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Trenton Thunder Named MILBY Team of Year

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

TRENTON, NJ – MiLB.com, the official website of Minor League Baseball, has named the Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the  Yankees, “Team of the Year” following a three-week online voting period this month. The honor is part of the annual “MiLBY” Awards which are presented by MiLB.com each fall. The Thunder were the champions of […]

After 20 Years, Quite a Thunder All-Star Team

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

I’ve managed to watch all 20 years of Trenton Thunder baseball. First the Tigers, then the Red Sox and now the Yankees supply players. The team will continue its 20th season celebration Friday night with the distribution of a commemorative All-Time Team card set, presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, for […]

Franklin Directing Yankees ‘Refining’ Process in Trenton

Monday, May 20th, 2013

TRENTON, N.J – Tony Franklin is presently in his seventh season as manager of the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees’ Double-A Eastern League affiliate. Over the years, what Franklin has done with the players the Yankees have sent to Trenton has not been noticed by the average fan. Certainly Franklin is mentioned among the best managers […]

Yankees Prospect Heathcott AIms to Make Part a Whole

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

TRENTON, N.J. – Almost any Yankees fan knows the story behind the story of Slade Heathcott, blue-chip outfield prospect with a world of talent. Heathcott, whose faith and girlfriend have shown him a path he can follow with comfort and confidence, is facing a key season with the Double-A Trenton Thunder. The 22-year-old native of […]

How Several Top Yankees Prospects are Faring

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

My home state of New Jersey is home to two affiliated minor league franchises, the Double A Eastern League Trenton Thunder, a New York Yankee affiliate, and the Low A South Atlantic League Lakewood Blue Claws, a Philadelphia Phillies affiliate. The Trenton home field is about 40 minutes away, while the Lakewood field is a […]

Trenton’s Tracy Emerges in Effort vs. Binghamton

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

TRENTON, N.J. – Every so often, it all falls into place for a starting pitcher. A pregame bullpen session with a good feel brings about a better feel on the mound, What results is a dominating performance Yankees’ No. 26 prospect – according to Baseball America – left-hander Matt Tracy turned in Monday night vs. […]

Roller Putting His Game Together with Thunder

Monday, April 29th, 2013

TRENTON, NJ – Trenton Thunder first baseman Kyle Roller hails from Rockingham, N.C, where NASCAR used to hold the race after the Daytona 500. Now the track, affectionately known as “The Rock,’’ hosts the Fast Track High Performance Driving School, which serves as a venue for NASCAR’s testing. So far this season, Roller has proven […]

Catching Prospect Murphy States Case in Trenton

Friday, April 26th, 2013

It’s a legitimate question. Is John Ryan Murphy, better known as JR, emerging as the best catcher in the Yankees farm system? “The way JR’s game has improved, how he’s a leader, and how he fights for us when he thinks a pitch is a strike makes him great to throw to,’’ said Trenton Thunder […]

Stevenson Showing He Belongs in Double-A

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

TRENTON, N.J. – Casey Stevenson knows what it’s like to be the last man standing – or added. Stevenson, who will turn 25 May 18, was surprised to come north with the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees’ Double-A farm team. He wasn’t present at the team’s preseason Media Day, but was in uniform for Trenton’s opener […]

Hall Among Lefty Relief Candidates in Trenton

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

TRENTON. N.J. – Shaeffer Hall admits he saw the writing on the wall back in Spring Training. His days as a starting pitcher in the Yankees system were over. “I looked at the schedule at the starters for our group’s games and I wasn’t on it,’’ Hall. The 25-year-old native of Independence. Mo., who pitched […]