LEXINGTON, KY — The Houston Astros and New York Yankees agreed to a
trade Wednesday evening that sent Lexington Legend second baseman Matt
Cusick to the Yankees in exchange for veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
“I have mixed feelings about the trade,” Cusick said Thursday. “Of
course, I’m thrilled to be apart of the winningest team in professional
baseball and the most prestigious organization in sports, but on the
other hand, I’m saying goodbye to a lot of good friends, players and
Cusick, 22, was the Astros’ 10th-round pick in the 2007
First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern California.
In his first full-season of professional baseball in Class A Lexington,
Cusick batted .285 (100-for-351) in 94 games, with 55 runs scored, 23
doubles, nine home runs, 38 RBIs and 40 walks.
“The Astros are a first class organization,” Cusick added. “It was an
honor to play for them and have them draft me and believe in me.”
Among the highlights of Cusick’s tenure in Lexington, included
hitting a leadoff home-run in three consecutive games in April, an
unconfirmed minor league baseball record, from April 14th through April
16th. The former USC Trojan and 2008 SAL Mid-Season All-Star came
inches from adding a fourth-consecutive in Hickory, but settled for a
double off the left-centerfield wall, instead.
On Wednesday, he concluded his Legends career with a lead-off
home-run against the Hagerstown Suns. It was Cusick’s ninth home-run of
LaTroy Hawkins was 1-1 with a 5.71 ERA for the Yankees this
season after signing a one-year, $3.75 million contract in December.
The Astros will be Hawkins’ sixth team in his 14 year major league
You can find the story along with more written by Legends radio play-by-play man, Rob Gidel on http://www.lexingtonlegends.com
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