Five Trenton Thunder earn EL All-Star nods

06/29/2012 11:50 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
All-Star accolades were heaped on another quintet of Baby Bombers late Thursday, as the Eastern League announced that five members of the Trenton Thunder have been selected to play in the EL All-Star Game on July 11 in Reading, Pa.

Three position players and two pitchers earned the All-Star nods, with outfielder Abraham Almonte, outfielder/DH Cody Johnson, infielder Kevin Mahoney, and right-handers Brett Marshall and Kelvin Perez headed to central Pennsylvania for the game.

Almonte is hitting .279 with four home runs and 19 RBI this season, and his totals of 45 runs scored and 30 stolen bases are both tops among active players in the EL.

Johnson and Mahoney are both on the disabled list, but have been selected due to solid seasons so far. Johnson, in just his second year in the Yankees’ system, leads the EL with 16 homers and is tops on the Thunder in extra base hits with 28, while Mahoney (.285-6-19) hit .315 with four of those home runs in May and is one of the EL’s top batters against left-handed pitching.

On the mound, Marshall, the No. 11 prospect in the Yankees system according to Baseball America, is tied for the EL lead with eight wins and boasts a 3.09 ERA to go with his 8-3 record. Perez, meanwhile, has been very solid out of the bullpen, registering a 0.76 ERA in 28 appearances and holding opponents to a .117 batting average, third in the EL among relievers.

The Trenton quintet will be joined on the Eastern team by a trio of Mets prospects from Binghamton – including highly-heralded pitcher Zack Wheeler, who will also play in the MLB Futures Game on July 8 – and a game-high six representatives from the host Reading Phillies.

Under Eastern League rules, at least three players from each of the league’s 12 squads must be selected for the game; one position player and one pitcher from each team were selected by fans through online and stadium balloting, with the remaining selections made through voting by league media, managers and officials. comments