Off to Charleston: Mario Holmann Promoted

There were some transactions going on in the Yankee Farm System on this day including a free agent signing, a release and a promotion as well. Of course, highlighting this day of transactions was the promotion of exciting, second base prospect, Mario Holmann.

When word came out that Mario Holmann was remaining in extended spring training to begin the 2005 season, it gave everyone somewhat of a shock. And, of course, it was disappointing for Holmann as well. However, with a nagging wrist injury and some adjustments to his stance at the plate, the reasoning behind the move became more clear as time passed. With the attitude of Mario Holmann though, nothing was going to hold him back from an outstanding performance in extended spring training. So, as a reward for that, the Yankees elected to promote Holmann to their full season low A affiliate, the Charleston RiverDogs.

Holmann, who has been on an absolute tear over the past two weeks, couldn't have deserved this promotion more. In fact, in those past two weeks, the speedy infielder was hitting a cool .478, pacing the extended squad's offense. Not to mention, the soon to be 21 year old was absolutely elated when he received the news on Wednesday morning. "I think that this is just unbelievable," the overjoyed second baseman explains. "I have no words to express how I really feel right now. It is just awesome. It is unbelievable." So, now with Holmann on the way to Charleston, that could only mean that he will be manning second base long term for them. He could be in the lineup for the RiverDogs as early as Thursday.

As for who he is replacing, this certainly means that the backup second baseman, Ryan Haag, will be relinquishing his temporary starting job. There has also been strong speculation that the injured Justin Christian, who has been day to day, might be on his way south to play for the High A Tampa Yankees. Either that or his injury might be more serious than originally thought. All that should be cleared up by sometime Thursday.

Now, for some more minor transaction notes. Charleston, right handed reliever, Randy Vanderplow was released on Wednesday and free agent signing, Kevin Rival will take his spot in the bullpen as a righty reliever. Also noteworthy on this day was the demotion of RHP, Carlos Rosario to extended spring training.

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