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

Monday, January 9, 2012

Top 10 Thunder players from 2011 - No. 7: Austin Krum

Why He's Here: Krum had two distinct stretches with the Thunder. The first lasted from Opening Day until May 20, and the second spanned from Aug. 4 until season's end. He provided valuable experience to an otherwise green team, added an element of speed on the bases and played excellent defense in both left and center field. 

Here's how his two terms in Trenton broke down: 

Stretch 1: .242/.348/.293, 6 2B, 3B, 0 HR, 13 RBIs, 14 SB, 0 CS
Stretch 2: .273/.328/.405, 4 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBIs, 5 SB, 3 CS

Most Memorable Moment: See that triple during the Krum's first stint? That was one of the crazier triples you'll ever see, because half the players on the field thought it was a home run. For a clearer look, here's a link to the game story from that day.

In a nutshell, Krum's long fly ball to right field hit the top of the wall and bounced back into play. The hit won the game, but it wasn't easy. The winning runner, Addison Maruszak, as well as third-base coach Justin Pope, thought the ball had left the yard. Both men realized the ball was in play very late, and Maruszak barely beat the throw home.

Aside from Jeanmar Gomez's perfect game a few years ago, it was the craziest end to a game I've seen at Waterfront Park.

Outlook for 2012: Krum's case for 2012 is interesting. On merit, he should be at Triple-A, but Cole Garner, DeWayne Wise, Kevin Russo, Dan Brewer, Ray Kruml and Chris Dickerson all could make the same case. Similarly, the Trenton outfield could easily filled without Krum. Zoilo Almonte, DeAngelo Mack and Melky Mesa would do the trick. With that in mind, I wouldn't be surprised to see Krum reduced to a fourth outfielder's role or wind up "injured" for most of the year. 


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