Drew Anderson, who went 6-3 with a 2.00 ERA for Williamsport as their ace last year, is up from Florida and will make his BlueClaws debut tonight at 6:35 against Savannah (Mets).
Mets Club In Town…The Blueclaws welcome in the Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets) for a five-game series which includes a Friday double-header (necessitated by a rain-out in Savannah on Sunday, April 6th)…Lakewood went 2-1 against Savannah to open the season…Last year, the teams split a four-game series in Lakewood…The BlueClaws went 3-5 against Savannah in 2012.
Welcome Drew Anderson…RHP Drew Anderson joins the BlueClaws from extended spring training and will make the start tonight…Anderson spent last year with Williamsport, where he went 6-3 with a 2.00 ERA (2nd in the NY-Penn League)…He was a 20th round pick in 2012 and went to the same high school (Reno’s Galena HS) as 2012-13 BlueClaws OF Brian Pointer.
Welcome Jan Hernandez…3B Jan Hernandez was added to Lakewood’s roster on Wednesday from extended spring training…A 3rd round pick in 2013 from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. Hernandez hit .210 with three HRs and 7 SBs with the GCL Phillies last year…He replaces the Phillies 2012 3rd round pick, Zach Green, who was transferred to extended spring training.
Ten In A Row…Willians Astudillo has hit safely in ten straight games (17-37) and 12 of the 13 in which he has played (22-50 overall)…He leads the BlueClaws with seven multi-hit games…He hit his first United States home run on April 14th against Greensboro…Before missing last year with an injury, he struck out just 5 times in 148 at bats with the GCL Phillies in 2012 (2 Ks this year).
Hitting Streaks…Astudillo’s 10-game hitting tied last year’s season high (10 – two by Willie Carmona, one by Art Charles)…Chris Duffy had a 19-game hitting streak in 2012 and Jim Murphy had a 16-game hitting streak in 2011…The franchise record is 24 by Jiwan James in 2010.
Tocci Wins Phillies Award…BlueClaws OF Carlos Tocci was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for last week…He is 15-31 over his last eight games, raising his average from .125 (5-40) to a season-high .282…Tocci had two three-hit games with Lakewood last year, when he hit .209…He has three 3+ hit games already this year…He is the 5th youngest player in the South Atlantic League and was the youngest last year when he opened the season at 17 (the youngest player in franchise history).
Lakewood – RHP Drew Anderson
About: 20 year old, 6-3, 185 pound RHP from Reno, Nevada
How Acquired: 21st round pick, 2012 from Galena High School
Stats: 1st game of 2014…2013 (WPT) – 6-3, 2.00 ERA, 76.1 IP, 58 H, 20 BB, 54 K
Notes: Joins BlueClaws from extended spring training to make season debut…Went 6-3, 2.00 with Williamsport last year, finishing second in the NY-Penn League in ERA at 2.00…Threw six no-hit innings on 6/23 in his second start of the year (vs Batavia)…Went to same high school as 2012-2013 BlueClaws OF Brian Pointer (Galena HS in Reno, NV).