We took a look at the Players of the Year for the Dominican Summer League Yankees, the Gulf Coast Yankees, the Pulaski Yankees, Staten Island Yankees, Charleston RiverDogs and the Tampa Yankees. Now we move to the Eastern League and take a look at who were the top hitters and pitchers for the Double-A Trenton Thunder.
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Let us take a look a look at some prospects who had an incredible year with the Trenton Thunder in 2015. This is based on their season statistics and is not based on their scouting report.
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INF – Tony Renda
The New York Yankees traded for Tony Renda on June 11, trading David Carpenter to the Washington Nationals in exchange. After playing in 54 games for the Harrisburg Senators he came over to the Trenton Thunder where he hit .270 over 73 games with 20 doubles, 1 triple and 2 homeruns, driving in 21 RBIs for the Thunder. Overall on the season he owned a .269 Batting average between the two Eastern League teams. Since arriving in the mid-season trade he became the regular second baseman for Trenton, playing the position in 64 games.
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Outfielder – Jake Cave
Outfielder Jake Cave was the most consistent hitter all season for the Trenton Thunder over 125 games in Double-A he hit .269 with 22 doubles, 5 triples and 2 homeruns while driving in 43 runners. He got a late-season promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he hit .458 over 7 games to bring his combined average to .278 for the season. Jake spent most of the season as the regular centerfielder for the Thunder, but also spent 16 games in left field and a game in right field before his promotion to AAA.
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RHP – Brady Lail
Brady Lail started the season in the rotation of the Tampa Yankees but after just one start he was promoted to Double-A. With the Trenton Thunder he impressed. In 0ver 20 games for the Thunder, 19 starts, he earned a 6-4 record with a 2.45 ERA, limiting opposing hitters to a .228 batting average and striking out 63 over 106 1/3 innings. Lail is not a strikeout pitcher, instead getting his outs via ground outs that allows him to go deeper into the game including a complete game on July 25. His success earned him a late-season call up to Triple-A where he was 3-2 with a 4.62 ERA over 7 starts for the RailRiders.
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RHP – Eric Ruth
Right-handed pitcher Eric Ruth was another pitcher who started the season with the Tampa Yankees before earning an early promotion to the Trenton Thunder. Over 20 games for Trenton, 19 starts, he earned a 9-5 record with a 3.20 ERA, striking out 77 batters over 112 1/3 innings pitched. Like Lail, Ruth is not a strike out pitcher, preferring to get outs via the ground out and also earned a brief 2-game cameo in Triple-A.
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