TRENTON, NJ - The Trenton Thunder, in conjunction with the Eastern League of Professional Baseball, are pleased to announce that Reading catcher Deivi Grullon will participate in the 2018 Case's Pork Roll Home Run Derby to be held on Tuesday, July 10 at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Grullon will participate in place of Thunder infielder Abiatal Avelino who has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Grullon, a 22-year-old from Bonao, Dominican Republic, has hit a career-high 12 home runs in 54 games for the Reading Fightin Phils. A 2017 Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star, Grullon knocked seven home runs during the month of May.
Joining Grullon for the Eastern Division will be: Thunder outfielder Trey Amburgey , Reading infielder Zach Green , and Hartford outfielder Sam Hilliard .
The Western Division will feature: Richmond outfielder Luigi Rodriguez , Harrisburg catcher Taylor Gushue , Akron outfielder Connor Marabell , and Altoona infielder Will Craig .
The Case's Pork Roll Home Run Derby will take place following the Philadelphia Police Blue Sox and NYPD Finest Charity Baseball Game which is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm.
The competition will begin with a four-minute round for each participant to hit as many home runs as possible with the top two totals advancing to the final. In the event of a tie after the first round, participants will get 90 seconds to participate in a swing-off for the opportunity to advance to the final.
The winner of the Case's Pork Roll Home Run Derby will take home a special gift from Case's Pork Roll, a championship belt and a cash prize.
Individual tickets to the Eastern League All-Star Classic on July 10 and 11 at ARM & HAMMER Park are on-sale now. Fans can purchase tickets and two-day passes by visiting www.TrentonThunder.com/2018ASG by calling 609-394-3300 x101.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.