Former Albemarle star Molinaro drafted by Yankees

In 2008 as a junior at Albemarle, Tyler Molinaro was key component of a team that made it through the Commonwealth District, Northwest Region and into the Group AAA Divison 5 tournament. A year later he was an instrumental part in leading an American Legion Albemarle Post 74 team to the state championship series.

For the last two years Molinaro has been hammering the ball at Pitt Community College. Just a few weeks ago he decided he was going to play for UNC-Wilmington. On day two of the Major League Baseball first year player draft, Molinaro got a new suitor — in 15th round Molinaro was selected by the New York Yankees.

In his second season with Pitt, Molinaro was named the Region X player of the year by hitting .396, cranking out 15 home runs and driving in 53 runs while scoring 60 times himself. He homered in almost exactly every 10 at bats and his OPS (onbase percentage plus slugging percentage) was a staggering 1.332. Defensively at first base, he put together a .980 fielding percentage.