Anthony Seigler defines baseball versatility.
On second thought, he transcends it.
The 18-year-old from Cartersville, Ga., is a switch-hitting catcher who, in high school, was also a lefthanded pitcher, a righthanded pitcher, a starter and a closer. The word is “ambidextrous,” and it’s on a grand scale.
The 2018 first-round draft pick of the New York Yankees is now catching for the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League. He’s had a difficult adjustment since being promoted to the Class A affiliate of the Yankees in mid-June. He is batting .181 with three doubles and six runs batted in.
Unfortunately, the RiverDogs have no more games scheduled in Greenville and Columbia, also members of the SAL. They have two visits to Asheville, N.C., playing the Tourists on Aug. 15-18 and 26-29.
Seigler, 20, has Laurens roots. His grandmother, Jane Seigler, lives in Laurens, and his father, Todd, grew up here.
Now, of course, he is a catcher who always throws right. He has been quoted as saying he found switch-pitching easier than switch-hitting. In high school, he pitched lefthanded as a starter and righthanded as a reliever.
At Cartersville High School, where his father teaches Spanish, Anthony threw a football and shot a basketball lefthanded, though he played neither sport at the varsity level. He writes with his right hand.