Four Thunder Players Selected to All-Star Game
The Eastern League in conjunction with its teams announced the rosters for the leagues annual All-Star game at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona next Wednesday night. The Trenton Thunder will send four players to represent the Eastern Division in the showcase event; outfielder Ben Gamel, catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Peter O’Brien and starting pitcher Matt Tracy.
Gamel has been the most consistent and steady bat in the Thunder lineup this season, having played in a team-high 85 games. The scrappy lefty leads the team in hits (102) and doubles (23) while hitting at a very respectable .284 mark in his first full-season at the Double-A level.
Sanchez entered 2014 with enormous expectations after being dubbed as the Y
ankees top-prospect by most major media outlets. The 21-year old backstop has crushed nine homers and has driven in a team-best 44 runs in his first full-season in the Eastern League. Sanchez was previously name a Florida State League and South Atlantic League all-star over the last two seasons.
O’Brien will have a busy week ahead of him. Before playing in Wednesday night’s game, the slugger will be participating in the MLB Futures Game at Target Field in Minnesota on Sunday. The 23-year old slugger, who will turn 24 on Tuesday, leads the Thunder in homers with 15 despite playing in just 53 games for the team. O’Brien blasted 10 homers in 30 games for High-A Tampa before taking the Eastern League by storm in May. O’Brien captured the attention of baseball fans across the country in May by hitting 10 homers in his first 22 games with Trenton. Currently, O’Brien ranks third in all of MiLB with 25 homers.
Tracy has been the most reliable arm in the revolving door that has been the Thunder rotation. With a constant slew of injuries and promotions throughout the year, the 25-year old southpaw leads the team in wins (8), starts (14), innings (82.1) and ranks 10th best in qualified EL starting pitchers with a 3.28 ERA.
Trenton Skipper Tony Franklin and his coaching staff will have the honor of managing the Eastern Division squad after leading the Thunder to his third championship victory in 2013.
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