Gomez is First Ever Patriots Player to Go Directly to Majors
A bit of history was made Friday afternoon, as right handed pitcher Yoendrys Gomez has been called up to the New York Yankees after spending the entire season in Double-A Somerset.
It’s historic because, Gomez is the first player in Somerset Patriots history to get a direct call up to the Majors from Double-A. According to a press release issued by the Somerset Patriots, Gomez “becomes the 10th player this year to make his MLB debut after time in Somerset and the 26th overall since the team became the Yankees Double-A affiliate in 2021.”
Overall, Gomez was 0-3 with a 3.58 ERA. In 65.1 innings pitched he struck out 78 batters for Somerset this season.
A key member of the Patriots Double-A Eastern League Championship in 2002, Gomez did not pitch in the Patriots two playoff games against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies this week.
Gomez is ranked 26th among the Yankees top 30 prospects. As mentioned, he joins a long list of players who have passed through TD Bank Ballpark on the way to the Bronx. He joins the likes of Oswaldo Cabrera, Oswald Peraza, Jasson Dominguez, Anthony Volpe, Austin Wells, and Estavan Florial have all made their bones in Somerset before making it eventually to the Big Leagues.
The right-handed Gomez was signed out of Venezuela by the Yankees back in 2016.
Meanwhile, Manager Raul Dominguez spoke with reporters prior to the Patriots playoff game against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. While it was hours before Somerset would fall in Game 2 of the series to the Ponies, Dominguez was very reflective on his first season in Somerset as Skipper, adding he would hope to be back in Bridgewater next summer at the top step of the dugout.