Run by Josh Norris, The Trentonian's Thunder beat writer, this blog will cover the team, as well as the Eastern League and Minor League Baseball as a whole.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Mikey O'Brien coming to Trenton plus other Thunder moves
Per Zach Nuding on Twitter, Mikey O'Brien will join Trenton for his next turn in the rotation, which falls on Friday the 18th, when the Thunder will be in New Hampshire to take on the Fisher Cats.
Before the promotion, O'Brien was 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA in six starts and one relief appearance (behind Andy Pettitte). Those numbers are pretty darn good on their own, but they become even more impressive when you realize they include a disaster start.
He allowed eight earned runs on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings on April 21 and still has an ERA below 3.00. O'Brien hasn't allowed a longball this year, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio is nearly 3-to-1. He's held hitters to a .230 batting average.
I did this interview with him last year, when the RiverDogs came to New Jersey (much to their dismay) to play the Lakewood BlueClaws.
And while O'Brien's promotion isn't technically official just yet, Trenton did make a few moves before thumping Binghamton this evening, 10-1.
Shortstop Walter Ibarra was activated from the DL now that his sore middle finger has healed, Jose Toussen was sent back to Tampa and Craig Heyer, who left Sunday's outing with arm stiffness after three innings, was placed on the DL. Also, reliever Adam Miller, a former Indians top prospect, was sent from Scranton to Trenton.