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2011 Opening Day Roster Set

April 4, 2011

The 2011 Trenton Thunder Opening Day roster will look like this…

PITCHERS

Cory Arbiso
Wilkins Arias
Manny Banuelos
Dellin Betances
Steve Garrison
Shaeffer Hall
Fernando Hernandez
Craig Heyer
Kei Igawa
Tim Norton
Naoya Okamoto
Graham Stoneburner
Pat Venditte

CATCHERS

Myron Leslie
Austin Romine

INFIELDERS

Corban Joseph
Addison Maruszak
Yadil Mujica
Jose Pirela

OUTFIELDERS

Cody Johnson
Austin Krum
Ray Kruml
Melky Mesa
Jake Rye
Damon Sublett

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11 of the 25 players are returnees (Arbiso, Arias, Banuelos, Betances, Norton, Venditte, Romine, Joseph, Krum, Rye and Sublett).  Only one player, Igawa, has Major League experience.  Igawa, at 31 years old, is also the oldest player.  Banuelos is 20 years old, making him the youngest.

The Thunder pitching staff has six lefties, six righties and Pat Venditte.  Arias, Igawa and Okamoto are the lefties out of the pen, while Hall, Banuelos and Garrison are your lefty starters.

Once the catching situation sort of corrects itself at the big league level, I’d anticipate Leslie either being sent down or paper DL’d and Jose Gil will join the team as Romine’s backup.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Media Day Tomorrow

April 4, 2011

The Trenton Devils season is over. The Trenton Steel…well, let’s not talk about what happened to me in the penalty box on Sunday.

But the Trenton Thunder…ah yes, they’re back.

Media Day is tomorrow, and it’s your first look at the 2011 team. The official roster should be released between now and then, and I’ll be sure to talk to all the key components on this year’s team and pass that along to you. If anyone has anyone specific they want to hear from, be sure to post that in the comments…or find me on Twitter at Mashmore98


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