His professional baseball career began last June when he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. By the end of July, he was so impressive that the Cardinals' organization named him their Minor League Pitcher of the Month. A few days later, he was promoted to the State College Spikes, the Cardinals' Class A short-season affiliate of the New York-Penn League where he went 1-1 in three starts before the 2019 season ended.

Yes, it was a whirlwind two months for Franklin native Mike YaSenka, but it also gave him a real confidence boost heading into the 2020 campaign.

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