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Mokena Native Dean Anna Signs Deal with New York Yankees

The 5-foot-11, left-handed batter and Lincoln-Way East grad formerly played for a San Diego Padres' affiliate.

Credit: deanofswing.com
Credit: deanofswing.com

Mokena residents might have to become fans of the New York Yankees, now that their own Dean Anna has been added to the roster. 

The Yankees announced Sunday that they've signed Anna, which comes on the heels of Anna’s amazing 2013 season with the San Diego Padres’ affiliate in Tucson, Ariz. where he was awarded the title of 2013 Pacific Coast League Batting Champion, with a .331 average.

A left-handed batter who occasionally plays shortstop and third base, Anna shines at second base, where his 2013 season brought a fielding average percentage comparable to the Majors.

Anna is a graduate of Lincoln-Way East high school, and attended John A. Logan College in Cartersville, Ill., and Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft. In six minor league seasons, Anna’s career batting average is .286 and an OBP of .386. 

The 26-year-old has been in Tampa, Florida for spring training since January, arriving early to train alongside veteran players like fellow Yankee, Derek Jeter.

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Jo Ann Gindville February 21, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Congrats to him. Always happy to see a local athlete make it to the big time. I do think however that his sound bite could use a little humility cause he sounds like he thinks he's perfect and no one is. He also makes it seem like the other positions on the field don't matter and probably won't make him very popular with his teammates.
Shauni March 30, 2014 at 08:01 AM
This is a video that was filmed in 2011 when Anna was trying to make a major league team. Its intent was to promote his skill set and approach to the game. I have followed him since he was drafted in 2008 and knowing his path to the major leagues there is nothing about his journey to the Yankees that would suggest he is the most important player on the team. He is on the Yankees opening day roster for 2014. Congrats Dean!

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