Last evening, the Trenton Thunder hosted the premier of the MLB Draft League All Star game (MLB Prospect Game). Team Trembley and Team Manto battled, (Trenton manager Jeff Manto and State College’s DaveTrembley). The contest was covered live on the MLB Network. The rosters were composed of players from the various Draft League teams. An unknown number of these players will be drafted. The remainder will pursue other plans, as the Draft League team rosters will be totally different as of this Friday. It really was an entertaining experience to have the opportunity to watch the young, talented competitors, who represented rosters from the entire Draft League.
Team Trembley got off to a hot start scoring 8 runs in two innings, taking advantage of the poor fielding of Team Manto. Jeff Manto’s squad had a total of 7 errors for the game, and the myriad of defensive mistakes placed them in an 8-0 hole. Then they started to chip away at the lead, putting up great at bats, moving runners into scoring position, and timely executing, to work their team back into the game. The final score: 11-11 after 9 innings. The 2 teams combined for 95 at bats, 22 runs, 25 hits, 16 walks and 18 RBIs. What a boxscore!
Before the game the media interviewed a well known, recently retired MLB pitcher who actually played for Trenton Thunder when it was a Yankees affiliate, Dellin Betances. The current NJ resident was a contributing broadcaster for yesterday's game on MLB Network. Here is what he had to say to us during the interview.
I also had the opportunity to interview the Trenton Thunder's infielder Ryland Zaboroswki and former MLB player now Mahoning Valley manager, Dimitri Young, after the game. A thankful shout-out to Mike Warren and Cole Weintraub for setting up this opportunity.
Thank you to Dave Fenster
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