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Nebraska's Aaron Palensky signs with Yankees

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Posted at 1:10 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 15:20:42-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A Husker and Papillion native will be moving on to the Empire State soon after signing with the New York Yankees.

Nebraska junior outfielder Aaron Palensky became the latest Husker to join the professional baseball ranks.

“A childhood dream came true today and I’m thrilled for what the future holds with the New York Yankees,” Palensky said. “I am forever grateful for what Nebraska has done for me, playing under Coach Bolt and Coach Erstad during the last couple years. I’m looking forward to the opportunity and believe joining the Yankees organization gives me the best chance to the make it to the big leagues.”

His coach said he is looking forward to seeing Palensky move on to the professional level.

“Aaron has been a model ambassador for Husker baseball and an absolute joy to coach,” Nebraska head coach Will Bolt said. “His talent, work ethic and demeanor will allow him to excel at the professional level. It will be fun to see him climb the ranks and pursue his dream.”

Palensky spent his first season of college baseball at Southeast Community College before transferring to Nebraska. During his first year at Nebraska in 2019, Palensky received second-team All-Big Ten honors after batting .320, which ranked eighth in the conference and led the Huskers. He also led the team in hits (71), runs scored (43), home runs (7) and total bases (107), while sharing the team high in doubles (11) and triples (2). He was second on the team in RBI with 35.

In 2020, Palensky recorded at least one hit in 11 of his 15 games, including four multi-hit efforts, before the season ended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.