Marquez Claimed By Yankees, Returns To Organization

The New York Yankees have claimed former Trenton Thunder starting pitcher Jeff Marquez off of waivers from the Chicago White Sox and assigned him directly to the active Major League roster.

Eric Chavez was placed on the 60-Day DL to make room for Marquez on the 40-man roster.  The move is perhaps indicative that the organization doesn’t feel that any of their starters in Scranton are ready for such a move.

Marquez was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2004 draft (41st overall), and spent five seasons in the organization before being dealt to the White Sox in the Nick Swisher trade.  Marquez had his breakout season in Trenton in 2007, posting a 15-9 mark with a 3.65 ERA in 27 starts for the Thunder, barely losing out on Eastern League Pitcher of the Year honors to teammate Alan Horne.

He returned to Trenton late in the 2008 season and helped pitch the Thunder to their second consecutive Eastern League title.

Marquez made his Major League debut with the White Sox last season, appearing in just one game.  He allowed two runs on two hits (including a home run) and had spent his time in the organization with Triple-A Charlotte otherwise.  He’d recently been designated for assignment by Chicago.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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