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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Top 10 Players for 2011 - No. 5

Every Wednesday, Minor Matters will unveil its top 10 Thunder players to watch next season. Considering that the Tampa Yankees took home the Florida State League crown in 2010, there's no reason to believe that the upcoming season will have a shortage of talent around the diamond.

No. 5 - Shaeffer Hall

The Yankees' 25th-round selection in 2009, Hall starred as a Kansas Jayhawk. He, along with Stephen Strasburg (remember him?), is one of two pitchers to throw a no-hitter against Air Force. He's an affable left-hander who was also drafted in 2006 (Rangers) and 2008 (Indians).

2010 season: Hall started his first full year with the Charleston RiverDogs, with whom he excelled over the first half. In 68 innings before his promotion, he posted a 1.85 ERA, a WHIP of 0.93, and just one home run. With Tampa, he went 9-5 with a 3.91 ERA over 69 innings. He also threw five shutout innings in the T-Yanks' first playoff game.

What's Next: If Lance Pendleton gets kept by Houston (likely, I think), there's a pretty good chance he starts the season in Trenton's rotation, along with Graham Stoneburner, Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos and Cory Arbiso.

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