Husker Aaron Palensky signs with New York Yankees
Papillion-La Vista South grad and Nebraska outfielder Aaron Polensky has signed a contract with the New York Yankees.
Polensky told WOWT he felt that signing with the Yankees gave him his best opportunity to move up through the minor league system, grow as a play and eventually complete his dream of making it to the major leagues.
“Really, I feel like I’m on top of the world signing with, historically, not only the best team in baseball, but also a team where I feel like I have the best chance to go there, develop as a player, as a person, and give me my shot at making the major leagues,” Palensky said.
Palensky started every game for the Huskers in each of the last two seasons.
He led Nebraska’s offense in most categories during that span. This year, he recorded at least one hit in 11 of his 15 games, including four multi-hit efforts, before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He batted .302 and led the team in runs scored, doubles, walks and RBIs, while sharing the team high in home runs, which was four.
The Huskers are losing a great offensive weapon, but Palensky believes the team is still headed in the right direction.
“They have great leadership with the coaching staff under coach Bolt," Palensky said. "We’ve got good guys coming in. We’ve got good guys returning. So, really I think Nebraska is going to be in a good spot next year.”
Before joining Nebraska in 2019, Palensky spent his first year of college baseball at Southeast Community College.
He's waiting on the call to go to the Yankees' spring training facility in Florida to join other minor leaguers to start training.
Palensky said he looks forward to the challenge of working his way up through the minors to hopefully suit up for the big league squad someday.
“Being kind of a low recruit out of high school, going to junior college, you know really, I feel like that’s been my story this whole time," Palensky said. "So, If I’ve done it before, I know that I can do it again.”