It was an exciting season for Trenton, who showed some consistent play across the season despite the coming and going of various players due to injury or promotion. Trenton Manager Tony Franklin picked up a much deserved EL Manager of the Year Award. While it is always disappointing to just fall short of a championship, I would think Thunder fans have a lot to get excited about in the next couple years. They have the opportunity to continue to shine as prospects like Ramon Flores, Tyler Austin and Mason Williams could see time there shortly.
Zoilo Almonte (OF): In 106 games, Almonte hit .277/.322/.487 with 21 homers, 23 doubles, 70 RBIs and fifteen stolen bases. He caused some excitement during Spring Training and has shown some good stuff.
David Adams (2B): Coming back from a nasty injury, Adams got better as the season progressed. He played 86 games and hit .306/.385/.450 with eight homers, 23 doubles and 48 RBIs.
Vidal Nuno (LHP): In 20 starts, Nuno went 9-5 with a 2.45 ERA. He held opposing hitters to a .252 average, struck out 100 and walked just 27.
Brett Marshall (RHP): Marshall had a strong season on the mound for Trenton. He went 13-7 with a 3.52 ERA over 27 starts. He racked up 120 Ks, allowing just 53 walks. He seems to improve each year as he advances, so it will be interesting to see how he does in Triple-A.
Players to Watch:
Shaeffer Hall (LHP): Hall’s makeup suggests a future as a reliever, but he turned in a strong season for Trenton, even if he didn’t always get much run support. He went 9-10 with a 3.67 ERA, striking out 100 and walking 41 in 27 starts.
Melky Mesa (OF): Mesa hit .277/.344/.464 for Trenton, with fourteen homers and eighteen doubles in 88 games. He stole seventeen bases, but struck out quite a bit (75) while rarely taking a walk (29). Mesa spent the later part of the season in Triple-A, where he struggled to hit for average but still knocked nine homers in 33 games. Now he’s hanging out in the Bronx.
Preston Claiborne (RHP): Claiborne made 30 relief appearances in Trenton, going 2-2 with a 2.22 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .195 average. He was promoted to Triple-A, where he had a little more trouble but continues to look good.