New York Yankees Officially Sign Rhode Island Alum Chris Hess

It’s official. Former Rhode Island baseball infielder Chris Hess has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees.

URI baseball second baseman Chris Hess will officially forego his senior season in Kingston and instead move on to the professional ranks. The North Kingstown native officially signed with the New York Yankees yesterday after being selected in the 17th round in this week’s MLB Draft. The Bronx Bombers announced the signing on their transactions page, and Rhody baseball followed suit on Twitter.

Hess had the option to return to URI next year, but come on. Who would pass this up? So with that, the Rams will be without one of their lineup mainstays for next season. But having guys leaving early for the pros is a good problem to have.

The Staten Island Yankees — the Short-A affiliate of the big boys — will likely be the landing spot for Hess. At least to start. Let’s hope the versatile second baseman starts making moves through the system as his professional career rolls on.

Good luck to Chris Hess with the Yankees (and wherever the journey takes him).