Some interesting stats via the Trenton Times:
Since 2003, only 29 of the 250 players (8.6 percent) drafted by the Yankees have even reached [Double-A] Trenton.
Just six of those 29 — Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, T.J. Beam, Jeff Karstens and Tyler Clippard — have made it to the big leagues.
More ominous is that only 10 percent of players who sign minor league contracts will play in a major league game.
The rest, unfortunately, largely help keep the machine greased and are forced to take a backseat to some of those 10 percent.
Makes you wonder if this current Trenton Thunder team is special – since so many players on it seem destined to make the big leagues, and soon. J.B. Cox, David Robertson, Mark Melancon, Alfredo Aceves, Daniel McCutchen, Austin Jackson, and Jose Tabata have all played for Trenton this season – and most Yankees fans think they all will be starring in the Bronx someday too.
Maybe the 2008 Trenton Thunder will be like the 1992 Greensboro Hornets – in terms of being a nice minor league snapshot of the players who will be leading the Yankees in the future?