Sears joins Montgomery in Yankees organization


The New York Yankees now have another left-handed pitcher from Sumter in their organization.

The Yankees acquired John Patrick Sears from the Seattle Mariners earlier this month along with 17-year-old Dominican Republic pitching prospect Juan Then in exchange for New York right-handed reliever Nick Rumbelow.

The Yankees already have Sumter's Jordan Montgomery with the big club. Montgomery just completed his rookie season, going 9-7 with a 3.88 earned run average in 29 starts.

The 21-year-old Sears just completed his first season of professional baseball, He was drafted by Seattle in the 11th round out of The Citadel in the Major League Baseball draft in June. Sears went 1-2 with a 0.65 ERA and three saves in 17 relief appearances for Single-A Everett and Clinton.

Sears, the former Wilson Hall standout, was the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year and an All-American selection on three different teams. Sears was 7-2 with a 2.03 ERA and 142 strikeouts.

Then was signed by Seattle last year at age 16 and went 2-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 13 starts with the Dominican Summer League Mariners in 2017.

Rumbelow, 26, made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015, going 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA in 15 innings. In five minor league seasons, he's 14-8 with a 2.73 ERA and 29 saves in 126 relief appearances.