Gerrit van Zijll’s faith-led journey from Lyme disease to Yankees

After being diagnosed with Lyme disease four years ago, Gerrit van Zijll thought his baseball career was over. But lifted by a newly formed relationship with God, he eventually got back to the sport he loved.

Now, van Zijll has a chance to take his talent to the pros. The lefthanded pitcher was selected by the New York Yankees in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.

His baseball journey is the path less traveled.

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In 2015, the Clear Lake graduate was about a month into his collegiate career with Cameron University when he started experiencing brain fog and severe fatigue. But no one could figure out what was wrong with him.