Betcha didn’t know …

Ryan Pope (Photo by Mike Ashmore)

OK, so it’s not a regular segment here at BareBones, but maybe it should be.
Working on a Ryan Pope feature for tomorrow’s editions of The Times of Trenton/nj.com when I came across this rather interesting and, at least for Pope, potentially disturbing nugget of info.
Not only did the top three saves leaders in Trenton franchise history — Justin Pope (58/no relation), David Shepard (32) and Cory Spencer (27) — fail to make it to the big leagues …
… those three relievers did not earn a single Triple-A save between them.
Kinda trippy.
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Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves will make his second minor league rehab start with the Thunder tomorrow against Bowie.
Aceves, out since May 9 with a bulging disk in his back, threw 18 of his 26 pitches for strikes and retired all six batters he faced Friday against Harrisburg.
According to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Aceves will throw three innings or 40 pitches, whichever comes first.
“Then we will make an evaluation,” Girardi said.
“This is really spring training for him, and I don’t think we need to build him up past 40 pitches, but it might be a situation where he gets another (rehab start) after that. We are going to have to see how his stuff is.”
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Baseball America unveiled its “Best Tools” edition last week and featured former Thunder third baseman Brandon Laird as the Eastern League’s top power prospect (Laird has since been promoted to Triple-A).
The publication rated Trenton infielder Corban Joseph as the top defensive second baseman in the Florida State League (Joseph began the season at Class A Tampa) and former Thunder shortstop Eduardo Nunez as the top defensive shortstop in the International League. Nunez also received the nod for best infield arm.
Not bad for a guy that committed 30 errors at Double-A last season.
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Reading released its 2011 schedule, which includes 18 games against Eastern Division rival Trenton.
The Thunder hosted Reading for only four games this season, and that only improves by three dates next year with the R-Phils slated to play at Waterfront Park May 9-11 and July 14-17.
Trenton will go to Reading — located just 83 miles away — May 24-26, June 6-9 and July 8-11.
By comparison Trenton hosts New Hampshire — located some six hours and 325 miles away — 13 times in 2010.
All three teams are in the same division.
Go figure.

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