Blane Abeyta strung together a string of productive outings at pitcher with the Hudson Valley Renegades, a High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, in recent weeks.
The 2017 Ceres High School grad improved his record to 3-6 and lowered his ERA to 5.10 after earning a win in relief during Friday’s 6-4 triumph over the Greenville Drive at Dutchess Stadium.
Abeyta allowed two runs and five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in five innings.
“I did my job well,” said Abeyta, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 185 pounds.
Abeyta turned in his best start of the season, throwing six shutout innings as the Renegades blanked the Jersey Shore BlueClaws 8-0 on the Fourth of July at ShoreTown Ballpark.
“It’s always nice being able to start on days like that,” he said. “It’s a holiday game. Everybody comes out. My grandpa (Gilbert) served in the Army. It was a very special night for me.”
Abeyta allowed four singles with five strikeouts and just one walk versus Jersey Shore.
He registered four of his strikeouts during his final three innings on the mound.
“I had a better game plan,” he said. “Every pitch was working.”
Abeyta helped the Renegades extend their season-best winning streak to seven games on July 9.
He pitched four scoreless innings of relief during Hudson Valley’s 6-2 victory over Jersey Shore on Saturday.
He gave up three hits, struck out two and walked one.
Abeyta threw 10 scoreless innings versus the BlueClaws.
“I want to be on the field as much as I can,” he said.
Abeyta earned three straight wins following an 0-6 start to the season.
“I had the same mindset,” said Abeyta, who’s tallied 60 strikeouts in 651/3 innings of work with the Renegades this year. “Just throw it with conviction and see if they can hit it. Tip your cap if they do.”
Abeyta inked a contract with the New York Yankees as an undrafted free-agent in June of 2020.
Terms weren’t disclosed but the most any undrafted player can sign for is $20,000.
“I’m thankful the Yankees took a chance on me,” Abeyta said. “Everyone in this world knows my grandpa set this journey for me.”
Abeyta moved to Florida in March of 2021 to begin his professional baseball career.
He accomplished a first on Sept. 6 when he was named Southeast League Pitcher of the Week.
“There are a lot of great pitchers out there,” said Abeyta, who posted a 5-3 record with a 5.24 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 14 appearances with the Low-A Tampa Tarpons. “To be recognized as one is truly amazing. I’m very thankful for the honor. It’s a milestone.”