Yecker was born in Lancaster, Penn. and attended college at St. John’s University. In three years at St. John’s he amassed a record of 18-7. Out of St. John’s, Yecker was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 22nd round of the 2008 amateur entry draft. He went on to play two seasons for minor league affiliates of the Florida Marlins in Jamestown and Greensboro where he appeared in a total of 61 games.