.
He joins current New York Yankee centerfielder Brett Gardner as the only former CofC players to suit up for the RiverDogs. Gardner came to Charleston last summer for a rehab assignment.