May 8, 2009 - Eastern League (EL) - Trenton Thunder
(Trenton, NJ)- The Trenton Thunder, Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that LHP Wilkin De La Rosa has been promoted from Tampa (High-A) to Trenton. De La Rosa will start tonight against Binghamton (Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets). To clear a spot for De La Rosa on the roster, C P.J. Pilittere was transferred from Trenton to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A).
De La Rosa is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three starts for Tampa this season. In 2008, the 6-foot left-hander made 32 combined appearances (11 starts) between Tampa and Charleston going 9-4 with a 2.11 ERA. The El Seibo, Dominican Republic native was converted from an outfielder to a pitcher prior to the 2007 season, and has a career .224 batting average. In his first season as a pitcher in 2007, the southpaw went 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 12 appearances with the Gulf Coast League Yankees. De La Rosa, who is a member of the 40-man roster, was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on November 15, 2001.
Pilittere did not appear in a game with the Thunder. He had a .317 BA with a home run and five RBI in 12 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He appeared in 97 games for the Thunder in 2008, and batted .277 with three home runs and 48 RBI. He was selected to the Eastern League All-Star game, and led the Thunder to the Eastern League Championship. In 2007, he appeared in a career-high 100 games for the Thunder and hit .261 with two home runs and 34 RBI. Pilittere was originally selected in the 13th round of the 2004 draft from Cal-State Fullerton. He led Cal-State Fullerton to the 2004 College World Series Title.
Trenton returns Waterfront Park tonight to begin a three-game series against the Binghamton Mets. De La Rosa will be opposed by RHP Dylan Owen (0-2, 6.66). Game time is set for 7:05 pm. To purchase tickets call 609-394-3300 or order online at www.trentonthunder.com.