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y=news_mlb&c_id=mlb” target=”_blank”>MLB announced the participants in the 14th annual Futures Game, which will take place on July 8th in Kansas City as part of the All-Star festivities. The BlueClaws had four alums play in the 2008 game but five marks the franchise record. Each organization gets at least one, and the BlueClaw representatives cover three different organizations.
Anthony Gose (Toronto) – Gose stole a franchise record 76 bases with the BlueClaws as part of the 2009 championship season. He was traded to the Astros and then the Blue Jays at the trading deadline in 2010 and this year is hitting .288 with 24 stolen bases with Las Vegas (AAA).
Travis d’Arnaud (Toronto) – d’Arnaud hit 13 home runs with the BlueClaws in 2009 and months after the season ended, he was sent to Toronto in the deal that brought Roy Halladay to the Phillies. Last year, he was the MVP of the Eastern League and this year, he’s hitting .335 with 15 home runs with Las Vegas (AAA). He and Gose have been teammates every year since 2009 with the exception of the first half of 2010, before Gose joined the Blue Jays.
Jonathan Singleton (Astros) – Singleton joined the BlueClaws on May 13th of 2010 and hit 10 home runs before the All-Star break, including two on the day Lakewood clinched the first half title. He ended up hitting 14 home runs that year and was traded to Houston at the deadline in 2011 as part of the deal that brought the Phillies Hunter Pence. This year, he’s playing for AA Corpus Christi and hitting .274 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs.
Julio Rodriguez (Phillies) – Rodriguez, from Puerto Rico, joined Lakewood in May and went to Williamsport for a couple of weeks before re-joining the BlueClaws. With Lakewood, he was virtually unhittable, allowing 32 hits in 56.1 innings with 90 strikeouts. He made it to AA Reading this year, where so far he is 4-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 71 Ks in 73.2 innings pitched. Last year, he led the minors with 16 wins while pitching for Clearwater.
Lisalverto Bonilla (Phillies) – With Lakewood last year, Bonilla went 4-5 with a 2.80 ERA after joining the team in early May. He struck out 95 hitters in 106 innings. He began this year with Clearwater, allowing 2 ER in 13.1 innings pitched before a promotion to Reading. With the R-Phils, he is 2-1, 2.28 out of the pen with 33 Ks in 23.2 IP.
Gose, d’Arnaud, and Singleton will play for the US All-Stars, managed by George Brett. Rodriguez and Bonilla will play for the World team, managed by Bernie Williams.
Congrats to these five players!