Looking Back at the 2011 Trenton Thunder

Though the Thunder had two of the most dynamic pitching prospects in the Yankees farm system, their pitching as a whole was lackluster.  They consistently ranked fourth from the bottom in most pitching categories, where they had a combined ERA of 4.04, WHIP of 1.43, 1001 strikeouts and 472 walks.  They recorded just two shutouts, the least of any of the EL teams.

Curtain Calls:
Raymond Kruml (3B): Kruml led the Thunder with a line of .290/.335/.387/.722.  He led the team with 37 stolen bases, getting caught eleven times.  Despite a strong offensive performance, he needs to improve his plate discipline.  He struck out 107 times and walked just 31 times.  He knocked five homers, eight triples and thirteen doubles, scoring 70 runs and driving in 35.

Austin Romine (C): Romine got his first hacks in he majors in October, but before that he worked hard in Trenton, hitting .286/.351/.378/.729 with 47 RBIs and 43 runs scored.  He hit six homers and thirteen doubles.

Dellin Betances (SP): The New York native also made his debut in Pinstripes after going 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA in 21 starts.  It was an up-and-down year for the kid, who struggled with some minor injuries at first, but he managed to pick up 115 strikeouts in the process.  He had a WHIP of 1.34 and walked 55.

Manuel Banuelos (SP): The other Double-A “Killer B” went 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA in 20 starts.  He picked up 94 Ks and walked 52.

Players to Watch:
Corban Joseph (2B): The young infielder went .277/.353/.415/.768.  He struck out 104 times with 59 walks.  He had five homers, eight triples and 38 doubles.  Joseph committed 23 errors over the season, which continues to build some concern over his defensive potential.

Austin Krum (OF): Krum hit .255/.340/.342/.681 with 30 RBIs, two homers, four triples and ten doubles.  He also had nineteen stolen bases.

Pat Venditte (RP): The Yankees infamous switch pitcher has never truly been considered a prospect, but he moved through the lower levels of the minors pretty smoothly.  Trenton seemed to be where he has found some of his first true tests, but he still ended the year with some decent numbers.  He was 3-7 with a 3.40 ERA over 90 innings pitched in 51 games.  He struck out 88 batters while issuing 31 walks.

Graham Stoneburner (SP): Stoneburner started the season strong, but was sidelined by injury and seemed to struggle when he came back.  He ended the year 1-5 with a 4.17 ERA over eleven starts.  He had 36 strikeouts with twenty walks and a 1.58 WHIP.

End Of Season Honors:
Baseball America ranked three Trenton Thunder players in their top 20 Eastern League prospects list.  Manuel Banuelos came in sixth, Dellin Betances came in ninth and Austin Romine came in seventeenth.  Austin Krum picked up a  Rawlings Gold Glove award for his work in the outfield.