Chase Wright is no longer a Yankee. He got his chance in the majors, and he got rocked. He gave up four consecutive home runs to the Boston Red Sox in a game, and after that, he never really had a chance of making it big with the club.
It’s a shame really, because the kid showed some promise, but the Yankees aren’t very patient with their youngsters.
Chase Wright’s reaction…
“I felt like I definitely had a good run,” Wright said. “The ‘07 season was my first year out of [Class] A-ball and I had two good starts at Double-A before I got called up to the Yankees, and I knew that if I put together a good run [in 2008] I would have a shot at an opportunity. It just didn’t happen. The Yankees system is just loaded, and unfortunately, I kind of got buried.”
“I’ve been in the Minor Leagues a long time and I’ve learned a lot,” Wright said. “I think I could help out a big league team.”
The Yankees obtained 23-year-old OF/C Eric Fryer in return for Wright from Milwaukee.
I’m actually quite impressed with this kid’s statistics. He batted .335 with 10 HR and 63 RBI in 104 games with Single-A West Virginia this past season. He led the league in batting average and on-base percentage. Fryer also was ranked third in slugging percentage (.506).
Eric will be assigned to Single-A Tampa at the start of the season.
in other news…
Former Yankee Ramiro Mendoza was given a Minor League contractand a Spring Training invitation from the Brewers. The last game Mandoza appeared in was back in 2005 regular season for the Yankees. Mendoza shined in the Venezuelan Winter League, and posted a 1.62 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. He is also on the preliminary roster for Team Panama in the ‘09 WBC.
Ramiro Mendoza was a big part of the Yankees dynasty. He won four World Series rings with the Yankees and really helped them out in the postseason.