Former Yankees legend CC Sabathia accomplished a lot as a pitcher. The physically imposing 6-foot-6, flamethrowing lefty won the 2007 AL Cy Young Award, and a World Series with the Bronx Bombers in 2009. Sabathia who was taken 20th overall in the 1998 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians (Guardians), also became the 17th pitcher in MLB history to record 3,000 strikeouts.
He’s also the third lefty to ever reach the mark. CC finished his career tied with the great Bob Gibson in wins by a Black pitcher with (251), only trailing Ferguson Jenkins.
Now in retirement CC is guiding his son, Carsten, a 6-foot-4 and 240-pound slugger who’s headed to Georgia Tech. The power-hitting first baseman has displayed tremendous pop from both sides of the plate, and that unique trait got him some looks in last week’s MLB Draft. Carsten projects as a first baseman in the mold of former Phillies great Ryan Howard.
— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) February 16, 2022
When he committed to the “Rambling Wreck,” in February, Carsten had this to say: “I’m about to go where my granny’s gonna be my biggest fan.” Carsten’s grandmother lives near the Atlanta institution.
Carsten Goes Off The Grid: Not A Pitcher Like Dad
While most MLB father-son duos are usually hitters or position players, CC and Carsten are polar opposites with dad being a pitcher and Carsten being a slugging infielder. But that isn’t the only difference, as Carsten is much more mobile and agile than his hulking dad.
Carsten Sabathia – 💣.com pic.twitter.com/fmTiqx22HZ
— Perfect Game USA (@PerfectGameUSA) July 17, 2021
That skillset made him one of the top 400 prospects in this year’s MLB Draft. While he wasn’t drafted, he’s headed to Georgia Tech where he’ll continue to develop as a hitter and overall player.
Carsten Was A Coveted Recruit: Why Did GT Win Out?
While Carsten chose GT to continue his baseball career, he was a highly sought-after recruit with offers from Harvard, UCLA and Wake Forest to name a few. Following his commitment, in an interview with Northjersey.com he explained why the Yellow Jackets were the right fit for him, beyond being near his grandmother.
“Since Day 1, the first time I came in contact with them, they were all about family, and the culture, and the culture of winning that it takes to play at Georgia Tech. And once I started to get into conversations, not just about baseball, but about family, life, and things outside the white lines, I fell in love.”
Carsten Sabathia III posted this highlight reel of himself on Instagram 🔥 pic.twitter.com/2tgGu4vjo8
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) January 20, 2021