TRENTON, NJ – Trenton Thunder first baseman Kyle Roller hails from Rockingham, N.C, where NASCAR used to hold the race after the Daytona 500.
Now the track, affectionately known as “The Rock,’’ hosts the Fast Track High Performance Driving School, which serves as a venue for NASCAR’s testing. So far this season, Roller has proven to be a “Rock’’ for the Thunder offense, and is threatening to jump on the “Fast Track’’ of development in the Yankees system.
Roller, 25, who played collegiately at East Carolina University and is a past Cape Cod League MVP, is opening eyes by hitting .337 (31-for-92) in 22 starts, with four homers and 19 RBIs. His 31 hits rank second in the Eastern League, his 19 RBIs fourth.
“It’s been a switch,’’ said the 6-foot-1, 250-pound Roller, who picked up Eastern League Player of the Week honors for his performances the week of April 22. “I usually start slow and go on a hot streak in June or July.
“This is the first time it’s...