But this time, he’s not coming to Trenton.
According to a press release via the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, relief pitcher Paul Bush has been signed by the New York Yankees and is to report to Triple-A Scranton.
Bush’s numbers in Somerset were good, and I actually was at his last outing for the Patriots on Sunday. As many of you know, and as Chad mentions in his write-up, I cover the Atlantic League as well. When the Thunder are on the road, I’m in Somerset. When Somerset’s on the road, I’m in Trenton. When both teams are home, I’m generally in Trenton.
Anyway, Bush carried an 0.59 ERA into that outing and left with a 1.62. In one and a third innings, he gave up four hits and two runs, walking one. But he did strike out three. Regardless, it wasn’t the best I’d seen him.
As you know, this is the second time the Yankees organization has dipped into the Atlantic League this year, previously signing outfielder Noah Hall and sending him to Trenton. Quite likely their most notable signing out of that league came in 2006, when Scott Patterson was picked up out of Lancaster.
A 29-year-old righty, all of Bush’s experience prior to his inaugural foray into indy ball was in the Atlanta Braves system, where he got as high as Triple-A Richmond.
Check out a feature by good friend and colleague Ryan Dunleavy to learn some more about Bush.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com