Oct. 9, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Former East Carolina first baseman Kyle Roller has been named the Trenton Thunder Most Valuable Player by YESNetwork.com. For Roller, it is his second-straight accolade from the website following his 2012 MVP selection as a member of the Tampa Yankees.
A 2010 eighth-round selection by the New York Yankees, Roller led the Thunder to their third Eastern League Championship in franchise history in 2013, sweeping both the divisional and championship rounds of the postseason - a first since Albany-Colonial (Yankees affiliate) did it in 1991.
Roller, who earned Eastern League Player-of-the-Week honors on Apr. 22, led the Thunder in home runs (17) and RBI (69), while also ranking among the team leaders in at-bats (3rd/443), doubles (3rd/24), games (t2nd/124), hits (3rd/112), OPS (2nd/.774), runs (3rd/59), total bases (3rd/189) and walks (3rd/53).
The Rockingham, N.C. native is the second former Pirate to earn 2013 post-season accolades following Mike Wright, who received the Baltimore Orioles Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year Award.