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Anthony Gose Steals Home

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Here is a video of 2009 BlueClaws OF Anthony Gose’s straigh steal of home last night for the Buffalo Bisons, AAA affiliate of the Blue Jays.

Catching Up – d’Arnaud to the Mets

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Obviously you knew this already but we just wanted to share our best wishes and congratulations to Travis d’Arnaud, 2009 BlueClaws catcher, who was traded from Toronto to the Mets, a deal completed on Monday which sent RA Dickey to the Blue Jays.

d’Arnaud has now been a centerpiece of two trades for Cy Young winners (he was sent to Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade in December, 2009) and he hasn’t even played a Major League game, though that will surely change quickly.

In this Daily News article, Andy Martino talks with d’Arnaud’s Lakewood manager, Dusty Wathan.

“He didn’t take his offense to his defense,” Wathan recalls. “That is when you can tell when a guy is young that he is going to be a good catcher.”

That’s similar to what he told us in this podcast from way back in August of 2009. Remember, he hit just .207 in the first half but d’Arnaud then hit .302 in the second half and led the BlueClaws to the SAL title.

d’Arnaud becomes the 5th former BlueClaw to be traded this off-season (Trevor May and Vance Worley from Philadelphia to Minnesota; Lisalverto Bonilla from Philadelphia to Texas; and Jason Donald from Cleveland to Cincinnati).

49 BlueClaws have gone “From The Shore, To The Show,” and d’Arnaud would be the first player to make his big league debut with the Mets.

Congrats to Anthony Gose

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Congratulations to 2009 BlueClaws OF Antony Gose, who was called up today by the Blue Jays to replace the injured Jose Bautista.

Gose stole 76 bases, a franchise record, during the 2009 season and was one of the most exciting players in BlueClaws

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history. When he gets into a game, which could come tonight, he’ll become the 46th player to go From the Shore to the Show.

He’s also the only player in the last few years to list a fictional character as his favorite player as he did here with Willie Mays Hayes of Major League.

We have some old interviews with Gose here and here that are worth a listen and this Q&A from January of 2010 (part one, part two).

He started 2010 with Clearwater and was traded mid-season first to Houston (in the Roy Oswalt trade) and then flipped the same day to Toronto for 1B Brett Wallace, re-uniting him with Travis d’Arnaud, his teammate with the BlueClaws the year before (traded in the Roy Halladay trade).

The two won another championship in 2010 with Double-A New Hampshire, when Gose stole 70 more bases. He swiped 29 this year while hitting .294 with Triple-A Las Vegas.

We asked Gose about his 2009 season after he had a few months to look back:

What do you look back on, besides the championship, as the highlight of your season? Either the [76] stolen bases or the home run in the playoffs [bottom 1 of game 1 of the finals]. That was the furthest I’ve ever hit a ball [into the WRAT Trap in CF].

Congratulations again to Gose and good luck.

Looking at Two 2009 BlueClaws

Monday, January 30th, 2012 and have two features posted from the last week on a pair of 2009 BlueClaws teammates, now re-united with the BlueJays – C Travis d’Arnaud and OF Anthony Gose.

First, d’Arnaud. Here is a Q&A done with Fast forward to December 2009, and you were included in the trade between the Phillies and Blue Jays for Roy Halladay. What went through your head when you found out about the deal?

d’Arnaud: I was shocked, because I was actually on the golf course with a few of my buddies, and I was getting texts from my friends hearing I’d been traded on ESPN. I didn’t know anything about it. Then I got a call from my agent saying I’d been traded for Roy Halladay. I was excited, shocked and honored. I can’t believe I was even considered in a trade for an outstanding pitcher like Halladay — one of the best pitchers, if not the best, in the game today.

Gose, meanwhile, was featured in this video interview:

1-2 in 3 Organizations

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

oneinthreefullFormer BlueClaws are ranked 1-2 in three different organizations among the recent Baseball America prospect lists released over the last few weeks.

We talked about the Phillies top ten prospects list awhile back with former BlueClaws in the one-through-four slots (Trevor May, Jesse Biddle, Sebastian Valle, and Jonathan Pettibone). May and Pettibone were in the BlueClaws 2010 championship rotation with Valle their catcher. Biddle, of course, was here this year. You can read more about those guys at the link.

The other two organizations where the BlueClaws go 1-2 are recent Phillies trading partners Houston and Toronto.

Houston (click here)
1. 1B Jonathan Singleton: Sent to Houston in the Hunter Pence trade in July, Singleton hit .290-14-77 with the BlueClaws in 2010, including a mammoth home run in his first at bat with the team, May 13th in Greenville. After the trade, Singleton was sent to Hi-A Lancaster (he was with Clearwater) and hit .333 with 4 HRs in 129 at bats. Baseball America says he is the best first base prospect in the minors.

2. RHP Jarred Cosart: Also in the Hunter Pence trade in July, Cosart went 7-3, 3.79 with Lakewood in 2010, pitching in the first half before an injury cost him the second half of the season. Cosart, unlike Singleton, was bumped straight up to Double-A Corpus Christi after the trade. He went 1-2, 4.79 in seven starts (though he did allow one earned run or less in five of those seven starts) and will likely go back there to open the 2012 campaign.

Toronto (click here)
1. C Travis d’Arnaud: He was traded to the Jays in the Roy Halladay in December of 2009. This year, he anchored the championship Eastern League Jays affiliate in New Hampshire, hitting .311-21-78 and was the league MVP. He hit 13 home runs and drove in 71 runs with the championship BlueClaws in 2009 under Dusty Wathan. d’Arnaud, who saw his brother Chase make his big league debut this year with Pittsburgh, is expected to go to Triple-A Las Vegas and could make his big league debut later in the season.

2. CF Anthony Gose: Gose has led his league in steals each of the last three years (including a franchise record 76 with the BlueClaws in 2009). This year, he was d’Arnaud’s teammate on the championship New Hampshire club. Gose stole 70 bases this year and hit 16 home runs, after hitting nine in his first three pro seasons. He’ll join d’Arnaud in Las Vegas this summer. He was actually sent to Houston in the Roy Oswalt deal in 2010 but was immediately flipped to Toronto for Brett Wallace. Toronto reportedly wanted him in the Halladay deal but the Phillies held onto him.

And that’s how you 1-2 in 3 organizations.

A few former BlueClaws (OF Michael Taylor and IF Adrian Cardenas) could appear on the Athletics top-ten list, which will be released on January 25th, though that list will not include the prospects the A’s have received this offseason in trading away Gio Gonzalez (Nationals), Andrew Bailey (Red Sox) and Trevor Cahill (Diamondbacks).

Matt Moore in Lakewood

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

We talk all the time here about the former BlueClaws and their games here with Lakewood but sometimes it’s fun to look back at someone who the BlueClaws played against. Last night at Yankee Stadium, Rays LHP Matt Moore had a tremendous first start, striking out 11 Yankees over five shutout innings.

In 2009, Moore (drafted in the 8th round of the 2008 draft) played for Bowling Green. Tampa’s Sally League affiliate had been Columbus (GA), but they moved to Bowling Green (KY), spending 2009 in the Sally League and they are now (with Lake County) a member of the Midwest League.

That year, Bowling Green made one stop in Lakewood and Moore pitched the second game on July 14th, allowing three runs over five innings.

All three runs came in the third with two outs. Harold Garcia and Anthony Gose singled. Travis d’Arnaud doubled both of them in and then Jim Murphy doubled in d’Arnaud. Moore struck out eight in the game.

Moore that year led the league with 176 strikeouts and went 8-5, 3.15 on the year. He spent 2009 with Port Charlotte and split this year between AA Montgomery and AAA Durham, going 12-3, 1.92 before his call-up.

Gose, d’Arnaud Win Again

Monday, September 19th, 2011

arnaud12009 BlueClaw teammates Anthony Gose and Travis d’Arnaud, who were re-united with the Blue Jays, from two separate deals, Gose in a side-deal after being traded to the Astros as part of the Roy Oswalt deal and d’Arnaud in the Roy Halladay deal, won their second title together over the weekend when New Hampshire captured the AA Eastern League championship.

It was Gose who scored the winning run in the 9th inning on Saturday night.

“The ball was hit to right field, I knew I was going to go to third,” Gose said. “I didn’t realize that he missed the ball, but manager Sal was waving me home. It pretty much clicked in my head that he had missed it. I scored standing up, and that was the winning run.”

Who got the save? 2002 BlueClaw Bobby Korecky. The team also included 2007 BlueClaw Kevin Howard.

Gose also won a Community Service Award from the Blue Jays earlier last week which we wanted to post here.

Gose, who set the Fisher Cats single season franchise record for stolen bases with 70, quickly became a fan favorite in New Hampshire, putting in as much effort off the field as he did between the lines. The 21-year-old centerfielder strengthened the partnership developed by the Fisher Cats with the community as the go-to-guy for community appearances and initiatives.

The EL Season Ending All-Star consistently volunteered to visit with sick children and their families. One of those families, the Arsenaults, was particularly affected by their time with Anthony after they initially met at the ballpark in early June. Anthony developed a relationship with their son, Donnie, who spent the summer enduring grueling rounds of chemotherapy. Later in the season they presented Anthony a green bracelet that read ‘Keep the Faith-Team Donnie’ as a token of their appreciation which Anthony wears proudly each day.

The Bellflower, California native was the only player to work all four sessions of the Fisher Cats Dartmouth-Hitchcock Baseball Camp in addition to offering his services for several other camps and community initiatives.

#39 On the Way: Justin De Fratus

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

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.

Two ’09 Claws Named to Baseball America All-Star Team

Friday, September 16th, 2011

maydarnaudfullTwo 2009 BlueClaws teammates, Travis d’Arnaud and Trevor May, were named to the Baseball America Minor League All-Star Second Team today.

May, who won the Owens Award as the best minor league pitcher in the Phillies organization, went 10-8, 3.63 with Clearwater this year and struck out 208 hitters to become the first Phillies farmhand with at least 180 strikeouts in a single season since Mark Davis had 185 for Reading in 1980.

d’Arnaud, who was traded to the Blue Jays in the Roy Halladay deal, is spending (New Hampshire isn’t done yet; they are 1-1 in the Eastern League Championship Series going to Richmond tonight) hit .311 with 21 home runs and 78 RBIs this year for New Hampshire.

He hit 13 home runs with the BlueClaws in 2009 as the everyday catcher. Said manager Dusty Wathan: When a catcher struggles at the plate, sometimes they take it on the field, but he never did that in the entire first half. And he was outstanding in the second half (he hit .305 in the second half that year).

May and d’Arnaud were batterymates as well that year, when May went 4-1, 2.56 with Lakewood. May’s two postseason starts, both with d’Arnaud catching: 6 IP,2 H, 0 R in a game two clinching win over Kannapolis and 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R in game three against Greenville (left with a lead, took the loss and Lakewood would clinch the next night behind Korey Noles).

The only two 2011 Sally Leaguers were 2nd team OF Bryce Harper (Hagerstown) and 1st team SS Jurickson Profar (Hickory).

Current Year Draftees

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

With LHP Austin Wright scheduled to make his BlueClaws debut tonight, and Ryan Duke having picked up his fourth save of the year on Sunday, we thought it would be instructive to take a look at some current year draftees and how they have helped the BlueClaws. By current year of course we mean they pitched with the BlueClaws the year they were drafted.

2007: RHP Brian Schlitter (17th round, College of Charleston)
– Went 0-1, 3.80 in 16 games with Lakewood that year and he ended up getting traded to the Cubs for Scott Eyre at the 2008 trading deadline
– He ended up making the big leagues in 2010 with Chicago, claimed by the Yankees and the Phillies on waivers and awarded back to the Cubs. He hasn’t pitched this year

2008: RHP Vance Worley (3rd round, Long Beach State)
– Went 3-2, 2.66 with Lakewood in 2008 as the team made a playoff run that fell just short
– Made his Phillies debut last year and this year is 7-1, 2.33 with the Phillies

2008: RHP Mike Stutes (11th round, Oregon State)
– Went 5-1, 1.48 in seven starts with Lakewood in 2008 forming a late-season 1-2 punch with Worley
– Both he and Worley made their 2009 debuts with Reading becoming the first players in 10 years to start their first full-seasons with Reading
– This year he made his Phillies debut and is 5-1, 3.18

2009: LHP Matt Way (5th round, Washington State)
– Went 4-1, 3.11 with Lakewood in 2009 plus started Game One in both the SAL Northern Division Championship Series and the SAL Championship Series
– Split last year between Lakewood & Clearwater
– Has missed all of 2011 with an injury

2010: RHP Eric Pettis (35th round, UC-Irvine)
– Joined Lakewood for the post-season after pitching to a 1.37 ERA with Williamsport
– This year, he opened with Lakewood and is now with Clearwater, where he has a 3.10 ERA and 3 saves in 25 games

2011: RHP Ryan Duke (25th round, Oklahoma)
– Threw seven shutout innings for Williamsport and has four saves in seven games with Lakewood, having allowed two runs in 7.1 innings pitched.

2011: LHP Austin Wright (8th round, Ole Miss)
– Went 2-1, 3.38 with Williamsport before joining the BlueClaws, where he will debut today.

Today in the Asbury Park Press

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Tony Graham interviewed the last two BlueClaws managers, two guys, Dusty Wathan and Mark Parent, who led the BlueClaws to South Atlantic League titles. You can read the article here. A snip:

“It’ll be exciting here (with Clearwater),” said Wathan who is likely to inherit slugger Jonathan Singleton and other key members of Lakewood’s 2010 team, including prize pitching prospects Brody Colvin and Jarrad Cosart.

“They had a lot of success last year, so hopefully they can continue where they left off,” Wathan said. “There’ll be some challenges, definitely, when you move up a league.”

“This (Clearwater) has a chance to be our most prospect-laden club,” Phillies assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said. “Most all of last year’s Lakewood club has graduated (to the Threshers), and there’ll be some holdovers from last year’s Clearwater club. So, I think overall it has a chance to be a competitive team.”

Parent said after the 2010 season he interviewed for the Triple-A job at Lehigh Valley which went to Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer and one-time Phillie Ryne Sandberg.

“There was sort of a good chance I was going to get that,” Parent said. “Then Sandberg became available and they wanted me at Double-A, and I was fine with that.”

Read the whole thing. Click here.

d’Arnaud Makes Top Catchers

Friday, January 21st, 2011

We missed this among all of the other prospect lists from the last few days. Former BlueClaws C Travis d’Arnaud was ranked as the 9th best catcher in the minors as per’s Jonathan Mayo:

9. Travis d’Arnaud, Blue Jays: Catching depth is something every organization strives for, and the Blue Jays have some. Arencibia might be the guy for now, but d’Arnaud could eventually supplant him as the everyday catcher in Toronto. In his first season with the organization after coming over in the Roy Halladay deal, he missed a chunk of time with a back issue, but it’s not expected to be a long-term problem. He’s got a great arm and is very agile behind the plate. While his offensive numbers haven’t consistently stood out to date, he’s got good bat speed and a solid approach that should lead to good results. It might take him a couple of years, but he profiles to be a better all-around backstop than Arencibia in the future.

Note: Derek Norris, who was the All-South Atlantic League catcher last year, beat out d’Arnaud. Though d’Arnaud ranks ahead of him here.

The Yankees have three of the top 10 in Jesus Montero (1), Gary Sanchez (3 – who could be with Charleston this year, in Lakewood April 25-29), and Austin Romine (7).

Getting the Band Back Together

Monday, January 17th, 2011

mattairTravis Mattair, Anthony Gose and Travis d’Arnaud were all teammates on the 2009 South Atlantic League Champion BlueClaws. Two are now in different organizations from different trades. d’Arnaud was sent to Toronto in the Roy Halladay deal in December, 2009. Gose was sent to Houston in the Roy Oswalt trade in July and then immediately flipped to Toronto, where he was re-united with d’Arnaud.

Mattair, meanwhile, took 2010 off, to try his hand at college basketball. He’s now back in baseball, and has begun a cross-country trip from his Kennewick, Washington home to Clearwater (2,933 miles, the quickest way, but they’re sight-seeing), where he will open Spring Training with the Phillies and live with Gose and d’Arnaud.

He’s detailing his trip to Jay Floyd at

We are going and going, with minimal stops, till our teeth our floating to even go to the bathroom. We’re trying to get to each destination as fast as we can. Each of us are driving 350-400 miles each, and then we switch. We’re trying to get down to Clearwater as fast as we can so I can get my stuff moved in to Anthony Gose’s place, where Travis d’Arnaud will be staying as well, and then I’m going to show Eric around Clearwater and then we’ll hit Miami. Eric’s never been to Florida, so it should be a good time seeing everything down there.

Click here to read the full posting and be sure to follow along.

Gose and d’Aruand should both be with Double-A New Hampshire this year. They’ll be in Trenton and Reading from April 29 – May 5, Trenton again June 27- 29 and August 29 – September 1.

DeFratus on Team USA

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

2009 BlueClaws pitcher Justin De Fratus will represent Team USA in the upcoming Pan American Qualifying Tournament in San Juan. The team was announced today by USA Baseball and will be managed by Kannapolis manager Ernie Young.

Last year, BJ Rosenberg played on the team, which won the title in Germany.

De Fratus, 22, went 5-6, 3.19 with the BlueClaws last year. He opened 2010 with Clearwater, where had a 1.79 ERA and 15 saves. He was promoted to Reading in July, where he went 1-0, 2.19 with six saves.

Here is the full roster.

Congrats to Justin!

Last year, Rosenberg and Ernie Young were in Germany while the BlueClaws and Intimidators were facing off in the first round of the SAL Postseason. Rosenberg had been promoted to Reading a few weeks before but Young was away from his team, following the games with Rosenberg online. Lakewood won that series 2-0.

Here is what Rosenberg said of the experience in a Q&A with BlueClaws Blog in the winter:

  • Team USA? I didn’t know what to think about that. It was something you never think you’re going to get a chance to do. That was the highlight of my baseball career, having USA on my jersey.
  • What goes through your mind when you see USA on the jersey? Well, when we first got them, we got all the stuff that first night. I got to the hotel room and set the jersey on the bed and it hit me. Holy Cow. It had the flag on the sleeve, it was surreal. Playing for your country is really special. We were in Germany, and there were some US troops stationed over there. It felt like home for both of us, and I know they got a kick out of seeing us there.
  • Did you and Ernie Young do any trash-talking at the World Cup (Young managed Lakewood’s first playoff opponent, Kannapolis, and was a coach on the World Cup team. Their playoff series was going on at the same time as the World Cup training)?: We were going back and forth a little bit. I met him for the first time at the All-Star Game in West Virginia. He’s a great guy. We never made a bet, but we should have. I was pretty confident in our guys.
  • Were you able to follow the games? Yes. It was pretty nervewracking. I listened to a few games on the radio. In Europe, it was very early morning when the games were going on. I couldn’t sleep not knowing what was going on. It was really cool, wish I could have been a part of it.