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.
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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.
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
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.
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  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.
Earlier today, cialis sale
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!