We’ll have a bit more tomorrow but here is the full BlueClaws release on the former BlueClaws that helped land Hunter Pence tonight for the Phillies.
Note that in the past two Julys, the Phillies have acquired Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence from Houston for seven players, four of whom were 2010 BlueClaws: Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart and Josh Zeid today for Pence and Jonathan Villar was in the deal last year for Roy Oswalt.
In acquiring Astros OF Hunter Pence on Friday night, three players who helped the 2010 BlueClaws win the South Atlantic League title were traded to the Houston organization: 1B Jonathan Singleton, RHP Jarred Cosart and RHP Josh Zeid.
Singleton led the BlueClaws with 14 home runs in 2010 after joining the team on May 13th. This year, he was batting .284 with 9 home runs playing for Clearwater in the Florida State League. Singleton was an 8th round pick of the Phillies in 2009 from Lakewood, California.
Cosart, a 38th round pick in 2008, went 7-3, 3.79 with Lakewood in 2010 and was selected to the Futures Game, though he could not participate due to injury. He was picked again this year and went 9-8, 3.92 with Clearwater.
Zeid, drafted in the 10th round of the 2009 draft from Tulane, went 8-4, 2.93 with Lakewood last year. He threw eight shutout innings for the BlueClaws in the 2010 South Atlantic League Championship Series.
At the trade deadline in 2010, the Phillies acquired Roy Oswalt for a package that included 2010 BlueClaws SS Jonathan Villar, now playing with Double-A Corpus Christi, making four of the seven players traded to Houston for Oswalt and Pence were teammates on the 2010 BlueClaws.
Entering 2010, Singleton was ranked the 2nd best prospect in the system per Baseball America. Cosart was ranked 4th.
BlueClaws or former BlueClaws have been involved in trades in each of the last three years.
- July 2009: Jason Knapp (2009), Carlos Carrasco (2006), Lou Marson (2006) and Jason Donald (2006) traded to Cleveland for Cliff Lee.
- December 2009: Kyle Drabek (2007), Michael Taylor (2008), and Travis d’Arnaud traded to Toronto for Roy Halladay.
- July 2010: Jonathan Villar (2010), JA Happ (2005) and Anthony Gose (2009) traded to Houston for Roy Oswalt.
- July 2011: Jonathan Singleton (2010), Jarred Cosart (2010), and Josh Zeid (2010) traded to Houston for Hunter Pence.
The BlueClaws return to FirstEnergy Park on August 5th for a four-game series with West Virginia.
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