De Fratus Debuts…#39

Justin De Fratus became the 39th former BlueClaw to appear in a big league game when he threw a shutout inning last night in a 5-0 Phillies loss to St. Louis.

De Fratus, the first member of the 2009 championship BlueClaws to make his big league debut, went 5-6 with a 3.19 ERA with Lakewood that year and was a member of the mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star team.

This year, De Fratus started with Reading and went 4-0, 2.10 and was promoted to Lehigh Valley, where he was 2-3, 3.73. He was officially added to the Phillies on Friday night after Lehigh Valley’s season came to an end in the Governors Cup Finals.

He had 21 saves and a 1.94 ERA between Clearwater and Reading in 2010 and played in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. De Fratus was originally an 11th round pick in 2007 from Ventura College (CA).

In addition to becoming the 39th former BlueClaw to play in a Major League game, he is the third to debut this year, following Mike Stutes (2008), who debuted with the Phillies in April and Michael Taylor (2010), who debuted with the Athletics on September 2nd.

Here is the full Shore to the Show list.

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