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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Random Thoughts

It seems to me that there is a lot of, for lack of a better word, chaff on this year's Thunder squad. In this case "chaff" means guys who appear to have their careers hanging on by a thread.

Here are a couple who I think could find new homes next season:

Edwar Gonzalez: After being Trenton's ace in the hole in 2008 and the very early portion of 2009, Gonzalez seems to have forgotten how to hit. He's down to .217/.286/.611, a far cry from his numbers of a season ago. He says the shoulder he injured at the beginning of the season isn't bothering him, which doesn't leave many options as to where the offense has gone. At 26 years old and unproductive, it would seem that his days in the organization could be numbered.

Marcos Vechionacci: He's hit only from the right side this season at the organization's request, but that doesn't appear to have changed much with regard to his meager output. Vechionacci has shown a little pop of late, but he's approaching six seasons in the organization without making it past Double-A. With guys at the lower levels pushing their way forward, it's probably time for Vechionacci and the Yankees to part ways.

P.J. Pilittere: Pilittere is a great guy, but the results just haven't been there for the rock of the last two seasons' EL Championship runs. Judging by the way the organization has treated him, it's painfully obvious they don't see a major league future for Pilittere. He has great game-calling and defensive skills, however, and would be wise to seek a position as a catchers' coach with the Yankees.

Richie Robnett: Listed among baseball's top prospects as recently as this season by Baseball America, Robnett just has not produced during his tenure with Trenton. The tank-built outfielder is hitting .240/.290/.661 in the minors this season and is fast approaching 25 years old. While his time in organized baseball may not be quite over, his stint with the Yankees should be.


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