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

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Baseball is back and the lineup is here (now with video)

Hot off the presses, here's your Opening Day Thunder lineup:

Abe Almonte - LF
Ronnier Mustelier - 3B
David Adams - 2B
Zoilo Almonte - RF
Rob Lyerly - 1B
Melky Mesa - CF
Dan Brewer - DH
Jose Gil - C
Walter Ibarra - SS
Shaeffer Hall - SP

New Hampshire
John Tolisano - LF
Jonathan Diaz - 2B
A.J. Jimenez - C
Brad Glenn - RF
Mike McDade - 1B
Brian Van Kirk - DH
Mark Sobolewski - 3B
Ryan Goins - SS
Justin Jackson
Drew Hutchison - SP

Not a bad little lineup to start the year. Doubles power from 2 through 6, at the very least. 

Couple of familiar names on the New Hampshire lineup. There's Fernando Hernandez, the former Thunder closer; Brett Cecil, the formerly high-value prospect; Koby Clemens, son of Suzyn Waldman's greatest inspiration; and Brian Bocock, he of five at-bats last year with the Phillies.

Update 3:48: Just spoke to Hernandez and Fasano for probably a small feature about Hernandez for either online or tomorrow in print. Fasano also had really great stuff to say about Travis d'Arnaud's development and the value of framing in a catcher's defensive package. He also made sure to remind me that "framing is for carpenters" and "receiving is for catchers."

Update 5:59: Per the sheet inside the door, Josh Romanski will take the ball Monday. He already knows as much. Tuesday's starter is now unclear, but Heyer, even if he pitches tonight, would be on turn for Tuesday.

Also spoke to Gustavo Molina and Jose Gil for a feature on life in the Venezuelan League in the wake of the Wilson Ramos kidnapping mess. Dan Brewer mentioned on Media Day that he arrived in the VWL right before Ramos was kidnapping, so I figured there would be enough for a feature there.

You'll probably see that later in the week. Right now, it's T-minus an hour until baseball, and the Fisher Cats are on the field doing outfield drills.

Update 7:45: It's 2-0 Thunder in the second on the strength of game-opening doubles from Abe Almonte and Ronnier Mustelier and a single three hitters later from Melky Mesa.


Anonymous Andy in Sunny Daytona said...

Don't underestimate Abe Almonte's power.

April 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM 

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