The BlueClaws wish the best of luck to both Reading and Lehigh Valley, our fellow Phillies affiliates, who start their post-seasons on Wednesday night.
Here is a preview of the Reading/New Hampshire series from the R-Phils official site, and here is one for Lehigh Valley/Pawtucket.
Let’s take a look at some of the former BlueClaws on each of the two rosters.
RHP Tyson Brummett (2008) – Former UCLA Bruin won the playoff clincher on Labor Day and was 4-8, 4.52 with Reading this year.
RHP Mike Cisco (2008) – Had a great year in the pen with a sub-2 ERA and has allowed 2 ER in his last 20 innings entering the playoffs.
RHP Tyler Cloyd (2009) – Game one starter was an All-Star with Lakewood before getting promoted at the All-Star break…Cloyd is 6-3, 2.78 with Reading this year.
LHP Jacob Diekman (2008-2010) – Lefty specialist is heading to the Arizona Fall League this year and held lefties to a batting average of just .099 this year.
RHP Joe Esposito (2010) – Joined the BlueClaws from the Long Island Ducks last year and is 5-5 as a starter with Reading.
RHP Austin Hyatt (2009) – Dominated in the playoffs for Lakewood two years ago and led the R-Phils with 12 wins this year. He’ll start game three on Friday night in Reading.
RHP Chris Kissock (2008) – Went 3-7, 4.82 with Reading this year out of the bullpen.
RHP BJ Rosenberg (2009) – He did not allow an ER with Lakewood from Memorial Day until a promotion straight to Reading on August 6th. He’s been a starter and a reliever with Reading, going 5-7, 4.28 and will likely come out of the pen in the playoffs.
C Tuffy Gosewisch (2007) – Caught the last eight games of the year to help Reading make the playoffs. A great defensive catcher, Gosewisch hit .247 with a career high 13 home runs this year.
C Tim Kennelly (2006-2008) – Gosewisch’s backup hit .215 with three HRs this year. One of several Australians in the system.
SS Troy Hanzawa (2009) – Slick-fielding shortstop spent most of the last two years with Clearwater but joined Reading about 10 days ago.
1B Matt Rizzotti (2008) – Former Manhattan College Jasper hit .295-24-84 with Reading this year and the 24 HRs were a career high. Was an Eastern League post-season All-Star.
3B Steve Singleton (2011) – Was with Lakewood for only 11 games before going to Reading in early August…He hit a grand slam in his first at bat with the R-Phils.
OF Derrick Mitchell (2008) – Hit a career high .265 and a career high 19 home runs this year with Reading.
OF Mike Spidale (2006) – Spidale, who won a batting title with Lakewood in 2006, led Reading with a .326 batting average this year, third best in the Eastern League.
Also – manager Mark Parent (2010) and pitching coach Bob Milacki (2009) both won championships with the BlueClaws.
RHP Chance Chapman (2008) – Has bounced around the system this year but went to Lehigh for good on August 15th where he is 2-2, 5.29.
RHP Justin De Fratus (2009) – One of Lakewood’s best pitchers in 2009, De Fratus starred with Clearwater and Reading last year, Reading this year before moving to Lehigh Valley, where he is 2-3, 3.73 with 7 saves and will anchor the back of the bullpen with Phillippe Aumont and Mike Zagurski.
RHP Scott Mathieson (2004) – Has come back from multiple arm surgeries and moved into the IronPigs rotation in July. He’s 2-2, 3.28 on the year.
LHP Mike Zagurski (2006) – Fan-favorite with Lakewood in 2006, he made his big league debut in May of 2007. This year, he’s 4-0, 2.65 with Lehigh Valley, adding in 11 saves. He appeared in four games with the Phillies.
SS Freddy Galvis (2008) – Nobody has ever questioned his fielding but Galvis has had a great year at the plate, hitting .273 with Reading and .298 with Lehigh Valley, where he has been for 33 games. He wont’ turn 22 until November.
OF Domonic Brown (2008) – Top prospect has settled into the IronPigs OF so he can play every day, though he was sick and missed some time at the end of the regular season. Hitting .261-3-15 with the Pigs this year.
Also, Reading is playing New Hampshire with C Travis d’Arnaud (BC 2009), who hit .311-21-78 this year and OF Anthony Gose (BC 2009), who hit .253-16-59 and stole 70 bases, second most in Minor League Baseball. Both were post-season All-Stars in the Eastern League this year. d’Arnaud was the league MVP.