After talking to various players, coaches, and staff members at Trenton Thunder Media Day on Tuesday, these were the points of interest that fans should be aware of before the season begins on Thursday night.
Bobby Mitchell revealed his pitching rotation to begin the season and it is as follows
- Brady Lail (10-6, 2.91 ERA in 2015) will take the ball on Opening Night against Erie.
- Cale Coshow (9-5, 2.45 ERA in 2015)
- Ronald Herrera (8-7, 4.08 ERA in 2015)
- Dietrich Enns (2-1, 0.61 ERA in 2015)
- Jordan Montgomery (10-8, 2.95 ERA in 2015
Mitchell said that the pitcher who stood out to him the most this spring was Ronald Herrera, who the Yankees acquired from the San Diego Padres in November in exchange for Jose Pirela. Herrera will begin the season as one of the youngest players in the Eastern League at just 20-years old. “He is very polished for his age,” said Mitchell. “His command and the way he throws strikes is impressive.” Herrera has been heralded for his impeccable control during his young career; in four seasons spanning 415 innings, Herrera has walked just 100 batters over that span.
The Yankees received Rule 5 pick Jake Cave back from the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday and have assigned him to Trenton. The 23-year old outfielder is expected to be in uniform and in the starting lineup for the Thunder on Thursday night.
Eric Ruth, who most expected to be in the Thunder rotation to begin the season, remains in extended spring training down in Tampa.
Tyler Austin says he feels 100 % healthy and is looking to go out and have fun this season. Manager Bobby Mitchell says that Austin spent most of the spring with the Scranton workout group and only saw him when they took on the Trenton group. Austin is embracing the opportunity to continue playing baseball and understands that 2016 is going to be a huge season that will weigh heavily on his future.
Mitchell says Dante Bichette Jr. had a tremendous spring offensively and thinks he is poised for a big 2016.
Dustin Fowler is looking forward to his first experience in the minor leagues upper-levels. He believes that his time in the Arizona Fall League will prove to be valuable as he adjusts to the talented pitchers in the Eastern League. Because Mitchell has spent the majority of his career as an outfield and baserunning coordinator, he labeled him as “his biggest project” with respect to his tools.