NEW YORK – Columbia baseball product Joey Falcone has signed a free agent deal with the New York Yankees, the organization announced Wednesday. Falcone will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League affiliate of the club.
Falcone became the first Ivy League player to earn All-America status since 2006 and was the first Columbia representative since Gene Larkin in 1984. The Brooklyn native hit .323 with 11 homers and 54 RBI on his way to unanimous first team All-Ivy League honors and spot on the ABCA/Rawlings All-Northeast Region squad.
His hit total (62), doubles (19), homers and RBI all put him among Columbia’s single-season leaders. He earned Ivy League Player of the Week accolades twice and went 7-for-10 with eight RBI in the final two games of the ILCS to help Columbia punch its ticket to the NCAA Regionals for the third time in a row.
Falcone is the fifth player to earn a spot in the Minor Leagues this month after Gus Craig, George Thanopoulos and Jordan Serena were drafted in the MLB Amateur Draft on June 10 and Joey Donino was sent to the Hillsboro Hops (short A) after signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks in September.