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South Jersey Baseball:
Navarro, Cano Headed to "AAA"
Adkins, Parrish, Cosme Sent From Columbus; Wiggins released...

Monday, June 28, 2004

By Dan Loney
Trenton Thunder Baseball Club

The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced today that C Dioner Navarro and INF Robinson Cano have been transferred from Trenton to the Columbus Clippers (AAA) of the International League. LHP Tim Adkins, C David Parrish and INF Caonoba Cosme have been sent from Columbus to Trenton. LHP Scott Wiggins has been released by the Yankees organization.

Both Navarro and Cano are ranked among the “Top 10” prospects in the New York Yankees system, according to Baseball America, and were recently voted to the World All-Stars at the Major League “Futures Game” in Houston, TX on Sunday, July 11th.

Navarro, rated the #1 prospect in the Yankees system by Baseball America, has a .271 batting average, 3 HR, 29 RBI in 70 games for Trenton this season. He started the 2003 season with Tampa, batting .299 in 52 games, but then exploded onto the scene with the Thunder, hitting .341, 4 HR, 37 RBI for Trenton last season as a 19-year old. Navarro has thrown out 42.5 % of base runners attempting to steal this season.

Cano, whose father, Jose, played in the Major Leagues with the Houston Astros, has a .301 BA, 7 HR, 44 RBI for the Thunder in 74 games this season. The “#6” prospect in the Yankees organization has been in a great stretch for Trenton at the plate. During his current 5-game hitting streak, Cano is 10-for-17 with a home run and 6 RBI. That week included a 4-for-6 game on Saturday night against the Binghamton Mets that included a home run and the game-winning RBI single in the 9th Inning. Trenton won that game, 6-5, in 11 innings. Cano is batting .327 for the month of June.

Adkins, who started the season with Trenton, has a 4.50 ERA in two innings of work with Columbus. Adkins was 0-3 with a 5.28 ERA for Trenton in 22 games. He was signed by the Yankees on June 25, 2003. Last season, Adkins split time between Triple-A Louisville and Double-A Chattanooga in the Cincinnati Reds organization and Triple-A Columbus. At Louisville, Adkins was 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 12 games. He was 0-2 with a 1.86 ERA in nine games at Chattanooga. And after being signed by the Yankees, Adkins was 3-2 with a 5.57 ERA in 28 games with Columbus. Adkins was originally a ninth round selection by Toronto in the 1992 draft.

Parrish has a .255 BA, 0 HR, 12 RBI in 31 games for Columbus this season. The Yorba Linda, CA native spent the first half of 2003 with Trenton, playing in 32 games with a .223 BA, 1 HR, 15 RBI. He was a 1st Round selection (28th Overall) in the 2000 Draft out of the University of Michigan.

Cosme was signed by the Yankees as a free agent in the off-season. He played for the Tennessee Smokies (AA) of the Southern League in 2003, where he was an All-Star. He batted .273, 6 HR, 45 RBI in 132 games for the St. Louis affiliate. In 2004, Cosme had a .248 BA, 3 HR, 32 RBI for Columbus.

Wiggins was 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in 16 appearances for the Thunder this season. He was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 7th Round of the 1997 June Draft. He spent the first 5 ½ seasons of his career in the Yankees organization before being traded to Toronto for Raul Mondesi (7/1/02). Wiggins appeared in three games for Toronto at the end of the 2002 season with no decisions and a 3.38 ERA.

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