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

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Top 10 Thunder players for 2012 - No. 1: Zoilo Almonte

Bio: Signed as a 16-year-old at the July 2nd deadline in 2005, Almonte has slowly worked his way through the system, flying mostly under the radar. He's a smallish, switch-hitting outfielder with a set of tools just now beginning to blossom. If he can build on last year's breakout, the Yankees might have a little more help when it comes to developing position players.

2011: The aforementioned breakout. With Tampa, Almonte hitting a whopping .293/.368/.514 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs in just 70 games. That earned him a July bump to Trenton. He didn't quite keep up his High-A pace, but he flashed enough potential to become, in my mind, the most intriguing piece of the potential Opening Day Thunder lineup.

What's Next: Almonte will probably bat cleanup with the Thunder and is a good bet to stay with Trenton all year. 


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