Dunham awaits Yankees spring training after impressing in first minor league season
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – The annual Tri-State Hot Stove League Memorabilia Night brought many stars to Evansville this past weekend. One of the local athletes in attendance was Reitz graduate Elijah Dunham, who is a rising star in professional baseball, and 14 Sports caught up with him.
The former Indiana Hoosier alum has spent the past year turning heads within the New York Yankees organization. Dunham played in two Class “A” ball tiers last summer, hitting .263 with 13 homers. He also played in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit a stout .357 with two bombs.
Dunham is now waiting to find out where he will appear this spring, as the Major League Baseball lockout has put everything on hold.
“There’s no communication, so and I’m ok with that – I don’t mind. It’s like they’re doing their thing worrying about the lockdown and everything,” a Dunham said. “The Yankees haven’t said anything yet, they just have our player development guys calling in, watching us, making sure we’re doing like our plans they give us, and making sure we work and not just sitting on our butts during this time. When they tell me when to show up, I’ll be ready. I bow my head and it’s like that’s the job I’m going to do every day. I will enter the gymnasium. I will enter the cage. I’m going to throw, do my defensive work. I try not to think about the future. I just try to think about the day ahead, and it keeps me really disciplined.
Dunham says he trained with Colson Montgomery, a Southridge graduate and Chicago White Sox No. 1 pick, and says they became good friends.
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