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.
#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.