Mitchell to make M's system debut Thursday
On the day the Yankees left Seattle with a series victory over the Mariners, a trio of former Bombers farmhands also made news inside the Seattle system.
The first was pitcher D.J. Mitchell, as Tacoma Rainiers announcer Mike Curto reported on Twitter Wednesday that Mitchell, who was traded to Seattle as part of Monday’s Ichiro Suzuki deal, would make his debut within the Mariners system Thursday.
Mitchell was assigned to the Triple-A Rainiers after the deal, and he is set to start the third game of the team’s four-game set with the Tucson Padres at Cheney Field on Thursday night. The right-hander, who had two stints with the Yankees in 2012, was 6-4 with a 5.04 ERA at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, and he will be joining fellow former Yankee Hector Noesi – who pitched in Tuesday’s series opener – as part of the Rainiers staff.
Danny Farquhar, the other pitcher acquired by Seattle in the Ichiro deal, was also assigned to Tacoma, and their arrivals after the 2-for-1 swap meant that a roster move would have to be made to accommodate them.
Somewhat ironically, that roster move ended up being Seattle’s release of RHP Jeff Marquez, who himself spent parts of six seasons in the Yankees organization.
Originally taken by the Bombers in the first round of the 2004 MLB Draft, Marquez was traded to the White Sox when the Yankees acquired Nick Swisher in November 2008. He was later claimed off waivers by the Bombers in June 2011, and pitched three games in pinstripes that month.
Marquez was signed by Seattle in the offseason, and was 4-8 with a 6.69 ERA in 17 games (14 starts) for Tacoma before being released.
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