Archive for April, 2010

ClawCast: Colby Shreve

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Last year was very tough on Colby Shreve. Not only did he miss 2008 with Tommy John Surgery, he missed 2009 after getting a bone spur, requiring more surgery from the noted Dr. James Andrews.

That’s all behind him now, however. Shreve made his pro debut Monday and his first pro start on Thursday, allowing just one run over 5.1 innings in a win over Kannapolis. He feels 100%, and he’s obviously excited to be pitching in real games.

“It was a significantly shorter rehab [last year] but after instructs, I got back into it, and the season ended,” he said before Friday’s game in Kannapolis.

“I think it was good for me though to have an off-season. The year before I was in Florida rehabbing the entire time.

“It’s been a long journey, but it’s good to be back.”

You can listen here to the full podcast.

And They’re Off…

Friday, April 30th, 2010

BlueClaws 1B Stephen Batts has issued a challenge to the team’s pitching staff. Batts thinks he could beat five out of six pitchers that he were to race in a 50 yard dash.

Batts is 1-1.

In a little team bonding event that went on earlier today, with about 20 teammates out watching (split with the hitters on one side and pitchers on the other), Batts beat Jarred Cosart by about 18 inches earlier today in the first of six. It was over at the start, however. Cosart got out of the gate a bit slow (fellow pitcher Josh Zeid was the starter), and Batts led from the first step to the last. So he’s 1-1. No word on who next next opponent will be tomorrow, but we’ll report back afterwards.

Also, we think Batts will have a very tough time beating Jacob Diekman.

Nice job by Antonio Bastardo in Lehigh Valley. I hope he didn’t unpack his bags. He was sent down yesterday when Brad Lidge was activated and called back up when Ryan Madson was placed on the DL today.

Game 22: BlueClaws (12-9) at Kannapolis (9-12)

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Welcome back to Kannapolis, NC. Game two after Lakewood beat the K-Dators 4-3 last night in 10 innings.

Listen Live (at 6:50)
Game Notes

LAK: RHP Colby Shreve (0-0, 9.00)
KAN: RHP Justin Collup (0-1, 9.00)

Leading the Way…While the BlueClaws do not have a hitter in the league’s top ten in batting average, they lead the league in hitting at .289. Lakewood has five regulars hitting over .300: Barnes .333, Buschini .315, Castro .314, Ruf .314, Villar .306.

On Shreve…Shreve, 22, makes his first professional start and just his second professional appearance after he debuted with Lakewood Monday night in Greensboro…Shreve was a 6th round pick in 2008 a month after having Tommy John Surgery. He was a 7th round pick of the Reds in 2007 but chose not to sign…His TJ Surgery forced him to miss both the 2008 and 2009 seasons and he began 2010 in extended spring training…Shreve had committed to Arkansas before signing with the Phillies after the draft…He was one of the highest ranked JUCO prospects before having surgery.

6:19: A beautiful evening. Just back from the unveiling of a Dale Earnhardt car which will be a permanent fixture here at the Cannon.


Sorry One More

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Weekly spot at 5:05 today to talk some BlueClaws…Domingo Santana, Colby Shreve, Jarred Cosart, and more. It all comes up at 5:05 on the Shore Sports Network, 1160 WOBM-AM, Fox Sports 1310 or Hope you can tune in!

Thursday Random Notes

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Some quick hitters on the BlueClaws, on and off the field.

  • Yankees and Mets affiliates will be in town next week. Charleston, the Yankees affiliate, is in Monday through Thursday and Savannah, the Mets affiliate, is in Friday through Monday.
  • Next Sunday, we’ll have the post-game pink jerseys, auctioned off live after the game. Anyone remember who brought in the most money in last year’s pink jersey auction?
  • Click here to see the full list of special jerseys the BlueClaws will auction off in 2010.
  • Next Thursday is Thirsty Thursday (and there will be a Toby Keith ticket raffle (June 19th at PNC Bank Arts Center).
  • Then next Friday, the first Friday Happy Hour of the year, with 1/2 price drinks and live music from 6 – 7 pm in the WRAT Trap. Details on the music here.

And some baseball stuff…

  • We mentioned the hitting streaks in the last post.
  • Looking forward to seeing Colby Shreve pitch tonight. It’s the first pro start for the 2008 6th round pick. He had Tommy John Surgery in May of that year, and didn’t make his pro debut until Monday, when he gave up a home run to the first batter he faced. He was considered a 2nd round guy until he had the surgery, and the Phillies obviously were impressed enough to take him and wait two years.
  • How about those Clearwater Threshers? In first place in the Florida State League. Here are their stats. Justin De Fratus, with Lakewood last year, has been closing for them.
  • With Brad Lidge returning tomorrow night (he leads Clearwater in starts by the way), 2007 BlueClaws LHP Antonio Bastardo has been optioned to Lehigh Valley.

Three Streaks of Note

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Rolling a 9…Both Jeremy Barnes (15-37) and Adam Buschini (15-38) have nine-game hitting streaks, tied for the longest on the season by a BlueClaws player…Last year, Travis d’Arnaud had a 15-game hitting streak…The team record is 21, set by Ambiorix Reyes in 2001.

Rolling a 16…Despite being just 12-50 over the stretch, Domingo Santana is working on a 16-game on-base streak, two off the longest in the league this year. In those 16 games, Santana has walked 14 times. The streak began in the second game of the season (April 9th).

ClawCast: Mark Parent

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

We sat down for a new ClawCast with manager Mark Parent before Wednesday’s game at Kannapolis. Some comments include the improved starting pitching, college players vs inexperienced high school players, the emergence of Josh Zeid at the back of the bullpen, and what he wants to see in the next three weeks of the season.

You can listen here.

Catch of the Day

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Here’s the Catch of the Day program cover for the second homestand. Jiwan James and Michael Taylor featured.


Phillies Minor Leauge Review

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

From the desk of Larry Shenk…

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RHP Phillippe Aumont, Reading Phillies.  1-1 for two starts, allowing 1 run in 11 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts.  Lost, 2-1, on Monday and won, 1-0 on Sunday.  Pitched 6 innings of no-hit ball on Sunday; left the game after 81 pitches.  For the season: 1-1, 3.32 ERA, 4 starts. The 21-year-old came to the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade with Seattle on 12/16/09.  He was Seattle’s #1 selection in 2007.

**Player: 2B Fidel Hernandez, Clearwater Threshers.  Hit .417 in 6 games and led the organization with 10 hits.  Had 3 2-hit games. Ended the week riding an 8-game hitting streak .The 24-year-old was signed as an amateur free agent in 2003.  He’s hitting .370 in 12 games for the season.


ALS Celeb Waiter Event: May 26th

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

The BlueClaws will host their annual ALS Celebrity Waiter event on Wednesday, May 26th, at 6 pm at FirstEnergy Park.

BlueClaws players will serve as the waiters and the coaching staff will be the bartenders at the event, which will be held for the 10th time.

A cocktail hour and reception, which includes a meet and greet with BlueClaws players and coaches, will be held from 6 pm – 7 pm, with a buffet dinner to follow.

All proceeds, including tips, will benefit the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia, the principal charity of the Phillies. The first nine years have raised over $90,000 for ALS patients and their families.

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This is a very important event on the BlueClaws community calendar every year, and event that raises about $10,000 per year for a charity that is very important to us and the Phillies. We hope you can join us!

Game 20: BlueClaws (10-9) at Greensboro (7-12)

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Good morning everyone. Lakewood looks to even this series 2-2 here on getaway day in Greensboro.

Listen Live (10:45)

LAK: RHP Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 5.52)
GBO: RHP Curtis Petersen (0-2, 9.72)

Walk This Way…The BlueClaws are third in the league in walks, having walked 74 times in their first 19 games. Jeremy Barnes is 4th in the league with 12, but Domingo Santana and Darin Ruf have drawn 11 and Adam Buschini 10 walks on the year.

One More Hit
…The BlueClaws lead the league with a .299 average as a team this year. Four regulars (Ruf .338, Castro .329, Barnes .329 and Buschini .323) are hitting over .300. Ruf is 10th in the league to this point.

Just Grand…The BlueClaws did not hit a grand slam in 2009, and Adam Bushini’s grand slam on Monday was their first of the season. It was Buschini’s third home run of the year and just Lakewood’s second home run in the last 12 games.

Boosh the Bat…Adam Buschini has hit in seven straight games (13-30) over that stretch and hit a grand slam on Monday night. He began the year 8-35 before his current hot streak…He was a 4th round pick last year out of Cal-Poly.

One More Hit Streak…Jeremy Barnes is also on a seven-game hitting streak (12-29)…The two seven game hitting streaks are the longest of the season for the BlueClaws. Travis d’Arnaud had a 15-game hitting streak last year, but the team record is Ambiorix Reyes, who hit in 21 straight in 2001.

Good Morning

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Sun’s out today for a 10:45 am start here in Greensboro between the BlueClaws and Grasshoppers. Lakewood looks for a win to split the series. Listen here, on 1160 WOBM-AM or Fox Sports 1310. Some quick BlueClaws notes:

  • Adam Buschini’s grand slam last night was the first since 2008. Lakewood did not hit a grand slam all of last year.
  • The BlueClaws hit two home runs yesterday, their second and third home runs since the first road trip ended on April 15th. They went through a little power outage for a bit.
  • RHP Colby Shreve, who made his pro debut last night, giving up one run in one inning of relief, will start on Thursday in Jarred Cosart’s spot. Cosart was placed on the DL with a blister on Sunday.
  • There will be 6,000 second graders here today. Nick Hernandez, who will do the charts in the stands, is not looking forward to that little nugget.
  • Lakewood is just a half-game out of first behind Delmarva, who was rained out yesterday in Hagerstown.
  • Lakewood is 3rd in the league in walks with 74. Jeremy Barnes is 4th with 12 to lead the team, but Domingo Santana and Darin Ruf have 11 while Adam Buschini has 10.
  • The BlueClaws are hitting a cool .299.

Two for the Musically Inclined

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Attention music fans…we have a couple of things on that we think you’ll like.

First, May 22nd is our annual Concert Ticket Extravaganza, where you can win tickets to area music shows for this summer. Included in this year’s listing, which will grow, are Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, and Jimmy Buffett.

Click here to see the list of what we have so far (it will grow).

Second, this summer in the WRAT Trap, we’ll have a number of different performers who earn their spot through competitions at the Local Shack, a Lakewood restaurant whose mission is to discover and develop young musical artists.

Click here to see that list and for information on how you can be a part.

Congrats to Ryan Howard

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Congrats to 2002 BlueClaws 1B Ryan Howard, who today signed a 5-year $125 million contract extension. The BlueClaws will retire Howard’s number 29 on September 2nd, and his wallet should be a little thicker.

Howard hit 19 home runs with the 2002 BlueClaws a year after the Phillies took him in the 5th round (SW Missouri State, now Missouri State). He returned to Lakewood to rehab in 2007 and hit another home run.

He was the first former BlueClaws player to reach the big leagues (full list here).

From the story

Howard will earn $20 million in each of the 2012 and 2013 seasons and $25 million per season from 2014-16. The Phillies hold a club option for the 2017 season that is worth $23 million with a $10 million buyout.


In 2009, Howard became just the fourth player in baseball history to boast at least 40 home runs and 130-plus RBIs in four consecutive seasons, joining Babe Ruth (seven straight seasons), Ken Griffey Jr. (four) and Sammy Sosa (four).

He also reached 200 home runs the fastest of any player, achieving the milestone in just his 658th game.