Former Claws at Other Camps

10springtraining1We’ve already looked at (Cheap viagra soft tabs” target=”_blank”>here) the 16 former BlueClaws in Phillies big league camp, but there are 20 other former BlueClaws in 12 big league camps around baseball.

The most heavily populated team with former ‘Claws? No surprise, the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • Travis d’Arnaud (2009): starting catcher on the 2009 SAL champion BlueClaws (.255-13-71), and was sent to the Blue Jays as part of the Roy Halladay trade. A non-roster invitee for the 21 year old who had never been above Lo-A is significant and impressive.
  • Kyle Drabek (2007): more on Drabek here, but the 2007 BlueClaws pitcher is considered one of the top 20 prospects in the sport. He could debut in Toronto later this summer or early 2011. He is another non-roster invitee.
  • Jesus Merchan (2005): Now in his 6th organization, Merchan played 25 games with the BlueClaws in 2005 and is a non-roster invitee here. Hit .339 with Arizona in AAA durign the 2008 season.
  • Randy Ruiz (2004): Hit 27 home runs with the BlueClaws, debuted with the Twins in 2008 and is now on the Jays 40-man roster. He homered in Yankee Stadium last year.

Oakland Athletics

  • Josh Outman (2006): on the 40-man roster, he came over in the Joe Blanton trade. He is recovering from June Tommy John sugery, as detailed here.
  • Michael Taylor (2008): Sent to Toronto in the Halladay deal, and then immediately to the A’s, Taylor will compete for a spot in the Oakland outfield this year, but will likely open in AAA since the A’s just signed Coco Crisp. This non-roster invite will be in the lineup everyday pretty soon.
  • Adrian Cardenas (2007): Sent to Oakland with Outman in the Blanton trade, he hit over .330 in AA last year but just .250 in AAA. Just 22, he’ll likely open 2010 in AAA Sacramento. A non-roster invite.

Cleveland Indians

  • Lou Marson (2006): the catcher on the 2006 champion BlueClaws made his big league debut with the Phillies in 2007 and was a part of the Cliff Lee trade last year.
  • Carlos Carrasco (2006): one of the big three pitchers on the ’06 Claws, Carrasco was also part of the Lee trade and made his big league debut in September with the Indians. Likely headed to AAA to open 2010.
  • Jason Donald (2007): Still waiting for Donald to make his big league debut, but it could come this year. He played two months with the BlueClaws before a promotion to Clearwater.

New York Yankees

  • Greg Golson (2006): Golson was acquired from the Rangers just a few weeks ago and is on the Yankees 40-man roster. He stole 50 bases over two seasons with Lakewood. He’s on the 40-man roster.
  • Zach Segovia (2002): Now with his third organization, Segovia will likely head to Scranton in 2010. He went 1-5 but had a 3.99 ERA. He has pitched in the big leagues with the Phillies (one game) and Nationals (eight). A non-roster invite.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Jason Jaramillo (2005): Traded to Pittsburgh before the 2008 Winter Meetings, he hit .304 with Lakewood in 2005. Last year, he played 63 games in the big leagues and will likely be a backup again.

Cincinnati Reds

  • Matt Maloney (2006): The third of the big three in 06 is also with another organization. He was traded for Kyle Lohse in 2007 and debuted last year, going 2-4, 4.87 over seven starts with Cincinnati.

Houston Astros

  • Michael Bourn (2004): He stole 57 bases with the BlueClaws, and 61 last year with Houston, when he became the first former BlueClaw to win a Gold Glove Award. He was sent over in the Brad Lidge trade.

Chicago White Sox

  • Gavin Floyd (2002): Had the misfortune of being the losing pitcher in a 2002 Lakewood no-hitter. Over the last two seasons with Chicago, he is 28-19 with a sub-4 ERA and just turned 27. An interesting fantasy sleeper.

Kansas City Royals

  • Robinson Tejeda (2001): An original BlueClaw, Tejeda pitched pretty well for KC last year, going 4-2, 3.54, gave up 43 hits in 73 innings and struck out 10.3 per nine (he walked six per nine).

Baltimore Orioles

  • Alfredo Simon (2003): Hurt last year, he only made two appearances with Baltimore after a good spring. He’s a non-roster invite.

Colorado Rockies

  • Taylor Buchholz (2001): He threw the first pitch in BlueClaws history, April 5, 2001 in Kannapolis. He found a role as a niche reliever with the Rockies, going 6-6, 2.17 and a 0.95 WHIP last year.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • RJ Swindle (2007): The slow-throwing, side-arm left was unhittable with the BlueClaws (0.93 ERA, 37 Ks, 5 BBs in 29 innings) and has been very good in the minors, but has allowed 16 runs in 11.1 big league innings. Pitched with Milwaukee last year and now is a non-roster invite with Tampa Bay.

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