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Archive for February, 2009
We mentioned the big three starters of the 2006 BlueClaws SAL title team in a post the other day. Let’s look at some other
former BlueClaws around baseball. Some good news, some not so much.
We’ll start in Oakland with Adrian Cardenas (BlueClaws 2007). He was acquired along with Josh Outman in the Joe Blanton trade in July. Lisa Winston of MLB.com catches up with Cardenas, now at his first big league camp in Arizona. It’s a great story, because Cardenas didn’t grow up, like so many others, with baseball as the focus of his life.
“To this day, my parents don’t know anything about baseball. The only reason I’m playing is because I worked so hard at it, not because I had some psycho father or mother bombarding me with demands to get out there and play,” recalled Cardenas, who grew up in Miami. “They were more like that with piano and that’s where I learned discipline. There were many times I wanted to quit and they made me stick with it.”
Winston also writes about former BlueClaw Scott Mitchinson (2006-07), now with the Athletics.
Mitchinson, who was acquired in the Minor League portion of the Rule 5 draft, December 2007, went 5-3 with a 1.74 ERA with Kane County in the Midwest League. He’ll be given a shot to reach Double-A this year with the Athletics. In 2004, Mitchinson won the Paul Owens Award as the Phillies Minor League pitcher of the year. He went 7-0 with 60 Ks and 1 BB with the GCL Phillies.
He’s always had talent, it’s a matter of staying healthy. We wish him luck.
Drew Naylor (2008) and Joel Naughton (2007-08), both in big league camp with the Phillies, could be a battery combination, as they were in Queensland and Lakewood, for Australia in the World Baseball Classic.
That would be neat.
Phillies Director of Minor Leagues Steve Noworyta tells Baseball America that 2008 BlueClaws pitchers and Phillies draft picks Vance Worley and Michael Stutes (pictured) both have a chance to start the year in Double-A.
“A lot will be determined by what they did in the offseason, how they come into camp, and how they pitch this spring,” he said.
Worley was a Phillies draft pick in 2005, but he went to Long Beach State before the Phils got him again in last year’s third round. Stutes won two national titles at Oregon State and was a ninth round pick.
Two former BlueClaws were released this week. The Phillies said goodbye to Welinson Baez (2006-07), who was a former third baseman they tried to convert to a pitcher. The Twins released Bobby Korecky (2002), who appeared in 16 games with the Twins last year.
Just 45 days to go until the BlueClaws opener, but 4/5 (April 5th) is a very special day at Citizens Bank Park, as the Phillies will raise their 2008 World Series Championship banner. It’s a Sunday night game against the Atlanta Braves, and Cole Hamels (BlueClaws 2003) will get the start for the Phils.
Meanwhile, recovering second baseman Chase Utley, who had offseason hip surgery, hopes to be ready to go. If not, Jason Donald (BlueClaws 2007), a non-roster invitee to spring training, will have a chance to make the team, as will Brad Harman (BlueClaws 2005) and Eric Bruntlett.
Basic point being…Opening Day is coming soon.
Hey look, they’re playing baseball.
Last week, Baseball Prospectus came out with their annual top 100 prospect list, featuring several former BlueClaws.
- 43. Carlos Carrasco (2006), RHP, Phillies
- 55. Michael Taylor (2008), OF, Phillies
- 92. Kyle Drabek (2007), RHP, Phillies
- 93. Adrian Cardenas (2007), SS, Athletics
Just goes to show how subjective these lists can be. Dominic Brown is in the top 50 of the lists put out by the writers at Baseball America, but he can’t crack the top three Phillies prospects per Baseball Prospectus.
A few others of note…
- 2. David Price, LHP, Rays, Phillies saw him in the World Series
- 13. Tommy Hanson, RHP, Braves, Phillies will see a lot of him real soon…Braves refused to include in trade for Jake Peavy
- 30. Matt LaPorta, 1B, Indians, traded from Brewers for CC Sabathia
- 38. Jesus Montero, C, Yankees, top Yankees prospect
- 45. Fernando Martinez, OF, Mets, top Mets prospect
- 72. Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Brewers, hit 100 on FirstEnergy Park radar gun in 2007
- 83. Nick Weglarz, OF, Indians, hit home run over Coors Light WRAT Trap in 2007
- 85. Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Cubs, former Notre Dame receiver
- 86. Todd Frazier, SS, Reds, Toms River native, played at Rutgers
Just 46 days to go until the BlueClaws 2009 opener on April 9th, a few less days than that for the Phillies opener on April 5th, and that’s where we land for today’s 70 in 70 update.
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Here’s a great article from the New York Times which talks about the relationship between Moyer and former BlueClaws manager Steve Roadcap in the early 90s at the lower levels of the Chicago Cubs organization. The Cubs released Moyer from their minor league camp and tried to keep him on as Roadcap’s bullpen coach in Peoria. Moyer was 29 and felt he had more baseball left in him. He was right.
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times caught up with Moyer this week in Clearwater, and asked him about possibly pitching at age 50.
“Oh, I don’t know. I’m closer to 50 than I am 40,” said Moyer. “But a lot has to happen, a lot of things have to go the right way for that to happen. My feeling is, I’m going to take this year and enjoy it.”
Re-signing Moyer was one of the top priorities of GM Ruben Amaro in his first offseason, and while it looked iffy at times, they got the deal done before the Winter Meetings in December.
“I’m sure if you ask Jamie, he’ll say that he will play out a few more contracts,” Amaro said at the time. “I know on paper it probably says this is his last contract, but it will be fun to see how it plays out.”