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Thunder Slugger Peter O’Brien Selected to Play in MLB Futures Game

by Matt Kardos | Posted on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Major League Baseball announced the rosters for their annual All-Star  Futures Game on Tuesday. Among the young promising stars heading to Target Field in Minnesota for the prestigious prospect showcase on July 13 is Trenton Thunder first baseman, Peter O’Brien. The 23-year old slugger has captured attention by establishing himself as one of the premiere power-hitters in all of baseball. O’Brien currently ranks third in all of MiLB behind Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant with his 25 total home-runs.

Reggie Jackson talks to Peter O'Brien in Trenton.

Reggie Jackson talks to Peter O’Brien in Trenton.

O’Brien began his season with the Yankees High-A affiliate in Tampa by blasting 10 homers in just 112 at-bats over 30 games. The organization quickly promoted O’Brien to Double-A Trenton and his torrid campaign did not skip a beat despite the more advanced pitching in the Eastern League. The University of Miami product has hit 15 homers in 42 games with the Thunder and trails the league leader, Christian Walker, by only three for the league lead despite playing in 32 less games.

O’Brien will represent the Yankees for team USA along with Gallo and Bryant, who together compose one of the most powerful Futures Game rosters in recent memory.

“I’ve never had a player come up and hit for power like he has in my eight seasons,” said Thunder Manager Tony Franklin. “When you see Pete hit a baseball, you realize that he is a little different than everyone else.”

Hall-of-Famer and Yankees advisor, Reggie Jackson recently visited Arm & Hammer Park and followed the sentiments of Franklin. He spoke glowingly of O’Brien and the rare “easy power” that he has displayed.

“You have got to look at  [Darryl] Strawberry to see that kind of power,” admitted Jackson. “He hits like me, and that’s a compliment.” Jackson added that O’Brien’s special power reminded him of some of the elite home-run hitters that the game has ever seen;  he specifically named guys like Dave Kingman, Dick Allen, and Willie McCovey.

Also representing the Yankees in Minnesota will be star-studded pitching prospect, Luis Severino, who will oppose O’Brien on the World team. The 20-year old hurler dominated Low-A Charleston before being promoted to Tampa last week. Severino has gone 3-3 with a 2.99 ERA and fanned 78 batters in 72 innings this season.

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