TRENTON – The Thunder announced on Monday afternoon that right-handed pitcher Domingo Acevedo has been named the Smith’s ACE Hardware Pitcher of the Year award, outfielder Zack Zehner has won the OxiClean “Dirtiest Uniform of the Season” award, and Cale Coshow is the recipient of the Samuel J. Plumeri, Sr. Community Service award. The awards were presented in a pre-game ceremony prior to the teams regular season finale against the Reading Fightin’ Phils on Monday afternoon at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Highlighted by an appearance in the MLB Future’s Game in July, Acevedo went 5-1 with 2.38 ERA in 14 starts for Trenton after beginning the season with High-A Tampa. The Yankees seventh ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, Acevedo was shutdown in August after tossing 133 innings between three levels; 40 more than his previous career-high of 93 that was established last season. Previous recipients of the award include Ronald Herrera (2016), Caleb Smith (2015), Jaron Long (2014), Nik Turley (2013), Brett Marshall (2012), and Shaeffer Hall (2011).
On a Trenton roster that used 69 different players spanning 208 roster moves, the 25-year old Zehner is one of the few players who spent all season with the Thunder. The 2017 Eastern League all-star played in 128 of the team’s 140 games and slashed .259/.356/.407 with 11 homers and 67 RBI heading into the final game of the year. Zehner joins Dustin Fowler (2016), Tony Renda (2015), Ben Gamel (2014), Slade Heathcott (2013) and David Adams (2012) as winners of the award. He will earn a years supply of OxiClean products for the nod.
Coshow, who has since been promoted to Triple-A, is the first player to win the community service award twice. The right-handed reliever was a leader in community outreach programs with the Miracle League of Mercer County, and Strikeout Hunger, a food packing event run by the United Way of Mercer County which made nearly 200,000 meals for local food pantries.