Quakes all-star shortstop Jake Lemmerman had an inkling before Thursday’s game but didn’t know for sure until a few hours later when he was told he had been promoted to Double-A Chattanooga.
“They kind of hinted at it before the game,” Lemmerman said after Thursday’s game as he cleaned out his locker. “And then I found out for sure. I’m really excited to be going to a new league and I already know a lot of the guys there who were here earlier this year, like (Allen) Webster, (Steven) Ames, (Shawn) Tolleson, and Griff (Gorman Erickson).”
Lemmerman was not in Thursday’s starting lineup, and then was placed on the inactive list prior to the game and Pedro Guerrero was activated so he could replace injured Tony Delmonico in the starting lineup. Lemmerman’s promotion was official after Thursday’s game.
“He’s done a great job for us all year. Hit around .290, been solid all around,” Quakes manager Juan Bustabad said. “Our job is to prepare guys for the next level and that’s what we did.”
Lemmerman, a California League all-star in June, batted .293 with eight home runs, 54 RBIs, 71 runs scored and nine stolen bases for the Quakes. Bustabad said that Wilberto Ortiz and Rafael Ynoa will share the starting shortstop role. Ynoa will also play some second base with Jaime Pedroza.
In another development, espnla.com was reporting Thursday that the Dodgers had signed first-round draft pick Chris Reed, a left-hander from Stanford and that he would join the Quakes. Bustabad said he has not been told anything about Reed.