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

Monday, June 6, 2011

Draft day memories from Romine and Joseph, and some Williams Jerez info

Yes, Yankees fans, Gerrit Cole went No. 1 overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and I'm sure plenty of you are still sore over him spurning New York in 2008. To quell that feeling, here are a few stories from members of the Thunder about their draft experiences.

Corban Joseph: "I wanted to play professional ball from the get-go. I wanted to take my chances at fulfilling my dreams, and that was one thing I had to realize. When the numbers weren't right, you kind of have to go ahead and make a choice, and I decided to go ahead and sign."

Austin Romine: "From what I remember, the first round came, went, the supplemental round came, went. The second round was almost over, and I think I was the last pick of the second round. I was getting ready to go to college, and the Yankees called and said 'What's it gonna take? We're thinking this. Where are you at?'"

As Kevin Goldstein mentioned earlier at Baseball Prospectus, Williams Jerez makes a lot of sense for the Yankees. He played at Grand Street High School, Dellin Betances' alma mater, and also for Hank's Yanks, a scout team sponsored by Yankees' owner Hank Steinbrenner.

Moreover, he's a young, toolsy outfielder who wants a hefty sum of cash to sign, a combination that fits right into New York's wheelhouse of late.

Here's a quick video of him, courtesy of YouTube, homering off of Mariano Rivera Jr. as a member of Hank's Yanks.


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