Mecias, Claws Wrap Up Homestand

July 29th, 2014

Yoel Mecias and the BlueClaws wrap up a homestand this morning at 11:05 am against Kannapolis. Lakewood is 3-4 on the homestand after winning three of the first four games.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:50)

State of the Claws…The BlueClaws have dropped three straight games, losing the double-header to Kannapolis on Sunday and 5-3 on Monday night…They are back to 10 games out of first place, which is their largest deficit of the second half…A loss today would drop them to 26 games under.500 on the season, which would be their low-water mark on the year.

An Intimidating Foe…The BlueClaws welcome in Kannapolis for a five-game, four-day series …Lakewood won the opener Saturday but Kannapolis has won the last three games includinga  double-header sweep on Sunday…Kannapolis leads the season series 7-2, taking two of three last weekend in Kannapolis and two straight in Lakewood in May.

A Link From the Past…Before the BlueClaws debuted in 2001, the Phillies SAL affiliate was in Kannapolis as the Piedmont Boll Weevils…Lakewood manager Greg Legg led the 2000 Boll Weevils to a 90-47 record and the post-season.

What’s Next…After today, the BlueClaws open a four-game series in Delmarva on Wednesday night…Lakewood is 6-13 against Delmarva this year and 5-6 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Mitch Splash…Mitch Walding is 22-58 with 11 doubles and a triple in his last 16 games…After starting July 0-12 and falling to .199, he is 26-73 (.356) with 14 doubles, a triple and a home run…Walding who was with Lakewood last year, was activated on 4/29 after missing three weeks with a rib injury…He was a 5th round pick in the 2011 draft from Lodi, California.

Cozens Party…Dylan Cozens is 33-98 (.337) in July (hit safely in 19 of 26) with 10 multi-hit games and four home runs after hitting two on 7/15 at Hickory…He had an eight-game hitting streak snapped on 7/8 at Hagerstown…His 13 home runs lead the BlueClaws and the Phillies minor league system…Cozens was a 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2012 from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Lakewood – Yoel Mecias

About: 20 year old, 6-2, 160 pound LHP from Miranda, Venezuela

How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2010

Stats: 2014 (LAK) – 2 st, 1-0, 10 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 8 K…2013 (LAK) – 13 g/11 st, 4-3, 3.79 ERA, 57 IP, 53 H, 25 BB, 70 K

News & Notes: Makes his 3rd start with Lakewood this year and first against Kannapolis…Gave up one run on two hits in five innings against Greenville on Wednesday and two hits over five scoreless innings at Hickory on 7/15, earning the win…After having Tommy John Surgery last July, he made four rehab appearances with the GCL Phillies, going 0-1, 4.76 in four starts…Was with Lakewood last year, going 4-3, 3.79 and making the SAL All-Star team…Is the #24 prospect in system per Baseball America.

Season Highs…IP (5.2, 7/9 at GCL Ya)…Rs (4, 6/28 at GCL Ti)…ERs (3, 2x last 7/3 at GCL Br)…Ks (5, 6/23 vs GCL Yan)…BBs (4, 6/28 at GCL Ti)

Last Three Appearances: 7/24 vs GRE: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K…7/15 at HIC (W): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K…7/9 at GCL Yan: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K

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Tocci, BruceClaws Take Field Tonight

July 26th, 2014

Carlos Tocci has led off every game for Lakewood since June 29th and in those games he is hitting .324 with 10 mutli-hit games, including another one last night. He leads the BruceClaws on the field tonight against Kannapolis at 7:05 (tonight is Bruce Springsteen Appreciation Night).

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:50)

BruceClaws…The BlueClaws become the BruceClaws tonight for Bruce Springsteen Appreciation Night, wearing special BruceClaws jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit BlueClaws Charities…They are 4-2 as the BruceClaws and lost to Greenville last year 4-3.

An Intimidating Foe…The BlueClaws welcome in Kannapolis for a five-game, four-day series that incldues a double-header on Sunday…Kannapolis leads the season series 4-1, taking two of three last weekend in Kannapolis and two straight in Lakewood in May.

A Link From the Past…Before the BlueClaws debuted in 2001, the Phillies SAL affiliate was in Kannapolis as the Piedmont Boll Weevils…Lakewood manager Greg Legg led the 2000 Boll Weevils to a 90-47 record and the post-season.

Leading-Off…Carlos Tocci has hit safely in five straight games (9-20)…He is 33-102 (.324) since June 29th with 10 multi-hit games since moving into the lead-off spot in the order – he’s led off every game since then afer Samuel Hiciano led off seven of the first nine times in the second half…Tocci hit his first professional home run on 7/16 in Hickory, which came in his 862nd professional at bat – he debuted with the GCL Phillies in 2012 and has spent the last two years with the BlueClaws.

An Offensive Month…The BlueClaws are hitting .269 in July having scored 97 runs in 22 games (4.4 runs per game)…They hit .248 over the first three months of the season and scored 3.9 runs per game…Dylan Cozens (.333) and Carlos Tocci (.326) are hitting over .300 for the BlueClaws this month.

Pullin Along…Andrew Pullin has hit safely in four straight games and eight of his last nine (13-38) and is 60-187 (.321) since June 1st after hitting .232 in April and May…The left-handed hitting second baseman has struck out a total of 50 times in 289 at bats since the start of May after striking out 25 times in 79 April at bats.

Cozens Party…Dylan Cozens is 28-84 (.333) in July (hit safely in 16 of 22) with eight multi-hit games and four home runs after hitting two on 7/15 at Hickory…He had an eight-game hitting streak snapped on 7/8 at Hagerstown…His 13 home runs lead the BlueClaws and the Phillies minor league system…Cozens was a 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2012 from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Lakewood – Ranfi Casimiro

About: 22 year old, 6-8, 200 pound RHP from Santiago, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2010
Stats: 2014 (LAK) – 19 st, 2-9, 5.80 ERA, 90 IP, 98 H, 50 BB, 59 K…2013 (GCL) – 2-6, 5.21 ERA, 48.1 IP, 66 H, 15 BB, 30 K
News & Notes: Makes his 20th start of the year and 3rd against Kannapolis (7 ER in 9.2 IP)…Faced Kannapolis last time out last Friday, allowing four runs in five innings…In his last five starts, Casimiro has allowed 23 ER in 24 innings pitched on 32 hits with 17 walks and 15 strikeouts…He had a 2.80 ERA in his previous eight starts after an 8.39 ERA in his first six starts of the year…One two members of Lakewood’s rotation (Tyler Viza) that has been in rotation all year…Spent last two season in Gulf Coast League before joining Lakewood.
Season Highs…IP (7, 7/2 vs HAG)…Rs (9, 4/18 at HAG)…ERs (6, 7/7 at HAG)…Ks (8, 2x last 6/9 vs HAG)…BBs (7, 6/27 at WV)
Last Three Appearances: 7/18 at KAN: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K…7/12 vs DEL (L): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K…7/7 at HAG (L): 3 IP, 10 H, 6 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 K

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Rios On Hill in Rubber Game Against Greenville

July 25th, 2014

Yacksel Rios takes the mound for the BlueClaws tonight in the rubber game against Greenville as the BlueClaws look for a series win over the Drive.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:50)

Rubber Game…The BlueClaws and Greenville meet in the rubber game of three tonight at FirstEnergy Park with each team having won one of the first two games in the series…The BlueClaws are 2-0 in rubber games in the second half, beating Hickory on 7/17 and Hagerstown on 7/3.

Hello, Greenville…The BlueClaws welcome in the Greenville Drive for a three-game series this week at FirstEnergy Park…These are the only meetings between the teams this year…Lakewood beat Greenville in both the 2009 and 2010 SAL Championship Series.

An Offensive Month…The BlueClaws are hitting .267 in July having scored 92 runs in 21 games (4.4 runs per game)…They hit .248 over the first three months of the season and scored 3.9 runs per game…Dylan Cozens (.350), Carlos Tocci (.318) and Mitch Walding (.309) are hitting over .300 for the BlueClaws this month.

Pullin Along…Andrew Pullin is 59-183 (.322) since June 1st after hitting .232 in April and May…The left-handed hitting second baseman has struck out a total of 49 times in 285 at bats since the start of May after striking out 25 times in 79 April at bats.

Cozens Party…Dylan Cozens is 28-80 (.350) in July (hit safely in 16 of 21) with eight multi-hit games and four home runs after hitting two on 7/15 at Hickory…He had an eight-game hitting streak snapped on 7/8 at Hagerstown…His 13 home runs lead the BlueClaws and the Phillies minor league system…Cozens was a 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2012 from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tocci Them All…Carlos Tocci is 31-98 (.316) since June 29th with nine multi-hit games…He hit his first professional home run on 7/16 in Hickory, which came in his 862nd professional at bat – he debuted with the GCL Phillies in 2012 and has spent the last two years with the BlueClaws.

Mitch Splash…Mitch Walding is 17-41 with 10 doubles in his last 12 games…After starting July 0-12 and falling to .199, he is 21-56 (.375) with 13 doubles and a home run…Walding who was with Lakewood last year, was activated on 4/29 after missing three weeks with a rib injury…He was a 5th round pick in the 2011 draft from Lodi, California.

Lakewood – Yacksel Rios

About: 21 year old, 6-3, 185 pound RHP from Caguas, Puerto Rico
How Acquired: 12th round pick, 2011 draft
Stats: 2014 (LAK) – 27 g, 7 st, 3-0, 3.45 ERA, 73 IP, 62 H, 27 BB, 53 K…2013 (WPT) – 5-3, 3.59 ERA, 52.2 IP, 52 H, 19 BB, 39 K
News & Notes: Makes his 28th appearance and 8th start of the year…Gave up three runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings last time out at Hickory last Thursday and two back gave up three runs in five innings against Delmarva on 7/12…In his first two starts of July, threw eight innings of one-hit, one-run ball on 7/1 vs HAG and seven innings of two run ball at DEL on 7/6…Began season in BlueClaws bullpen and moved into the starting rotation on 6/13…Spent last year with Williamsport, going 5-3, 3.59 ERA and two years in the GCL (11-12).
Season Highs…IP (7.1, 5/14 vs JUP)…Rs (7, 2x last 6/30 at WV)…ERs (7, 6/30 at WV)…Ks (8, 6/7 at DEL)…BBs (3, 6/25 at GBO)
Last Three Appearances…7/16 at HIC (L): 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R/5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K…7/10 vs DEL (W): 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R/2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K…7/5 at DEL (L): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K

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Morning Baseball to Start Homestand

July 23rd, 2014

The BlueClaws and Greenville Drive meet at FirstEnergy Park this morning as the BlueClaws return home after playing 21 of their previous 28 games on the road. LHP Yoel Mecias takes the mound for Lakewood, making his second start of the season.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 11:05)

Welcome Greenville…The BlueClaws welcome in Greenville to start a 7-game homestand and a three-game series…These are the only three meetings of the season between the two teams…Lakewood beat Greenville in both the 2009 and 2010 SAL Championship Series.

Mitch Splash…Mitch Walding is 15-37 with nine doubles in his last 10 games…After starting July 0-12 and falling to .199, he is 19-50 with 12 doubles and a home run…Walding who was with Lakewood last year, was activated on 4/29 after missing three weeks with a rib injury…He was a 5th round pick in the 2011 draft from Lodi, California.

At Stake Today…The BlueClaws are 24 games under .500 on the season, tying their low-water mark of the season…A loss today would drop them to 25 games under .500 for the first time in 2014…Last year, they were 29 games under .500 through August 16th before finishing at 56-80.

He’s Back…Yoel Mecias, a 2013 SAL All-Star that had Tommy John Surgery after getting hurt last year, makes his 2nd start with the BlueClaws this year…He threw five scoreless innings on Tuesday at Hickory in his season debut…Mecias, 20, is ranked 24th in the system per Baseball America.

An Offensive Month…The BlueClaws are hitting .269 in July having scored 82 runs in 19 games (4.3 runs per game)…They hit .248 over the first three months of the season and scored 3.9 runs per game…Dylan Cozens (.361), Carlos Tocci (.308) and Mitch Walding (.306) are hitting over .300 for the BlueClaws this month.

Lakewood – Yoel Mecias

About: 20 year old, 6-2, 160 pound LHP from Miranda, Venezuela
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2010
Stats: 2014 (LAK) – 1st, 1-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K…2014 (GCL) – 4 st, 0-1, 4.76 ERA, 17 IP, 19 H, 8 BB, 10 K
News & Notes: Makes 2nd start with Lakewood after throwing five scoreless innings in his 2014 BlueClaws debut on Tuesday at Hickory, striking out seven…He made four rehab appearances this year with the GCL Phillies…Mecias had Tommy John Surgery last year, getting hurt on 6/23 with Lakewood…Went 4-3, 3.79 with the BlueClaws last year and pitched in the SAL All-Star Game…Ranked #24 in the system per Baseball America entering this season.
Season Highs…IP (5.2, 7/9 at GCL Ya)…Rs (4, 6/28 at GCL Ti)…ERs (3, 2x last 7/3 at GCL Br)…Ks (7, 7/15 at HIC)…BBs (4, 6/28 at GCL Ti)
Last Three Appearances: 7/15 at HIC (W): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K…7/9 at GCL Yan: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K…7/3 vs GCL Br: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K

 

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Legg Recalls Boll Weevils

July 22nd, 2014

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With the BlueClaws taking on Kannapolis this week, we thought it was a good time to talk to BlueClaws manager Greg Legg about the year he managed in Kannapolis – 2000, the season before the BlueClaws came into existence.

Legg managed the Piedmont Boll Weevils, who played in Kannapolis in the same stadium used by the Intimidators today (they became the Intimidators in 2001, their first year with the White Sox).

The 2000 Boll Weevils were a great team – they won 90 of their 137 games, six more wins than the BlueClaws have ever accumulated in a season. Led by Marlon Byrd, Brett Myers and Ryan Madson, the team made the playoffs and lost in the first round of the post-season, two games to one to Delmarva (Erik Bedard beat them 1-0 in the series-deciding game).

Click here to view the team stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and listen to the interview below.

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Mecias Takes Hill, Claws Wrap Up Series in Kannapolis

July 21st, 2014

The BlueClaws send LHP Yoel Mecias to the mound today in Kannapolis as they finish a four-game series with the Intimidators. After Lakewood took the first one, Kannapolis has won the last two.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 11:45)

With a Win…A win today would give the BlueClaws a winning road trip – they are 3-3 on the current trip with today being the final game…Lakewood two winning trips this year – April 29 – May 5 at Lexington/Asheville (5-2) and June 5-8 at Delmarva (3-1).

Welcome to Kannapolis…The BlueClaws and Intimidators meet in a four-game series this weekend…Kannapolis won a fog-shortened series 2-0 in May at FirstEnergy Park…On May 9th, the BlueClaws led 2-0 in the 4th inning when the game was called due to fog – since it was the final meeting of the half between the two teams, the game was not resumed and the stats did not count.

Mitch Splash…Mitch Walding is 15-37 with nine doubles in his last 10 games…After starting July 0-12 and falling to .199, he is 19-50 with 12 doubles and a home run…Walding who was with Lakewood last year, was activated on 4/29 after missing three weeks with a rib injury…He was a 5th round pick in the 2011 draft from Lodi, California.

At Stake Today…The BlueClaws are 24 games under .500 on the season, tying their low-water mark of the season…A loss today would drop them to 25 games under .500 for the first time in 2014…Last year, they were 29 games under .500 through August 16th before finishing at 56-80.

He’s Back…Yoel Mecias, a 2013 SAL All-Star that had Tommy John Surgery after getting hurt last year, makes his 2nd start with the BlueClaws this year…He threw five scoreless innings on Tuesday at Hickory in his season debut…Mecias, 20, is ranked 24th in the system per Baseball America.

An Offensive Month…The BlueClaws are hitting .269 in July having scored 82 runs in 19 games (4.3 runs per game)…They hit .248 over the first three months of the season and scored 3.9 runs per game…Dylan Cozens (.361), Carlos Tocci (.308) and Mitch Walding (.306) are hitting over .300 for the BlueClaws this month.

Lakewood – Yoel Mecias

About: 20 year old, 6-2, 160 pound LHP from Miranda, Venezuela
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2010
Stats: 2014 (LAK) – 1st, 1-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K…2014 (GCL) – 4 st, 0-1, 4.76 ERA, 17 IP, 19 H, 8 BB, 10 K
News & Notes: Makes 2nd start with Lakewood after throwing five scoreless innings in his 2014 BlueClaws debut on Tuesday at Hickory, striking out seven…He made four rehab appearances this year with the GCL Phillies…Mecias had Tommy John Surgery last year, getting hurt on 6/23 with Lakewood…Went 4-3, 3.79 with the BlueClaws last year and pitched in the SAL All-Star Game…Ranked #24 in the system per Baseball America entering this season.
Season Highs…IP (5.2, 7/9 at GCL Ya)…Rs (4, 6/28 at GCL Ti)…ERs (3, 2x last 7/3 at GCL Br)…Ks (7, 7/15 at HIC)…BBs (4, 6/28 at GCL Ti)
Last Three Appearances: 7/15 at HIC (W): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K…7/9 at GCL Yan: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K…7/3 vs GCL Br: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K

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Viza, BlueClaws Look For Winning Trip

July 20th, 2014

A win today in Kannapolis would secure a winning road trip for the BlueClaws, who are 3-2 on their 7-game trip. A loss last night in Kannapolis means the teams have split the first two games in their four-game series.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 4:50)

With a Win…A win today would give the BlueClaws a winning road trip – they are 3-2 on the current trip with two games remaining…Lakewood two winning trips this year – April 29 – May 5 at Lexington/Asheville (5-2) and June 5-8 at Delmarva (3-1).

Welcome to Kannapolis…The BlueClaws and Intimidators meet in a four-game series this weekend…Kannapolis won a fog-shortened series 2-0 in May at FirstEnergy Park…On May 9th, the BlueClaws led 2-0 in the 4th inning when the game was called due to fog – since it was the final meeting of the half between the two teams, the game was not resumed and the stats did not count.

Re-Tooling The Bullpen…The BlueClaws have had a re-tooled bullpen, adding four players (RHP Aaron Baker, RHP Dan Child, LHP Joey DeNato, and and RHP Delvi Francisco) to the bullpen since July 1st (Francisco was here earlier but stats noted here are since return)…These four pitchers two earned runs in 24.1 innings pitched (both by Baker)…Baker got his first save with the BlueClaws on 7/17 and Child on 7/18.

Knapp Back…Andrew Knapp had been 3-25 since 7/12, when his 15-game hitting streak was snapped, before going 4-8 over the last two days…A 2nd round pick last year (Cal), Knapp is hitting .305 (40-131) since June 11th – he started 5-29 with Lakewood.

Cozens Party…Dylan Cozens is 24-69 (.349) in July (hit safely in 14 of 18) with six multi-hit games and four home runs after hitting two on Tuesday at Hickory…He had an eight-game hitting streak snapped on 7/8 at Hagerstown…His 13 home runs lead the BlueClaws and the Phillies minor league system…Cozens was a 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2012 from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Zach Attack… Zach Green is 17-54 (.315) over his last 14 games (five doubles and a triple) with five multi-hit games…Since returning to the BlueClaws from extended spring training on June 11th, Green is 41-133 (.308) with 11 multi-hit games and 22 RBIs in 31 games played…Green has hit four home runs this year, all since June 19th…Green led the NY-Penn League in home runs last year with 13.

Mitch Splash…Mitch Walding is 14-34 with nine doubles in his last nine games…After starting July 0-12 and falling to .199, he is 18-47 with 12 doubles and a home run…Walding who was with Lakewood last year, was activated on 4/29 after missing three weeks with a rib injury…He was a 5th round pick in the 2011 draft from Lodi, California.

Lakewood – Tyler Viza

About: 19 year old, 6-3, 170 pound RHP from Phoenix, Arizona
How Acquired: 32nd round pick, 2013 draft from Desert Vista High School
Stats: 2014 (LAK) – 18 st, 3-13, 5.17 ERA, 95.2 IP, 125 H, 21 BB, 56 K…2013 (GCL) – 1-0, 1.41 ERA, 32 IP, 21 H, 10 BB, 20 K
News & Notes: Loss today ties Taylor Buchholz (2001) for most in franchise history…Makes his 19th start of the year and first “official” start against Kannapolis – he threw four scoreless innings against Kannapolis in Lakewood on 5/9 before the game was called due to fog (game was not resumed and stats did not count)…Last time out, gave up five runs/four earned in five innings against Delmarva last Sunday, taking the loss…Has lost two straight starts and 11 of his last 12 (1-11, 5.98 ERA since May 14th)…Has thrown seven innings three times, most recently 6/10 vs HAG…Committed to the University of Utah before signing with the Phillies in 2013.
Season Highs…IP (7, 3x last 6/10 vs HAG)…Rs (8, 6/23 at GBO)…ERs (7, 2x last 6/23 at GBO)…Ks (5, 3x last 7/13 vs DEL)…BBs (3, 2x last 7/8 at HAG)
Last Three Appearances: 7/13 vs DEL (L): 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R/4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K…7/8 at HAG (L): 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R/3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K…7/3 vs HAG (W): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K

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Imhof to Make ‘Claws Debut Tonight in Kannapolis

July 19th, 2014

Matt Imhof, the Phillies 2nd round pick this year from Cal Poly, will make his BlueClaws debut tonight in Kannapolis as Lakewood goes for their 3rd straight win. The BlueClaws have won three of the first four games on their current road trip after taking two of three in Hickory.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:50)

With a Win…A win today would give the BlueClaws their 3rd straight win – it would be their 5th such win streak of the year first since 6/29 – 7/1 vs WV and HAG…It would also be the second time they won three straight on the road this year (swept a three game series 4/29 – 5/1 at Lexington).

Might As Well Be Home Runs…The BlueClaws scored the go-ahead run on a Hickory error on Thursday and a wild pitch in Kannapolis on Friday, holding on to win both games by one run – the third time this year they have won back-to-back games by one run apiece.

Welcome to Kannapolis…The BlueClaws and Intimidators meet in a four-game series this weekend…Kannapolis won a fog-shortened series 2-0 in May at FirstEnergy Park…On May 9th, the BlueClaws led 2-0 in the 4th inning when the game was called due to fog – since it was the final meeting of the half between the two teams, the game was not resumed and the stats did not count.

Strong From the Pen…The BlueClaws are 3-1 on the current road trip and have had success from their bullpen – in four games, the bullepn has allowed one ER in 16.1 innings pitched (Will Morris on Wednesday at Hickory), on four hits with 12 strikeouts and no walks…Joe DeNato threw 3.1 perfect innings on Thursday…Dan Child has thrown three scoreless innings…Aaron Baker threw 1.1 scoreless for his 1st save on Thursday.

Cozens Party…Dylan Cozens is 24-65 (.369) in July (hit safely in 14 of 17) with six multi-hit games and four home runs after hitting two on Tuesday at Hickory…He had an eight-game hitting streak snapped on 7/8 at Hagerstown…His 13 home runs lead the BlueClaws and the Phillies minor league system…Cozens was a 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2012 from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Lakewood – Matt Imhof

About: 20 year old, 6-5, 220 pound LHP from Hayward, California
How Acquired: 2nd round pick, 2014 draft from Cal-Poly
Stats: 2014 (WPT) – 3 st, 1-0, 0.75 ERA, 12 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 4 BB, 11 K…2014 (GCL) – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Season Notes: Joined BlueClaws on 7/16 from Williamsport, where he allowed one run in 12 innings with 11 strikeouts…Threw three scoreless innings in professional debut with Gulf Coast League Phillies before joining Williamsport.
Career Notes: 47th overall pick in 2014 draft who went 10-4, 2.45 with Cal-Poly this year…Struck out 124 hitters with Cal-Poly this year, 6th most in Division 1, and was 7th with 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings this year.
Season Highs…IP (5, 7/13 vs TRI)…Rs (1, 2x)…ERs (1, 2x)…Ks (5, 7/7 at MV)…BBs (2, 7/2 at JAM)
Last Three Appearances: 7/13 vs TRI (W): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K…7/7 at MV: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K…7/2 at JAM: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K

 

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Meet Joe DeNato, BlueClaws LHP Drafted This Year From Indiana

July 17th, 2014

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The BlueClaws current roster has three current-year draftees – 2nd rd pick Matt Imhof, 9th rd pick Matt Hockenberry, and now 19th rd pick Joe DeNato.

DeNato was drafted by the Phillies in the 19th round of the 2014 draft from Indiana and was the first player the Phillies drafted out of IU since 1999. He’s also the first Hoosier to ever play for Lakewood, though a notable IU grad managed the BlueClaws the last two years – Mickey Morandini.

A San Diego native, DeNato gave up four runs in 11.1 innings with 15 strikeouts with Williamsport and tossed two scoreless innings in his BlueClaws debut.

We sat down with DeNato before Thursday’s game in Hickory.

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From Philadelphia to the Phillies Minor Leagues, Meet Matt Hockenberry

July 3rd, 2014

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After a four-year career at Temple in Philadelphia, Matt Hockenberry was drafted by the Phillies in the 9th round in June. In less than two months, he’s gone from the Owls to the BlueClaws.

Tuesday night against Hagerstown, he came into a 2-1 game in the 9th inning and got the last three outs to earn his first professional save.

He talks about the last two months, his time at Temple, moving forward with the Phillies, and more.

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BlueClaws Sweep Phillies Weekly Honors

July 2nd, 2014

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BlueClaws 2B Andrew Pullin and RHP Jesen Therrien were named Phillies Minor League Player and Pitcher of the week for the period ending June 29th, the first BlueClaws sweep of the season.

Player – 2B, Andrew Pullin, Lakewood … 7 G … Batted .444 (12-27), .500 OBP, .444 SLG %, 4 R, 6 RBI, 3 BB …Pullin is honored as Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the first time this season and third time in his professional career (others: 7/8-14/13 & 8/19-25/13) … Pullin ended the week riding a 12-game hitting in which he was batting .378 (17-45) … Selected by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2012 draft out of Centralia High School (WA), Pullin was signed byRick Jacques.

Pitcher – RHP, Jesen Therrien, Lakewood … 3 G, 1-0, 0.99 ERA (1 ER, 9.1 IP), 3 BB, 12 H, 7 SO … Therrienearns Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week honors for the 2nd time in his career (other: 7/8-14/13) … The 6-foot-2 right hander made 3 relief appearances and picked up his 2nd win of the season (other: 6/8 at DEL) … The 21-year-old native of Montreal, CA, was selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of the June 2011 draft and signed by Alex Agostino.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 39-44, 6th place… 1-5 for the week … OF Leandro Castro batted .333 (8-24), 2 2B, 3B … INF/OF Tyler Henson batted .300 (6-20), 3 2B, SB … Henson’s 16 SB this season lead the PHI minor league system … C Sebastian Valle batted .333 including his 4th HR of the season … Valle’s 4 HR came in his first 50 AB in triple-A … 1B Jim Murphy belted his 9th HR of the season … INF Nate Spears hit .500 (7-14), 3B and 2 BB … Over his first 15 G with LV Spears was batting .333 … OF Grady Sizemore batted .308 (4-13), R, BB in his first 4 games with the IronPigs … RHP Nector Neris tossed 2.0 scoreless innings as he struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced, without allowing a walk or base hit … RHP Phillippe Aumont tossed 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, striking out 5 as he allowed just 1 hit … LHP Greg Smith allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 over 6.0 innings in his only start … RHP Jason Marquis allowed a run and struck out 6 over 6.0 innings in his only start.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division … 34-45, 6th place … 0-6 for the week  … OF Peter Lavin hit .381 (8-21) with 2 HR, 2 3B,  2B, and a 1.314 OPS … Lavin has 10 HR this season … 1b Jake Fox hit .375 with 3 HR and 8 RBI this week, Fox is hitting .361 with 6 HR over his first 15 games with the Fightins … OF Kelly Dugan hit .273 with 2 HR this week … OF Aaron Altherr hit 2 HR, his total this season is now 6 … Brock Stassi and Edgar Duran also homered this week for Reading … RHP Severino Gonzalez allowed just 1 H and struck out 7 over 7.0 IP in his only start… LHP Matt Hoffman did not allow a run in 3 relief appearances, and has only allowed 1 R in his 6 G (6.0 IP) with Reading …RHP Seth Rosin allowed just 1 run over 4.0 IP in relief.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… First Half – 17-51, 6th place… Second Half – 4-7, 4th place…1-6 for the week … OF Brian Pointer hit .400 (8-20), HR, 2 2B … SS J.P. Crawford slugged 2 HR as he totaled 8 hits … CF Roman Quinn had 6 hits and 4 BB as he went a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts … 1B Art Charles hit 2 HR this week giving him a total of 7 so far this season … INF Angelo Mora had 6 hits including his 2nd HR of the season …RHP Colin Kleven went 7.0 innings in his only start … Kleven didn’t allow a walk as he struck out 5 batters and allowed 1 run … RHP Mark Leiter made his first start at CLR since earning a promotion from LWD … Leiter allowed 2 runs and struck out 6 over 6.0 innings … Leiter has a combined 91 strikeouts between levels which leads the PHI minor league system … RHP Kevin Walter tossed 4.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, totaling 4 strikeouts … RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez pitched 5.0 innings in relief, allowing 1 run, with no walks and 7 strikeouts.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division – First Half – 27-42, 6th place… Second Half – 2-9, 7hplace… 1-6 for the week … POTW 2B Andrew Pullin batted .444 (12-27) and ended the week on a 12-game hitting streak … INF Zach Green batted .333 (9-27), 2 2B, 2 HR … Green went 3-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI on 6/29 at WV … C/1B Willians Astudillo batted .333 with a HR … POTW RHP Jesen Therrien pitched 9.1 innings of relief allowing just 1 ER with 7 SO …Therrien picked up LWD’s only win this week, 6/29 at WV … RHP Wil Morris did not allow a run in 4.0 innings this week …Morris totaled 5 strikeouts as he walked just 1 batter … In his first 13.0 innings for LWD this season Morris has 15 strikeouts to only 1 BB.

Williamsport Crosscutters- New York-Penn League … 7-9, T-4thplace … 3-3 for the week  3B Jan Hernandezhit .333 with 2 HR, 2 2B, 2 SB … C Deivi Grullon hit .400 with a team high of 8 hits this week … OF Jiandido Tromp had 6 hits including 2 HR, 2B, 2 SB, he leads the team with 4 HR … 10th round pick OF Matt Shorthall hit .333 this week including his first professional HR … 7th round pick SS Emmanuel Marrero hit .389 (7-18) with one 2B and one SB … 3rd round pickOF Aaron Brown and 5th round pick Rhys Hoskins both hit their first professional HR this week …  16th round pick RHP Calvin Rayburn pitched 3.2 scoreless innings out of the pen and picked up his 2nd save of the season (other: 6/19 vs JAM)  … Mitch GuellerFrank Rivas and Alejandro Arteaga all picked up wins this week for the Crosscutters.

GCL Phillies-Gulf Coast League … 5-4, 2nd place … 2-4 for the week … SS Grenny Cumana hit .353 including 2 2B and his 1st HR … 3b Damek Tomscha (17th round pick) stayed hot hitting .316 on the week including 4 2B , he is hitting .423 over his first 7 professional games with a HR and 5 2B … OF Chase Harris (14th round pick) hit .381 including a 2B, 3B and 4 SB … Luis Encarnacion hit his first professional HR … 2nd round pick LHP Matt Imhof made his professional debut this week pitching 3 scoreless innings … RHP Seranthony Dominguez pitched 6 innings out of the bullpen and gave up 1 R, 2 BB and threw 8 SO … RHP Luis Morales picked up a win in his only start this week, he allowed just 1 run and struck out 5 in 5.0 innings of work.

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Meet Scott Harris

June 30th, 2014

Scott Harris was drafted by the Phillies in the 27th round of this year’s draft, and entering Monday night, had made two appearances with Lakewood and one with the GCL Phillies.

The former Buena Vista University (Iowa) left-hander retired all 7 hitters he faced on Friday against West Virginia and sat down for an interview prior to Monday’s game.

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Knapp On The Way Back

June 28th, 2014

BlueClaws catcher Andrew Knapp is on the way back after having Tommy John Surgery in the fall. The Phillies 2013 second round pick out of the University of California joined the BlueClaws on June 2nd and after starting 5-29, he is 17-50. He hit his second BlueClaws home run on Friday in West Virginia.

We caught up with Knapp on Saturday.

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Double-Dipping – Double-Header at 11:05

June 4th, 2014

The BlueClaws take on Greensboro in a Wednesday double-header this morning at 11:05. The teams were scheduled to play two last night, but were only able to play one, with the second game re-scheduled for today (both games will be seven innings).

Game Notes

Downright Offensive…The BlueClaws had scored 18 runs in their previous nine games before scoring eight on Tuesday night…They had scored 12 runs in seven games through Sunday and added 14 runs in their last two games.

Double-Dipping In The Morning…The BlueClaws and Grasshoppers will play a double-header today at FirstEnergy Park (making up a rainout from April 15th)…Lakewood is 3-3 in double-header games this year and lost their only double-header in Lakewood, losing a pair to Savannah on April 25th…The BlueClaws are 0-3 in morning games this year, losing their only home morning game to Charleston on 4/23.

Closing In…Willians Astudillo is 24-72 over his current 18-game hitting streak and is six off the franchise record of 24 set by Jiwan James…The longest hitting streak in the league this year is 22 by Asheville’s Pat Valaika….For Astudillo, this is his second hitting streak of at least 12 games this year (he had a 12-game streak snapped in a double-header against Savannah on April 25th).

Knapp This Way…Phillies 2013 2nd round pick Andrew Knapp (University of California) joined the BlueClaws on Monday from Clearwater and has driven in four runs in his first two games, including a three-run triple on Tuesday night…He joined the BlueClaws from Clearwater where he was hitting .154 since making his season debut on May 7th…Knapp (53rd) and JP Crawford (16th) were the Phillies first two picks last year.

Pullin Around…Andrew Pullin had a pair of two-run doubles on Tuesday night, giving him a career-high four RBIs…He had an 0-25 stretch snapped on Monday which saw his average dip from .266 to .231.

Lock It Down…Cody Forsythe earned his 8th save of the year by getting the final two outs of the win on May 28th…Forsythe came in with the bases loaded, nobody out, and a 10-7 lead and got three outs to beat West Virginia on 5/22…Forsythe had two saves with the GCL Phillies last year and was a starter at Southern Illinois.

Lakewood – Ranfi Casimiro

About: 21 year old, 6-8, 200 pound RHP from Santiago, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2011
Stats: 10 st – 2-5, 5.80 ERA, 45 IP, 51 H, 22 BB, 30 K…2013 (GCL) – 2-6, 5.21 ERA, 48.1 IP, 66 H, 15 BB, 30 K
Notes: Makes his 11th start of the year and second against Greensboro…He allowed four runs in four innings at Greensboro in his season debut on April 7th…Last time out, gave up eight runs/four earned in 3.1 innings of work on 5/30…Prior to that start, he gave up two runs in 17 innings over his previous three…Struck out a career high eight on May 18th vs Rome…Joined the BlueClaws this year after spending the previous two season with the GCL Phillies…Went 2-6 with a 5.21 ERA last year.
Season Highs…IP (6, 2x last 5/18 vs ROM)…Rs (9, 4/18 at HAG)…ERs (5, 4/18 at HAG)…Ks (8, 5/18 vs ROM)…BBs (4, 2x last 5/30 vs DEL)
Last Three Appearances: 5/30 vs DEL (L): 3.1 IP, 6 H, 8 R/4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K…5/25 at WV: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K…5/18 vs ROM (W): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 8 K

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