Lehigh Valley’s season ended (with a 4-1 loss to Columbus) at approximately 9:57 last night. At 10:00, my phone buzzed with an email from the Phillies, a press release announcing that they had called up five players from Lehigh Valley:
The Phillies recalled outfielder Domonic Brown and right-hander Justin DeFratus and selected the contracts of catcher Erik Kratz, left-hander Joe Savery and outfielder Brandon Moss from from triple-A Lehigh Valley, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced tonight.
Domonic Brown and Justin De Fratus are in there, two former BlueClaws. Brown has already been up of course, but De Fratus…#39.
The BlueClaws are very excited for De Fratus, who, when he gets into a game, will not only be the 39th former BlueClaw to appear in a big league game, but the first from the championship club of 2009.
De Fratus, who is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, Tweeted this:
This is the best day of my life. Just got called up to the Major Leagues.
Congrats to Justin and the other four players.
Also, Ryne Sandberg, the Lehigh Valley manager, will also join the Phillies as an additional coach. As Paul Hagen notes:
When Ryne Sandberg was hired to manage Triple A Lehigh Valley last offseason, some handicappers installed him as Charlie Manuel’s heir apparent.
Now that the onetime Phillies farmhand who became a Hall of Famer after being traded to the Cubs before the 1982 season has taken an IronPigs franchise that never spent a day above .500 to the finals of the International League playoffs, it’s fair to wonder if he still will be around when Manuel decides to call it quits.
That’s a long way off and there’s a lot of baseball left, but it’s something to keep in mind.
Two of Justin’s 2009 teammates, Anthony Gose and Travis d’Arnaud, won awards from the Blue Jays, and they are both one win away from an Eastern League title after a 5-3 win last night in Richmond.
We’re playing in a mini golf tournament today but we’ll have more later.