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Mike Yastrzemski is learning from a great, his grandfather, Carl Yastrzemski.
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Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

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At 45-6, the Vanderbilt baseball team is arguably the best in the nation, and while some of the Commodores’ stars may be several years from becoming household names, one of them has a name you most certainly already know — even if you can’t spell it.

Mike Yastrzemski is a left-handed, senior outfielder for the Commodores, who seem primed to make the second College World Series in program history.

Yastrzemski has started all 51 games for Vanderbilt, which is riding a 12-game winning streak following a weekend sweep of Kentucky, and is hitting a career-high .333 with three home runs and 36 RBI.

He’s also, as you might have guessed, the grandson of Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, who played in 18 All-Star games, won seven Gold Gloves and rode one historic triple crown season to the 1967 MVP.

When he was in eighth grade, Mike Yastrzemski’s father, a former minor leaguer also named Mike, died of a heart attack. Since he was 14, the younger Mike has been working with his Hall of Fame grandfather to develop his skills at the plate and become a better all-around player. He even helped him shake a slump earlier this season.

“When he was struggling, he had his hands close to his body,” Carl Yastrzemski told The New York Times, which published a lengthy feature on the Yastrzemski family over the weekend. “He was putting too much weight on his back leg; he was all tied up. I talked to him on the phone after the game and, bam, he went on a tear.”

Mike Yastrzemski was also part of the only other Vanderbilt team to reach the College World Series (in 2011), and this year’s club looks capable of winning it all. After that, he’ll shift his focus to his career — and with a name like Yastrzemski, expectations will always be high.

A 30th-round pick by the Seattle Mariners in last year’s MLB draft, Yastrzemski chose to decline a $300,000 signing bonus to stay in school.

In this year’s draft, which takes place June 6-8, he’s projected to go in the top 15 rounds, though he’s far from a can’t-miss prospect.

One anonymous scout told the Times that Yastrzemski would have to “overachieve” to reach the majors. But even his grandfather didn't break out until that '67 season, when he led the league with a .326 batting average, 44 homers and 112 RBI as a 27-year-old veteran.

With a legacy like that, you’ve got to like his chances.

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