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

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Top 10 Players for 2011 - No. 6

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. 6 - Jose Gil

Bio: Gil has seen Trenton twice, playing a combined 43 games in 2009 and 2010. In that time, he's homered seven times and driven in 29 runs. He was signed by the Yankees in 2005, and recently was re-signed by the club after a brief dabble into free agency. Back in the fold, he's a good bet to be the Thunder's starting catcher in 2011.

2010 season: Gil began the year as Austin Romine's backup, and was doing a fine job before being sent to Tampa when the Yankees plucked Rene Rivera from the Atlantic League. He wasn't much to write home about at the plate (.236/.305/.758), but threw out 11 of 24 potential base-stealers in just 26 games.

What's Next: As I mentioned earlier, Gil is a good bet to be Trenton's primary backstop in 2011, especially with Myron Leslie and Rene Rivera also on the market as minor league free agents. He also may split time with Mitch Abeita, who manned part of the duties at High-A before Gil's demotion.

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