(Trenton, NJ) The season's premiere pitching matchup will take place Tuesday at Waterfront Park as Thunder ace Brett Marshall is slated to face last year's number one overall draft pick Gerrit Cole. In addition, New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain, who is recovering from a dislocated ankle, is expected to make a rehabilitation appearance for the Thunder.
Eastern League All Star Brett Marshall has shined this season posting an 11-4 record with a 2.90 ERA with Trenton. Marshall leads the Eastern League in wins (11), and is 3rd overall in ERA (2.90). Entering the season Marshall was rated the #11 prospect in the Yankees organization by Baseball America.
Tuesday Marshall will face Altoona's RHP Gerrit Cole, the 2011 No. 1 overall draft pick and #1 rated prospect in the Pirates organization. Cole was originally drafted by the Yankees in the first round (28th overall) in 2008 out of Orange Lutheran High School but opted to attend UCLA. Cole started the season at high Class A Bradenton, where he began a smooth transaction into minor league baseball posting a 5-1 record and a 2.55 ERA in his first 13 starts.
Leading up to this year's Futures Game, the 6'4", 200-pound right handed hurler was promoted to Double-A Altoona where he has posted a 2-1 record in his first three appearances. Cole was recently ranked #8 in MLB.com's top 100 prospects list after showcasing his 95 mph fastball and backdoor slider throughout this season.
Joba Chamberlain pitched 1.1 innings of relief and struck out three for the Thunder on Sunday evening against Harrisburg. Chamberlain was the 41st overall pick by the Yankees in the 2006 draft and in 196 games since his Major League debut in 2007 he has a 20-13 record and 3.70 ERA and four saves. In 2007, Chamberlain was a member of the Trenton Thunder, going 4-2 with a 3.35 ERA.
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