Getting to know Ronnier Mustelier

Mustelier has moved quickly through the farm system, which is to be expected for a player of his age.  He started in the GCL last season, but after hitting .500/.524/.550 over five games, the Yankees quickly moved him up.  He skipped Charleston completely and found himself in Tampa, where he played the remainder of the season.  He hit .333/.378/.524 over 31 games with thirteen doubles, a triple, three homers and six stolen bases.

Starting this season in Trenton, Mustelier has shown no signs of slowing down.  He hit .353/.412/.598 over 25 games and has five homers.  He has been a happy surprise for a Trenton team that entered the season with a lot of question marks, but now they will be looking for someone else to take that role, as he gets his chance with Empire State.  Tony Franklin, the Trenton manager, thinks the promotion is “well deserved” and said, “I think you might see him pretty soon in the big leagues, he can hit.”

Clearly, Mustelier can hit, but we all know that alone does not land you a chance in the Bronx, right Jorge Vazquez?  Mustelier does have a bit more than a strong bat in his arsenal.  He is actually a pretty solid third baseman and can hold his own in the outfield – which is more than we can say for some of the guys we have seen patrolling the outfield in the Bronx.  He primarily split his time this season between third and left field, but has played all outfield positions along with second base during his career.  That said, it does not sound like second base is the place for him.  He can swipe a few bags and seems to keep his strikeouts fairly low, so Mustelier seems to have a fair amount to offer. Mike Ashmore believes the Yankees want to see if Mustelier can turn into a big league utility player.  The way this season has gone, if he can continue to impress with Empire State, Mustelier may get a shot in the Bronx this year.


About Tamar Chalker

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

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