Posts Tagged ‘Carl Pavano’

Thunder Announce All 15 Year Team

April 7, 2008

C: Dioner Navarro

INF: Tony Clark, Robinson Cano, Nomar Garciaparra, Kevin Youkilis, Pork Chop Pough

OF: Kevin Thompson, Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner

P: Phil Hughes, Justin Pope, Joba Chamberlain, Scott Patterson, Chien-Ming Wang, Carl Pavano, Ron Mahay, Corey Spencer, Jeff Suppan, Joe Hudson

Manager: Tony Franklin

We will continue our breakdown of the starting pitching, relief pitching and manager ballots shortly…let’s see if the fans made the right choices.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Best of 2007: Moment #8

March 6, 2008

Moment #8 – Alan Horne wins Pitcher of the Year
August 25, 2007
Trenton, NJ

Brad Taylor (left) hands Alan Horne the 2007 EL Pitcher of the Year Award / Photo by Mike Ashmore

The following is an excerpt from my August 30, 2007 article in the Hunterdon County Democrat

Two days before his start, Trenton Thunder pitcher Alan Horne was named to the Eastern League postseason All-Star team.

One day before his start, Alan Horne was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year.

During his start, Alan Horne showed why he deserved both of those honors.

With a chance to clinch the Northern Division title on the line, Horne spun six masterful innings in Trenton, holding the Binghamton Mets to one run on four hits, giving his team a chance to win a game they eventually lost in fourteen innings, 3-2.

However, with the team’s magic number at one before the start of the game, and with Portland losing their game to New Hampshire, the Thunder secured the division with eight games left to play in the regular season.

“The guys have been fantastic all year, they’ve played well,” said Thunder skipper Tony Franklin.

“I congratulated them and I thanked them, because they really came to work with a purpose every day.”

But where would they be without Horne?

In a year where the Thunder have used no fewer than 25 pitchers, Horne is one of just four to have stayed the entire season.

With a 12-4 record, a 2.91 ERA, and league leading strikeout total of 161, there seemed to be no other choice for Pitcher of the Year honors.

“I’m very excited about it, there are a lot of other very good pitchers in this league they could have given it to,” Horne said.

“I’m definitely proud to represent our team on the All-Star list, and now as Pitcher of the Year. It’s just awesome, I don’t really know what to say about it.”

Horne is only the second pitcher in Trenton Thunder history to win the award, with the much-maligned Carl Pavano being the first.

“Well, hopefully I’ll have a little better path down the road than that one,” joked Horne.

With his breakout 2007 season behind him, Horne looks to 2008 with a chance to crack the big league roster at some point.  It would appear as though he’ll start his season in the rotation at Triple-A Scranton.

Recapping the Top 20 so far…

#8 – Alan Horne wins Pitcher of the Year
#9 – Trenton finally beats Portland in the playoffs
#10 – Shelley Duncan’s impact with the Yankees
#11 – The emergence of Austin Jackson
#12 – Tony Franklin named Thunder manager
#13 – Matt DeSalvo’s MLB debut
#14 – Phil Hughes rehab appearance
#15 – Tyler Clippard’s MLB debut
#16 – Brett Smith’s no-hitter
#17 – Chase Wright’s MLB debut
#18 – Chase Wright’s opening night start
#19 – Paul Lo Duca and Endy Chavez rehab in Trenton
#20 – Jeff Karstens rehab appearance

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Best of 2007: Moment #17

January 15, 2008

Jason Varitek’s Bat In Cooperstown / Photo by Mike Ashmore (2007)

Moment #17 – Chase Wright’s MLB Debut
April 17, 2007
Bronx, NY

It seemed to be a pretty common misconception in Trenton last year that Chase Wright’s Major League debut was the infamous game in Fenway Park where he gave up four consecutive home runs to the Boston Red Sox.

While it was a historic one, it certainly was not a best moment from last season.

But his actual debut, a five inning outing at Yankee Stadium against the Indians on April 17th, could certainly qualify.

After just two starts in a Thunder uniform, both at Waterfront Park, Wright was summoned to the big leagues by the Yankees after a very stunning and unexpected injury to former Eastern League Pitcher of the Year Carl Pavano.

While Wright and since-traded reliever Jeff Kennard were the only members of the Thunder on the Yankees 40-man roster at the time, the move was still somewhat unexpected since he’d be getting his chance before the likes of Phil Hughes, Tyler Clippard, Matt DeSalvo, Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain. 

Granted, Kennedy and Chamberlain were known to very few at that time, but when you consider how many rookie pitchers made an impact with the Yankees in 2007, the fact that Wright got the first shot is impressive.

Perhaps more impressive was how Wright handled himself in his debut, collecting his first big league win while allowing three runs on five hits.

“He went after people. There was a lot of quality there,” Yankees manager Joe Torre told reporters after the game.

“He has a presence about him that makes you feel pretty comfortable.”

But Wright got rocked in his next game to such an extent that the bat that Jason Varitek used to hit the fourth consecutive home run off of him currently resides in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

“I felt good, I felt more comfortable for that game than I did at Yankee Stadium,” Wright said after his return to Trenton.

“I just made some bad pitches, and they took advantage. But I felt fine, I felt as prepared as I could be. I was revved up as it is, it was Sunday Night Baseball versus Daisuke (Matsuzaka).”

However, Wright’s self-destruction at Fenway worked out well for the Thunder, as he was eventually sent back down to Double-A and played a large role in helping the team win their first championship.

“It’s been a wild ride, I never expected to get up to the big leagues that early,” he told me in August.

“The way I looked at it was I thought I’d be in Double-A all year. If I put up good numbers and pitched well, maybe in August I could get a chance in Scranton and then get an opportunity to go up.”

Wright did go back up in September, but went back up to the big leagues instead of Scranton. He appeared in one more game, picking up his second Major League victory in relief on September 30th against the hapless Baltimore Orioles.

What does 2008 hold for Wright?  It would seem very likely he’ll be at the top of the rotation in Triple-A Scranton, and most likely near the top of the list for another Major League call-up.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com