As the Trenton Thunder beat writer, it makes perfect sense that my first two Eastern League games of the season come at Erie’s Jerry Uht Park. Well, maybe not.
But given that I have to be out here for tomorrow night’s Trenton Steel game at Tullio Arena — yes, I write for their website – I wanted to get an early look at some of the top prospects from around the league. And the Seawolves and Altoona Curve certainly don’t have a shortage of those.
I spoke to the top Tigers prospect, 19-year-old pitcher Jacob Turner, as well the Pirates second best prospect, catcher Gary Sanchez. Both were selected in the top ten of the 2009 Draft. And I’ve been fortunate enough to catch up with some old Thunder friends as well.
Former Trenton assistant general manager and all around good guy Greg Coleman is the Seawolves team president, and ex-Trenton reliever Anthony Claggett is currently pitching for the Curve. So it’s been a fun trip both personally and professionally, and that’s just the baseball side of it.
I’ll be covering tomorrow’s game as well…if anyone has anyone specific they’d like to hear from or see video of, please let me know. I’ll have “know your opponents” stories on Turner and Sanchez, as well as a feature on Claggett coming soon…hey, I need something to fill space with the Thunder starting on the road. In the meantime, here are a few photos and videos from my trip so far:
I have no words…
Former Yankees farmhand Eric Fryer, who went yard in the second inning…
Seawolves starter L.J. Gagnier, who was sitting around 88-89 on his fastball.
Starling Marte, the Pirates fourth ranked prospect according to BA.
Tony Sanchez, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft and second best Pirates prospect.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com