(Trenton, NJ) The Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced the initial list of players for the 2014 season on Monday afternoon with four top 30 ranked prospects leading the way. The players, coaches and staff on this list are expected to be at ARM & HAMMER Park on Tuesday for Media Day and the Welcome North Open House.
Nineteen of the 25 players return to Trenton from last year's Eastern League championship team. Included on this initial player list are a pair from the Yankees 40-man roster in pitcher Bryan Mitchell and catcher Gary Sanchez. An official Opening Night roster will be announced prior to the first game on April 3.
Four of the top-30 prospects in the Yankees organization according to Baseball America start the season with the Thunder in Sanchez (No. 1), outfielder Mason Williams (No. 3), Mitchell (No. 21) and infielder Rob Refsnyder (No. 29).
Ali Castillo also returns for his second season with the Thunder after being named the MVP of the 2013 Eastern League playoffs. Castillo started all six games for Trenton in their title run and batted .381 (8-for-21) with four extra-base hits (2 doubles, triple, home run), 6 RBI and 4 runs scored.
Trenton begins their quest for back-to-back championships Thursday at ARM & HAMMER Park when they take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Opening Night will feature a Replica Mini EL Championship Trophy giveaway for the first 2,000 fans ages 6 and over presented by ARM & HAMMER and Thirsty Thursday presented by Budweiser. Limited tickets are available at www.trentonthunder.com/tickets or by calling (609)394-3300.