LAKEWOOD, NJ – Baseball America announced their annual Phillies prospect list on Monday with a heavy BlueClaws flavor. Top ranked Domonic Brown played for Lakewood in 2008 with players ranked second through seventh all playing for the BlueClaws during their 2010 run to the South Atlantic League title.
Brown, who became the 35th former BlueClaw to reach the big leagues in the team’s 10 year history, led the list which featured (in order): 1B Jonathan Singleton, RHP Brody Colvin, RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Trevor May, C Sebastian Valle, OF Jiwan James, LHP Jesse Biddle, OF Domingo Santana, and OF Aaron Altherr.
Singleton, Colvin, Cosart, May, Valle, and James were with the BlueClaws when they won the South Atlantic League title, while Biddle, Santana and Altherr could be with Lakewood in 2011.
“It’s always exciting to see guys play here in Lakewood who have a great chance to reach the big leagues,” said BlueClaws general manager Geoff Brown. “Our fans have seen some great players over the last few years and it looks like there’s more on the way.”
Brown, a 23 year old who ranks first on this list for the third straight year, began the season at Reading, where he hit .318 with 15 home runs and was promoted in June to Lehigh Valley. With the IronPigs, he hit .346 in 28 games and made his Phillies debut on July 29th. Brown played with the BlueClaws in 2008 and became the 35th (of 36) former BlueClaws to reach the big leagues.
Singleton, who turned 19 the day the BlueClaws clinched the league title, moved up from 20th on this list last year. He hit .290 with 14 home runs and 77 RBIs with Lakewood this year after joining the BlueClaws on May 13th, hitting a home run in just his second at bat. He was an 8th round pick in 2009 from Long Beach, California and also recognized as having the best power and strike zone discipline in the organization.
Colvin, 20, was in Lakewood’s rotation for the entire 2010 season, where he went 6-8 with a 3.39 ERA. He had a 2.00 ERA, best in the South Atlantic League, after May 15th and did not allow more than three earned runs in his last 20 starts (two ER or less in 16). Colvin was a 7th round pick in 2009 from Lafayette, Louisiana and was ranked 11th on this list last year.
Cosart, 20, made 14 starts for Lakewood this year, going 7-3 with a 3.79 ERA and striking out 77 in 71.1 innings pitched. He was also selected (with Brown) to the MLB Futures Game, but was unable to participate due to injury. Originally a 38th round pick in 2008 from League City, Texas, he was ranked 12th on this list last year.
May, 21, began the season with Clearwater and was sent to the BlueClaws on the 4th of July, where he went 7-3 with a 2.91 ERA and struck out 92 in just 65 innings pitched. He threw seven shutout innings in Game One of the SAL Division Series and in two post-seasons with Lakewood, he allowed just one earned run in 22 innings. He was a 4th round pick from Kelso, Washington in 2008 and was 5th on this list last year.
Valle, a 20 year old catcher, led the BlueClaws with 16 home runs in 2010. The native of Los Mochis, Mexico also hit the game winning home run in the 5th inning of Game Four of the SAL Championship Series to help clinch Lakewood’s second consecutive league title. He was ranked 7th on this list last year.
James, 21, ranked seventh after hitting .270 with 33 stolen bases for Lakewood this year. He also had a franchise-record 24 game hitting streak and was one of the best defensive outfielders in the South Atlantic League. James was recognized as best defensive outfielder, best athlete, and fastest baserunner. He was 13th on this list last year.
Biddle, from Philadelphia, was the Phillies first round pick in the 2010 draft. The 18-year old opened with the Gulf Coast League and then went to Williamsport, pitching to a 3.30 ERA over a combined 43.2 innings pitched. If he opens the 2011 season with Lakewood, he would be the sixth Phillies first round pick to play for the BlueClaws.
Santana, 18, opened the 2010 season with Lakewood as a 17-year old and at the time was the youngest player ever to play for the BlueClaws. He was sent to Williamsport in June and added five home runs and 20 RBIs. If he opens 2011 with Lakewood at age 18, it will still mark the second youngest a player has ever been while wearing a BlueClaws uniform. He was 10th on this list last year.
Outfielder Aaron Altherr rounds out the top ten. The 19 year old split last year between the GCL and Williamsport, hitting a combined .297. He could also open with the BlueClaws in 2011. Altherr was a 9th round pick in 2009 from Buckeye, Arizona.
The 2011 BlueClaws open on April 7th and will look to become the first team since Greensboro (1980-82) to win three consecutive South Atlantic League titles.
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