Archive for November, 2012

Former BlueClaws Recognized By Baseball America

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Several former BlueClaws that are currently in other organizations were recognized by Baseball America in their annual “Top 10 Prospects” lists (link here) for various organizations.

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#1. Travis d’Arnaud (2009) – d’Arnaud helped the BlueClaws win their second South Atlantic League title (in 2009), and was traded to the Blue Jays after the season as part of the deal that brought Roy Halladay to the Phillies. d’Arnaud finished his third season with the Blue Jays and playing in AAA Las Vegas, he hit .333 with 16 HRs and 52 RBIs before an unfortunate knee injury (torn PCL) in late June ended his season. He’ll be healthy for spring training and will almost certainly make his big league debut at some point in 2013. GM Alex Anthopoulos said the following:

“We just want to see him get back, hopefully have a good spring training, go down to the minor leagues, get his swing back and we’ll worry about him hopefully when he’s having a great year down there and he can make our decision hard.”

The other former BlueClaw with Toronto, d’Arnaud’s 2009 teammate Anthony Gose, is obviously no longer considered a prospect after playing 56 games with the Blue Jays this year.

#2 Jonathan Singleton (2010) – Singleton joined the BlueClaws from extended spring training in May of 2010 and hit 14 home runs and drove in 77 runs in helping the BlueClaws win their second straight title. He was traded to the Astros in July of 2011 as part of the deal that brought Hunter Pence to Philadelphia. This past year, he hit .284 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs with Double-A Corpus Christi. He had a great Arizona Fall League as well and will likely start 2013 in Triple-A and make his big league debut at some point later in the season.

Note that the only player ranked ahead of Singleton on the Astros list was SS Carlos Correa, who was the #1 overall pick in the 2012 draft. BA did note they consider Singleton the best first base prospect in the minors. The other noteworthy thing for Singleton is that with the Astros moving to the American League, there are potential at bats as a DH for him (or someone else) that weren’t there last year.

#7 Jarred Cosart (2010) – Cosart made 14 starts, going 7-3, 2.79, with the BlueClaws in 2010. He was then traded to the Astrros, with Singleton, in 2011 as part of the Hunter Pence trade. Last year, Cosart, a native of League City, Texas (just 25 miles from Minute Maid Park), pitched for both AA Corpus Christi (5-5, 3.52) and AAA Oklahoma City (1-2, 2.60). He’ll open 2013 in the starting rotation at Oklahoma City and is another that could debut in the big leagues this year.

BA notes that while he is a starter for now, some think he will end up a closer at some point in the future.

Misc Notes…All three of these players were ranked in the Baseball America Top 50 (overall) entering the 2012 season (click here)…d’Arnaud and Singleton were both top 25 in BA’s mid-season list this year (here)…We were a little surprised that fellow 2010 BlueClaw Jonathan Villar didn’t make the Astros top ten. Villar hit .261 in Double-A this year adding 39 stolen bases and just turned 21. I’m sure he’s in the top 15, but those aren’t revealed until the Prospect Handbook comes out in late January.

If you’re wondering, the Phillies list is slated to be revealed on Monday, December 17th.

Three Former BlueClaws Added to 40-Man Roster

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

One quick post before Thanksgiving – and first we want to wish both of you (see what we did there) a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Yesterday, the Phillies added four players to their 40-man roster, bringing their 40-man up to 38 as of right now. Zach Collier (BlueClaws 2009, 2011), Trevor May (2009-10), Jonathan Pettibone (2010) and Ethan Martin were added, protecting them from the Rule 5 Draft, which takes place at the Winter Meetings in Nashville on Thursday, December 6th.

Pettibone split the year between Reading (9-7, 3.30) and Lehigh Valley (4-1, 2.55 in seven starts) and just turned 22 in July. He was a 3rd round pick in 2008 who had advanced one level per year until his in-season promotion to the IronPigs, where he will likely open 2013. He was not among the Phillies top tier prospects when the season started but is now.

May and Pettibone were teammates with the BlueClaws championship club in 2010 and May was also on the team that won the league title in 2009. This year with Reading, he went 10-13, 4.87 but struck out 151 in 149 innings pitched. He entered the year as the top prospect in the organization and is certainly still in the top five.

Collier was drafted in 2008, played with the BlueClaws for most of 2009, missed 2010 with an injury, and returned to Lakewood in 2011. This year, he played for Clearwater, hitting .269 with 11 stolen bases, but really earned his spot on the 40-man in the Arizona Fall League, when he hit .371 (23-62).

Martin was acquired from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino trade at the deadline this year, and went 5-0, 3.18 over seven starts at the end of the season for Reading.

Congrats to those players, who were all very excited.

Collier tweeted: Im really looking foward to going to big league camp this year #madethe40man #bigleaguecamp #Godisgood #letsgetit

Players that were signed at 18 or younger and have been in the organization for five years or players signed at 19 or older that have been in the organization for four years and are not on the 40-man roster can be selected in the Rule 5 Draft. They would have to stay on the drafting team’s 25-man Major League roster for the duration of the season or be offered back. The Phillies lost 2011 BlueClaw Lendy Castillo to the Cubs in the Rule 5 last year. Among those unprotected were 2010 BlueClaws outfielders Jiwan James and Leandro Castro.

VIDEO: Baseball Volunteer Day

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

We mentioned Baseball Volunteer Day on the blog yesterday. Below is a video put together by the Phillies and their expert video man Dan Stephenson, Manager of Vi

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Morandini to Return as Manager in 2013

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The big news we referenced in our previous post: Mickey Morandini will return to the BlueClaws as the team’s manager in 2013 after leading the BlueClaws in 2012.

Greg Legg (coach) and Aaron Fultz (pitching coach) round out the staff.


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Phillies minor league staff listing:

Trivia: Morandini will be the 3rd BlueClaws manager to lead the team in two different seasons. Can you name the other two?

Answer, along with the remainder of the release, below the jump.


A Thank You

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

First of all, we’re back. Except for a little note on Halloween, this is our first post since October 25th, which was four days before Hurricane Sandy hit our area. The ballpark came through fine, but obviously our area did not, in many places. <

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a href=”″ target=”_blank”>Here was a message the BlueClaws released in the aftermath of the storm.

The reason for this post…

Yesterday, our sister teams (the Phillies, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Reading Fightin’ Phils, and Trenton Thunder) were gracious enough to have their staffs come down to the ballpark and we ended up sending out 164 people to 15 different sites across Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

“It was our own ‘Baseball Volunteer Day,'” said BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brown. “We thank all of these teams who came from a significant distance away during a busy time of the year to help out in our communities. That says a lot about all of these great teams. We are thrilled they are part of our baseball family.”

In addition, each team held a supply drive at their parks over the previous week and items, including clothing, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and more were donated to local relief efforts.

The volunteers were broken up into 15 groups and went to different locations, including the towns Point Pleasant, Bay Head, Manasquan, Belmar, Seaside Heights, and Union Beach, as well as several non-profit organizations including Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity.

Click here for photos from the event.

Elsewhere…The plan is to get back to blogging regularly. We have to wrap up the Arizona Fall League, some other Winter League stuff, and we’ll start to mix in some interviews.

We also have what is a relatively “major announcement” coming up later today.