Can Brandon Laird be stopped?
It is now safe to assume Thunder third baseman Brandon Laird no longer has to worry about the Yankees putting him on the 40-man roster before the December Rule 5 Draft.
For the second time in 2010, Laird drove in seven runs with a grand slam and a 3-run home run as Trenton won its fourth straight game and extended its lead in the EL Eastern Division to 1.5 games over New Hampshire with an 11-2 dusting of Erie today at Jerry Uht Park.
Laird also roughed up Erie May 26 at Waterfront Park when he became just the second player in franchise history to hit for the cycle.
Laird, a 27th-round draft pick, now leads the Eastern League in home runs (18), RBIs (76) and total bases (158) in just 71 games.
No disrespect to catching prospect Austin Romine, but if anyone on the Thunder deserved a roster spot on Team U.S.A. for the July 11 XM Futures Game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim it is Laird.