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ClawCast: Gorm Heimueller

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

We sat down with Phillies minor league pitching coordinator Gorm Heimueller before the double-header on Thursday.

Heimueller, who has been in this role for 11 years, talked about a number of different Phillies prospects including those in Lakewood, Reading’s Trevor May, Clearwater’s Jesse Biddle, and Lehigh Valley’s Tyler Cloyd, plus the rule of the catcher in the development of young pitchers.

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Sorry for no quotes for now but we do encourage you to listen to the interview. You’ll enjoy it. Gorm was very insightful as always.

Oviedo Impressive in Claws Debut

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Ramon Oviedo, called up from extended spring training on Monday, had his BlueClaws debut pushed back 24 hours by Mother Nature, but last night gave up a run in six innings to earn the win as the BlueClaws started what is now an eight game homestand with a 3-1 victory over Delmarva last night. In today’s Asbury Park Press:

“He came up, threw strikes, had a real good changeup tonight, good location on his fastball,’’ Morandini said.

“He just made two mistakes really for me all night, the home run and a hanging curveball on 0-2. Other than that I thought he was lights out.’’

11:05 start today with RHP Kenny Giles on the mound.

Lakewood will be bidding for their fourth straight win. It would be the first time they won four straight games all year. Lakewood is 1-1 in morning games last year after going 6-6 in such games last year.

Kleven Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

BlueClaws pitcher Colin Kleven was named Phillies minor league pitcher of the week for the week of May 14-20, it was announced earlier by the Phillies. Lino Martinez won the previous week’s award, the only two BlueClaws to win Phillies minor league pitcher or player of the weeks so far this year.

Kleven gave up just one earned run over two starts (seven innings, one unearned run at Delmarva on May 14 and five innings, one earned run at Greensboro on May 19) and won two games, his second and third wins of the year.

Below, find the full rundown courtesy of Larry Shenk. Read Larry’s blog here.

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RHP Colin Kleven, Lakewood.  2-0, 0.75 ERA for 2 starts, 12 innings, 9 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 4 walks, 11 strikeouts. In 4 starts this month, 2-1, 1.96 ERA.  For the season, 3-3, 3.38 ERA, 8 starts.  The 21-year-old was a 33rd round selection in 2009 out of R. E. Mountain High School in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, and signed by Tim Kissner.

**Player: INF-OF Carlos Alonso, Clearwater.  Led organization with a .545 average for 6 games, 12 hits, 5 runs scored and 10 RBI. He had multi-hits in each of his last 5 games. Raised his average from .299 to .360. Alonso has started at second base, shortstop, third base and left field.  The 24-year-old was selected in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Delaware and signed by Paul Murphy.

Team reports below:

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Claws Back Home, Face Delmarva Tonight

Monday, May 21st, 2012

After a 4-3 road trip, the BlueClaws are back home tonight to start a nine-game in seven-day homestand (three against Delmarva than four in six against Hagerstown with double-headers on Thursday and Saturday).

Click here for tonight’s game notes.
Listen Live at 6:20.

(Because of the rain in the area, you can check the BlueClaws Twitter page for game status updates later today)

Welcome Delmarva…The BlueClaws and Shorebirds meet for the first time in Lakewood this year…The BlueClaws took two of three games at Delmarva May 14-16…Harold Martinez was 5-12 and Kelly Dugan 4-10 in that series.

With a Win…With a win tonight, the BlueClaws would win three straight games for the second time this year…They also took three straight from Hagerstown and Greensboro on April 14-16 at FirstEnergy Park.

Good Trip…The BlueClaws are back home after a 4-3 road trip which saw them take two of three in Delmarva and split four games at Greensboro, winning the last two…It’s the first time this year the BlueClaws won back-to-back games on the road and they won more games on this road trip (4) then they had in their first month of road games (3-13).

BlueClaws Transaction…Lakewood has added RHP Ramon Oviedo to the roster from extended spring training…Oviedo will make the start today and become the 8th BlueClaws pitcher to start a game this year…Lakewood’s roster was at 24 and is now full at 25 after the transaction…Oviedo, from Banao, Dominican Republic, spent last year with the GCL Phillies, going 4-2, 3.86.

Going For Two

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

After a 4-3 win last night over Greensboro, the first Grasshoppers loss at home since the BlueClaws beat them on April 10th, the BlueClaws are trying to earn a split of the four-game series today (4:00) and in the process would lock up their first winning road trip of the season.

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Listen live link.

A win would give the BlueClaws their first set of back to back wins on the road this year, but they’ll have to do it against one of the best pitchers in the league, Greensboro’s Adam Conley, who is 4-0, 2.31…Conley, who turns 22 on Thursday, makes his 9th start of the year and 4th against Lakewood…He’s 1-0 against the BlueClaws, having allowed 2 ER in 19 IP with 21 Ks…Six of the 11 ER he’s given up came in a 4/28 loss at West Virginia…Last time, he gave up two runs in five innings on Tuesday against Kannapolis, getting his 4th win (tied for 3rd in league)…Conley was a 2nd round pick last year by the Marlins from Washington State University.

LHP Lino Martinez (2-2, 6.86) makes his 9th start of the year and third against Greensboro…Martinez has allowed three ER in 12 innings against Greensboro this year, and threw seven shutout innings (tied a career long outing) against them on May 10th in Lakewood…Last time out, on Tuesday at Delmarva, Martinez gave up five runs in three innings…He had not allowed more than three ER in 16 straight starts but has done so in three of his last five, including 12 at Hagerstown on April 19th…Last year with Williamsport, Martinez went 6-2, 2.79.

Kleven Tries To End Hoppers Win Streak

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

The BlueClaws turn to RHP Colin Kleven tonight as they try to snap Greensboro’s 15-game home winning streak (they haven’t lost at cozy NewBridge Bank Park since April 10th). First pitch is at 7:00.

Click here for game notes.
Listen live at 6:45.

About Kleven…Kleven is 2-3, 3.48 and comes off his best outing – he gave up just one unearned run at Delmarva on Monday…The seven innings ties a career long outing from a July 16th game last year at State College…He has four quality starts (6 IP, 3 ER), most on the BlueClaws staff, and has thrown six innings in four of his starts, also most on the staff….Kleven was a 33rd round pick in 2009 from Kamloops, British Columbia…He spent last year with Williamsport, going 4-6, 4.84.

Snapped…Maikel Franco’s eight-game hitting streak (10-33) was snapped on Friday night when he was 0-4…Harold Martinez’s five-game hitting streak (9-20) was also snapped on Friday, when he went 0-1 with two walks.

Meet BlueClaws Infielder Harold Martinez

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Before Friday’s game at Greensboro, we sat down with BlueClaws IF Harold Martinez for a new ClawCast (and the pre-game show). A few quotes below, then the interview in audio form:

On his approach at the plate: “It’s always better to be aggressive because these guys have a lot of tools to get you out real easy but if you’re aggressive, you can get some better pitches earlier in the count.”

Being from Miami and going to the University of Miami: “It was a great blessing. That was the school I wanted to go to. I didn’t consider any other school. As soon as I got the offer I verbally committed in my sophomore year.”

Wood bats in the pros from metal bats in college: “Every year they had new rules and new bats. It got worse and worse. Wood bats are very customizable, your weight and your model. With wood, if you miss it, you’re going to feel it. But I love wood and playing with a wood bat. We used it in practice at Miami and in summer leagues so I’m comfortable with it.”

On playing first base, where he has spent some time this year: “First base seems simple but there are so many little things. You’re involved in every play and you take for granted the work they have to put in.”

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Two Hitting Streaks Carried Into Friday’s Game

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Two BlueClaws (Maikel Franco and Harold Martinez) are carrying hitting streaks into tonight’s game at Greensboro (which means we probably jinxed them – just kidding). Lakewood dropped the series opener here last night, 4-1. For Greensboro, it was their 15th straight home win (dating to April 11th) and they are 29-10, the best record in the league.

Today’s game notes.
Listen Live (at 6:45).

Eight in a Row…Maikel Franco has hit safely in eight straight games and is 10-33 over that stretch…It is the longest hitting streak of the season for the BlueClaws, surpassing the seven-game hitting streak by Aaron Altherr…Harold Martinez current has a five-game hitting streak.

H-Mart…Harold Martinez had a two-run triple on Tuesday, and added three more hits on Wednesday and two on Thursday …He has hit safely in his last five games, going 9-20 over that period and raising his average from .213 to .272…The Phillies 2nd round pick last year, Martinez is the first BlueClaw ever from the University of Miami…Philadelphia had not drafted a Miami player since RHP Dave Gil in the 7th round of the 1999 draft…Pat Burrell was the top pick of the 1998 draft by the Phillies out of Miami.

BlueClaws Transaction…LHP Bryan Morgado, who is 2-0, 2.93 over 15.1 innings pitched this year, has been promoted to Clearwater…Morgado did not allow a run in his last 11 innings with the BlueClaws…The BlueClaws have received LHP Austin Brough from Clearwater, where he was 0-1, 10.80 in 11.2 innings pitched…Brough signed as a free agent last year after pitching for Windy City of the Fronteir League…With Williamsport, he went 2-3, 0.47, allowing just two earned runs (11 total) in 38 innings pitched…He played collegiality at Western Illinois.

New ClawCast: Kelly Dugan

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

BlueClaws 1B Kelly Dugan is 4-10 (through Wednesday’s games) since coming off the disabled list last week. He had missed three-and-a-half weeks with a right ankle sprain. We sat down with the former 2nd round pick before Thursday’s game in Greensboro for a new interview. A few notable quotes:

He talks about getting back after the injury and said his goal is “just to continue to play every day…I was in the boot for about a week and they were pretty aggressive wanting to get me moving around and it paid off.”

I just continued to be more efficient with my swing. A lot of the stuff you do in the offseason, like a lot of weight lifting, it’s hard to a lot of during the season when you’re playing every day.”

Who he liked to watch growing up: “I grew up with the Dodgers and Shawn Green. His peacefullness at the plate and his attitude.”

On an in-season adjustment he made: “I watched some video of myself earlier in the year and saw I was moving around a lot in my stance and I tried to tone that bag a bit.”

On his approach: “I just take it as anything in the strike zone is fair game. Something Billy Beane said was ‘Good hitters make the strike zone smaller and good pitchers expand the zone.’ When I’m keeping the zone small I’m usually doing ok.”

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Greetings From Greensboro

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Welcome to NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro where tonight the BlueClaws open a four-game series against the hottest team in the league. The Grasshoppers (Marlins) are 18-2 at home and haven’t lost here since April 10th (today is May 17th), a streak of 14 straight games. They are 28-10 overall, the best record in the league.

Today’s game notes.
Listen Live (at 6:50).

With a Win…The BlueClaws win two games in a row on the road for the first time all season…Their series win over Delmarva was their first series win in six series on the road played thus far in 2012.

Double Your Pleasure…Brian Pointer had two of the six BlueClaws doubles on Wednesday at Delmarva…Pointer’s two hits snapped a stretch of 15 games without a multi-hit game and he was 3-39 in May before going 2-4 on Wednesday…Pointer still leads the BlueClaws in home runs with five and RBIs with 19…He was a 28th round pick in 2010 from Reno, Nevada and was committed to Oregon State before signing with the Phillies.

Back in the Swing…1B Kelly Dugan had two doubles on Wednesday and is 4-10 since being activated of the disabled list on Monday and is 4-7 over the last two games…The back-to-back multi-hit games were his 4th and 5th of the year…Dugan had been out since spraining his right ankle on April 20th at Hagerstown…C John Hill was transferred to Clearwater.

H-Mart…Harold Martinez had a two-run triple on Tuesday, and added three more hits on Wednesday …He has hit safely in his last four games, going 7-16 over that period and rasing his average from .213 to .260…The Phillies 2nd round pick last year, Martinez is the first BlueClaw ever from the University of Miami…Philadelphia had not drafted a Miami player since RHP Dave Gil in the 7th round of the 1999 draft…Pat Burrell was the top pick of the 1998 draft by the Phillies out of Miami.

Designated Hitter, Indeed…Aaron Altherr is 18-39 (.462) as the designated hitter and 17-93 (.183) when playing the field.

Morning Baseball In Delmarva

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The BlueClaws will finish up their three-game series at Delmarva this morning (10:35 first pitch) with LHP Mario Hollands on the mound, making his first start of the season.

Here are today’s game notes.
Listen Live link.

From Delmarva…The BlueClaws are 33-17 against Delmarva over the last three seasons including 20-9 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium…The BlueClaws will play 13 games are Perdue Stadium this year (1-1) and Delmarva will come to Lakewood three times for nine total games…Delmarva will be in Lakewood next week and then the teams will play six straight days (three in Delmarva and three in Lakewood) between June 8-13.

With a Win…The BlueClaws would take two of three in the series with a win…It would be just third series win of the season (4/28-30 vs Greenville and 4/12-15 vs Hagerstown)…The BlueClaws are just 4-14 away from home, a road record better than just West Virginia (4-15) and Rome (4-15) in the South Atlantic League this year.

Welcome Back…1B Kelly Dugan (.254 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs) was activated off the disabled list Monday and went 2-3 and scored twice on Tuesday night…It was Dugan’s 4th multi-hit game of the season…Dugan had been out since spraining his right ankle on April 20th at Hagerstown…C John Hill was transferred to Clearwater.

H-Mart…Harold Martinez had a two-run triple on Tuesday, his first RBIs since May 3rd and his 3rd and 4th since joining the BlueClaws on April 24th from extended spring training…The Phllies 2nd round pick last year, Martinez is the first BlueClaw ever from the University of Miami…Philadelphia had not drafted a Miami player since RHP Dave Gil in the 7th round of the 1999 draft…Pat Burrell was the top pick of the 1998 draft by the Phillies out of Miami.

ClawCast: Les Lancaster

Monday, May 14th, 2012

BlueClaws pitching coach Les Lancaster sat down for an interview prior to Monday’s game at Delmarva.

He talked about some of his current pitchers including Colin Kleven, Lino Martinez, and Matt Campbell. Lancaster mentioned some between start adjustments made with Martinez prior to his last start against Greensboro. They worked, as he was named Phillies minor league pitcher of the week last week.

Lancaster was an independent league manger for 13 years prior to joining the Phillies last year as the pitching coach for the GCL Phillies.

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Claws to Face Top Prospect Bundy Tonight

Monday, May 14th, 2012

The BlueClaws will be the next team to take a crack at Dylan Bundy, the 4th overall pick in last year’s MLB amateur draft, who has not allowed a run in 20 innings pitching for Delmarva (2 hits, 32 Ks). The Stat of the Night in the Delmarva game notes is that including his final year of high school, Bundy has struck out 191 hitters in his last 91 innings. He has strikeouts in 18 of his 20 innings.

Here are today’s game notes. First pitch is at 7:05.

Pitching coach Les Lancaster joins the pre-game show tonight at 6:59. We’ll post that here a bit later today.

BlueClaws Against Top Picks…The BlueClaws have played 12 games this year (tonight is the 13th) started by an opponent who was selected within the top two rounds of the 2011 amateur draft…Greenville (Boston): Matt Barnes, 19th pick, twice, 1-1 & Henry Owens, 36th pick, twice, 0-2; Greensboro (Marlins): Adam Conley, 72nd pick, three times, 1-2 & Jose Fernandez, 14th pick, twice, 0-2; Hagerstown (Nationals), Alex Meyer, 22nd pick, once, 1-0; Savannah (Mets): Michael Fulmer, 44th pick, once, 0-1…Total Record: 3-8…The BlueClaws have scored 16 runs in 55.1 innings against this group, including five in .2 innings against Meyer on April 12th and five in three innings against Owens on April 7th.

The Bundys…Tonight the BlueClaws face Delmarva RHP Dylan Bundy…In 2010, they faced his older brother Bobby, an 8th round pick in the 2008 draft…The elder Bundy gave up five ER in 20 innings over three starts against Lakewood…He is the last pitcher to throw a nine-inning complete game against the BlueClaws, when he beat Lakewood on August 16th, 2010 (9 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER).

Welcome Back…1B Kelly Dugan (.245 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs) was activated off the disabled list today…Dugan had been out since spraining his right ankle on April 20th at Hagerstown…C John Hill was transferred to Clearwater.

Lino Martinez: Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Lakewood left-handed pitcher Lino Martinez was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week, the Phillies announced on Monday.

Martinez, a 19-year old left-hander from Zulia, Venezuela, threw seven shutout innings in a 1-0 win over Greesnboro on Thursday night at FirstEnergy Park, though he did not factor in the decision. He became the first BlueClaws pitcher to throw seven innings in a game this year. He is the youngest player on the BlueClaws roster.

The minor league hitter of the week is Cody Asche, a 4th round pick last year from Nebraska who went 11-25 with Clearwater. He’s hitting .364 on the season. Asche skipped Lakewood, going straight from Williamsport to Clearwater.

Below the fold, the full minor league review.

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