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Baseball America Phililes Top Ten

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

top ten logoBaseball America released their annual Phillies top ten prospects list earlier this week. Of the players on the list, seven have played with the BlueClaws and we can expect at least one and probably two of those ten to be back with the BlueClaws in 2014.

The list in full (years with BlueClaws):

  1. 3B Maikel Franco (2011-12)
  2. LHP Jesse Biddle (2011)
  3. SS JP Crawford (2013)
  4. RHP Miguel Gonzalez (–)
  5. SS Roman Quinn (2013)
  6. OF Carlos Tocci (2013)
  7. RHP Ethan Martin (–)
  8. 2B/OF Cesar Hernandez (–)
  9. OF Aaron Altherr (2011-12)
  10. RHP Severino Gonzalez (2013)

We would expect to see Crawford and Tocci at the very least to open the season in Lakewood and we suppose Quinn is possible but would be surprised if he’s not in Clearwater when the season starts on April 3rd.

Quick run-throughs on these 10:

1. Maikel Franco: The third baseman spent 2012 with the BlueClaws as a 19 year old and after a big second half with the BlueClaws that year (.346, 8 HRs, 57 RBIs) into 2013, where he sizzled in Clearwater (.299, 16 HRs, 52 RBIs) and carried that to Reading (.339, 15 HRs, 51 RBIs) after a June promotion. He ranked 8th on this list last year. Franco will certainly be placed on the Phillies 40-man roster and almost certainly will open next year with Triple-A Lehigh.

2. Jesse Biddle: Biddle topped this list last year. With Lakewood in 2011, the Philadelphia native and Phillies 2010 first-round pick, Biddle this year pitched for Double-A Reading, where he hada  3.64 ERA in a hitter-friendly park despite a 5-14 record (Biddle didn’t get any run support in Lakewood either, going 7-8 despite a 2.98 ERA).

3. JP Crawford: The Phillies first-round pick this year made a huge impact, leading the Gulf Coast League in hitting at .345 before a late August promotion to the BlueClaws. He went 11-53 with two stolen bases over 14 games. Crawford turns 19 in January and finishes

4. Miguel Gonzalez: Gonzalez doesn’t fit in with the others on this list as he was a free agent signing after defecting from Cuba last year. He signed a 3-year, $12 million contract and could be in the big league rotation in 2014. He originally agreed to a 6-year, $48 million contract but had issues with his physical, per media reports, so the Phillies and Gonzalez eventually agreed to a smaller deal.

5. Roman Quinn: Quinn, a 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2011, turned down a scholarhip to Florida State to sign with Philadelphia, and after leading the NY-Penn League in stolen bases in 2012, he joined the BlueClaws in 2013. In 67 games, he hit .238 with 32 stolen bases before unfortunately breaking his wrist in Delmarva on June 25th, which ultimately ended his season. He’ll play winter ball and we’d expect to see him in Clearwater to open 2014.

6. Carlos Tocci: Tocci was the youngest player in BlueClaws history last year when he joined the team on Opening Day at age 17. He didn’t even turn 18 until August 23rd. Tocci held his own, excelling in centerfield. At the plate hit .209 with 26 RBIs in 118 games. We’d expect Tocci, to return to Lakewood in 2014, where he will still be one of the youngest players, if not the youngest, in the South Atlantic League. (As a point of comparison, he is seven months younger than JP Crawford, who began the year playing as a senior in high school, while Tocci was in the Sally League.)

7. Ethan Martin: Martin came over to the Phillies from the Dodgers in 2012. He spent this year with Lehigh Valley, going 11-5, 4.12 and was called up to the Phillies in August, making 15 appearances and going 2-5, 6.08.

8. Cesar Hernandez: Hernandez skipped Lakewood, going from Williamsport in 2010 to Clearwater in 2011. This year, he had an excellent year, hitting .309 with Lehigh Valley over 104 games and hitting .289 in 34 games with the Phillies. He figures to get a shot to make the big league Opening Day roster in 2014.

9. Aaron Altherr: Altherr, a former 9th round pick of the Phillies in 2009, hit .275 with a career-high 12 home runs and 23 stolen bases (in 28 attempts) after hitting .252 with 8 home runs and 25 stolen bases with the BlueClaws in 2012, which was up from .211 which he hit with the BlueClaws in 2011 (over the first half before finishing the year with Williamsport). Altherr has to be placed on the 40-man roster by the Phillies or he will be subjected to the Rule-5 Draft.

10. Severino Gonzalez: Of all the players on this list, the one that was probably the least likely to be here entering the season is Gonzalez. The right-hander joined the BlueClaws and made four starts, going 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA, which included one game in which he retired all 18 hitters he faced. Gonzalez then went to Clearwater, where he had pitched in relief earlier this year as a fill-in (he finished with a 2.02 ERA in 75 Clearwater innings), and made one start with Reading on Labor Day, giving up two runs in 6.2 innings. There aren’t too many players that open one year in extended spring training and then open the next year in Reading, but Gonzalez will have the chance.

We’ll have more with this list over the coming weeks. As in the past, we have tried to interview a Baseball America writer, regarding this list, and that is again the plan.

Wrapping Up Halladay’s Appearance

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Here is video of Roy Halladay talking after last night’s game at FirstEnergy Park.

And here are some photos from his appearance last night.

Halladay Takes Mound for Claws Tonight

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay will make a rehab appearance tonight at FirstEnergy Park as the BlueClaws take on Hagerstown at 7:05.

Tickets: ONLY Sod Squad (general admission lawn seats) are available. To order, please call 732-901-7000.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:50)

Doctor Is In…Phillies RHP Roy Halladay will continue his MLB rehab assignment (shoulder) tonight at FirstEnergy Park…Halladay gave up three runs in six innings with the GCL Phillies on Thursday with the Gulf Coast Phillies…He is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and the first Phillies player to rehab with the BlueClaws in Lakewood this year (Domonic Brown went 3-5 with a  home run rehabbing with the BlueClaws in Hagerstown on August 5th).

Rehabbing With the BlueClaws…Halladay becomes the 16th different Phillies player to rehab with the BlueClaws, and second this year (Domonic Brown in Hagerstown)…The BlueClaws are 24-12 all-time when a Phillies player is in their lineup (24-10 at FirstEnergy Park)…He is the first Phillies starting pitcher to rehab with Lakewood since Joe Blanton in 2010 and Brett Myers in 2009 (each threw one inning)…The last Phillies starter to throw more than one inning in a Lakewood rehab assignment was Randy Wolf on July 25th, 2006 (five no-hit innings vs Augusta).

Ties to Lakewood…Halladay was acquired by the Phillies in December, 2009 for three former BlueClaws: 2009 C Travis d’Arnaud, 2008 OF Michael Taylor, and 2007 RHP Kyle Drabek.

Hot Hitting Carmona…Willie Carmona is now 78-232 (.336) over his last 57 games with 24 multi-hit games…Carmona has gotten back to .300 on the season (he peaked at .315 on July 12th but fell below .300 between August 4th – 8th)…He is hitting .317 in the second half…Carmona started the year 10-55, but since then is hitting .322…Carmona was an 11th round pick of the Phillies last year from Stony Brook, and he helped the Seawolves reach the 2012 College World Series.

Mora This…Angelo Mora has hit safely in five straight games (8-18) and is now at .315 in August (17-54) and is 17-45 after starting the month 0-9…Mora hit .245 in July and .183 in the first half…Mora began the year with Lakewood and then went to Williamsport where he was 8-28…He re-joined the BlueClaws on June 29th after Roman Quinn was placed on the disabled list with a left wrist fracture.

Crawford, Leiter Join Claws…JP Crawford, the Phillies first round pick this year (16th overall) has joined the BlueClaws from the GCL Phillies, where he was hitting .345 (leading the Gulf Coast League) with 12 stolen bases…Leiter, who earned the win with five scoreless innings at Delmarva on Monday, made one start with Clearwater and 11 appearances with the GCL Phillies, where he had a 1.57 ERA.

On Crawford…JP Crawford, the GCL’s leading hitter at .345, joins the BlueClaws (he went 2-7 on Monday at Delmarva)…He is the first high school draftee to play for the BlueClaws in his draft year…He is also the first Phillies first-round pick to play for the Phillies in his draft year (12th Phillies first-round pick to play for the BlueClaws including five supplemental first-round picks)…Crawford is from Lakewood (CA) High School and is the third player from that high school (RHP Shane Watson and C Travis d’Arnaud) to play for the BlueClaws.

On Leiter Jr… RHP Mark Leiter Jr., who threw five scoreless innings and earned his 3rd professional win on Monday at Delmarva, joins the BlueClaws from Clearwater, where was 1-0, 3.00 in two games…He went 1-0, 1.57 in 11 appearances with the GCL Phillies…Leiter Jr. was a 22nd round pick of the Phillies this year from NJIT…He played in high school at Toms River North and is the second Shore Conference alum to play for the BlueClaws (Holmdel’s Casey Martinez was a 2003 BlueClaw)…BlueClaws manager Mickey Morandini was a Phillies teammate of Mark Leiter Sr. with the Phillies in 1997.

The Other New BlueClaws…C Gabriel Lino and OF Jiandido Tromp, both NY-Penn League All-Stars this year, have joined the BlueClaws…Lino, acquired in the Jim Thome trade last year, played last summer with the BlueClaws and hit .256 with 4 home runs with Williamsport this year…Tromp, from Aruba, hit .299 with a home run and 6 stolen bases with the Crosscutters.

Delvisimo…Delvi Francisco earned his 8th save with a scoreless 9th inning at Delmarva on Saturday and threw a scoreless 7th in the 5-0 win on Monday…Francisco, a South Atlantic League All-Star this year, has six of his eight saves in the second half, where he has 34 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched…Francisco gave up five runs at Kannapolis on August 14th, the same amount of earned runs he had allowed from June 20th through August 13th…Francisco, a converted infielder, is in his second year as a pitcher.

Meet JP Crawford

Monday, August 19th, 2013


Phillies first-round pick JP Crawford joined the BlueClaws on Saturday and after a Sunday rain-out, will make his BlueClaws debut in game one of today’s double-header at Delmarva.

Crawford set a pair of new firsts in BlueClaws history:

  • He is the first high school draftee to join the BlueClaws in his draft year.
  • He is the first Phillies first-round pick to join the BlueClaws in his draft year.

We sat down with Crawford before today’s game at Perdue Stadium.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Some snippets:

  • “I knew it was a possibility. I was working hard trying to get here and that’s what I was aiming for.”
  • “I play 110% every game and I’m going to work hard every pitch, every at bat to help my team win.”
  • “I felt like I was playing good. I was having fun with my teammates and not trying to do too much.”
  • “I like to model my game after Derek Jeter. He plays the game hard and the right way.”

Crawford bats left and throws right. He learned hitting left-handed from his older sister Eliza.

Crawford, Leiter Join BlueClaws

Saturday, August 17th, 2013


2013 Phillies first-round pick JP Crawford and Toms River North graduate Mark Leiter Jr. have been added to the BlueClaws roster.

Crawford, taken 16th overall, joins the BlueClaws after beginning his career in the Gulf Coast League, hitting .345 in 39 games with 12 stolen bases. He was the league’s leading hitter at the time of his promotion.

He is the first high school draft pick to ever play for the BlueClaws in the year he was drafted (a 2013 draft pick in 2013). Crawford also becomes the 12th Phillies first-round pick (including five supplemental first-round picks) to play for the BlueClaws, but the first to do so the year he was drafted.

Crawford went to Lakewood High School in California, the same high school that produced 2013 BlueClaws RHP Shane Watson (supplemental first round pick in 2012) and 2009 BlueClaws C Travis d’Arnaud (supplemental first round pick in 2007).

The Phillies drafted Leiter Jr. in the 22nd round this year from NJIT. He began his professional career with the GCL Phillies and most recently made two appearances for Clearwater. With the GCL Phillies, he went 1-0 with a 1.57 ERA in 11 games. He gave up two runs in six innings with Clearwater, including one run in five innings of an August 13th start against Daytona. He will start Monday’s game for the BlueClaws at Delmarva.

Leiter Jr. is just the second Shore Conference alum to play for the BlueClaws, joining 2003 BlueClaw Casey Martinez of Holmdel. Leiter’s father, Mark Sr., was a Phillies teammate of BlueClaws manager Mickey Morandini.

The BlueClaws now have six 2013 draftees (also 10th round pick Jon Prosinski, 16th round pick Lee Ridenhour, 23rd rd pick Chris O’Hare [disabled list], and 26th round pick Chris Burgess) on their roster.

Pitcher Jonathan Musser has been transferred to Williamsport and infielder Miguel Abreu has been transferred to Lehigh Valley.

Seton Hall’s Prosinski On Hill For Claws Tonight

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

The BlueClaws continue their four-game, weekend series with West Virginia and send Jon Prosinski, RHP from Seton Hall, to the mound tonight at 7:05. Lakewood dropped a 3-1 decision last night to the Power in the Lakewood debut of LHP Ryan Demmin, who went eight innings and gave up two unearned runs.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 7:05)

On Prosinski…RHP Jon Prosinski, 22, makes his 5th start with the BlueClaws and 10th professional start on Friday against West Virginia…Prosinski gave up four runs/three earned at West Virginia on Sunday, getting a no-decision…He joined the BlueClaws on 7/18 from Williamsport where he was 1-1, 3.86 over five starts after being drafted by the Phillies in the 10th round out of Seton Hall…He threw five innings in his first three BlueClaws starts, allowing a total of four earned runs and got his lone Lakewood victory on July 30th against Hagerstown…Prosinski was a two-time first-team all-Big East Pitcher at Seton Hall and resides in Skillman, NJ after growing up in Cleveland.

A Fine Debut…Ryan Demmin, in his BlueClaws debut on Friday, gave up two unearned runs over eight innings, though took the loss…Demmin signed with the Phillies on Thursday after pitching three years with the Normal Cornbelters in the Frontier League, where he was an All-Star this year…Demmin became the second BlueClaws pitcher to throw eight innings in a game this year (Nic Hanson on August 1st at West Virginia) and tied the BlueClaws season high with nine strikeouts (both Hanson and Severino Gonzalez).

Go Eight…The BlueClaws have had two pitchers throw eight innings in a game this August (Hanson on 8/1 and Demmin on 8/9)…Prior to that, the last time the BlueClaws had a pitcher throw eight innings was July 31st, 2012 when Colin Kleven faced the minimum over eight scoreless at Delmarva.

Three More for Willie…Willie Carmona had a three-hit game on Friday and is now 67-196 (.342) over his last 50 games with 22 multi-hit games…Carmona got back to .300 on the season (he peaked at .315 on July 12th)…He is hitting .316 in the second half…Carmona started the year 10-55, but since then is hitting .321…Carmona was an 11th round pick of the Phillies last year from Stony Brook, and he helped the Seawolves reach the 2012 College World Series.

Last Ten…The BlueClaws have lost nine of their last ten games (beginning July 31st)…Over that stretch, they are hitting .182 as a team (60-329) and have scored 23 runs.

At the Plate…The BlueClaws have scored one run or less in three of their last four games…They have scored more than four runs once in their last 11 games and twice in their last 14 games since July 26th, and three times in their last 18 games since July 21st.

Blanked…The BlueClaws were shutout for the 12th time this year in Thursday’s 7-0 defeat…Greenville has been shutout 14 times while the BlueClaws and Charleston have each been shutout 12 times in 2013…By comparison, the BlueClaws were blanked eight times each in 2011 and 2012.

State of the Claws…The BlueClaws are currently 25 games under .500 (low water mark this year), They are currently 12.5 games behind first place West Virginia, which is a season high…They were 12 games out of first place at the conclusion of the first half.

Phillies Sign Demmin From Normal Cornbelters

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The Normal Cornbelters of the independent Frontier League are down a pitcher. The Phillies have signed LHP Ryan Demmin and he will start tonight’s game for Lakewood against West Virginia.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:50)

New Pitcher…The BlueClaws have made an adjustment to their starting rotation, and LHP Ryan Demmin (pronounced de-MEEN) will make his BlueClaws/Phillies debut tonight…Demmin had been pitching with the Normal Cornbelters of the independent Frontier League and was 6-5 with a  2.20 ERA, making the Frontier League All-Star team…He spent three years with the Nationals after signing out of Minnesota State-Mankato and pitched for Hi-A Potomac last year…The other BlueClaws starting pitchers have each been pushed back a day, with Jon Prosinski now scheduled for Saturday night.

Blanked…The BlueClaws were shutout for the 12th time this year in Thursday’s 7-0 defeat…Greenville has been shutout 14 times while the BlueClaws and Charleston have each been shutout 12 times in 2013…By comparison, the BlueClaws were blanked eight times each in 2011 and 2012.

Water-Carrying…The BlueClaws had two hits on Tuesday at Hagerstown and four hits on Thursday against West Virginia…In both games, Willie Carmona and Art Charles each had one of the BlueClaws hits.

Viva Villa…Alejandro Villalobos hit .248 in the first half but since the All-Star Break, he is 39-122 (.320)…He had seven straight hits on July 29th (three including the game-winning double in the 9th) and July 30th (four)…He has eight multi-hit games in the second half (had five in the first half).

Tough on Crime…The BlueClaws have stolen fewer bases (92) than all but one team in the league (Savannah has stolen 77 bases)…Roman Quinn, who has not played since breaking his wrist in June 24th, leads the BlueClaws with 32 stolen bases…Brian Pointer has 21 (3 in the second half)…Angelo Mora (12) is the only other BlueClaw with double-digit stolen bases.

Brown Homers, Goes 3-5 in Rehab Appearance

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Phillies OF Domonic Brown went 3-5 with a home run and 2 RBIs rehabbing with the BlueClaws tonight in Hagerstown, though he grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game in an 8-4 defeat. We talked to Brown afterwards. You can listen to the comments in full here.

  • On his night – “Felt pretty good in the box. Really just trying to see some good pitches and I had some good swings.”
  • On the home run: “The first pitch was away and the next pitch was down. I was looking for something to drive in a hitter’s count – just trying to drop the head on it.”
  • On his return: “They’re telling me to play tomorrow (nine innings with Reading in Harrisburg) and then back to Phlily the next day. If everything goes well I should be back Wednesday.”
  • With Greg Legg (BlueClaws hitting coach who managed Brown in Williamsport in 2007 and was his hitting coach in Lakewood in 2008): “It was great to see Legger again. We had some tough times with him. He gets after it. If you don’t play hard, he doesn’t like it. It’s good to be back with him.”
  • What did you learn from Legger? “One speed – play hard. That’s the philosphy a lot of the Phillies guys preach. Play hard. If you don’t, they’re going to run you out.”

The BlueClaws lost the game 8-4, their 6th straight loss. Jonathan Musser takes the mound tomorrow night with a first pitch of 7:05.

Domonic Brown Opens Rehab With BlueClaws Tonight

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Domonic Brown will put on a BlueClaws uniform tonight for the first time since 2008 when he begins a MLB rehab assignment tonight in Hagerstown.

Brown, who played with the BlueClaws in 2008, has been on the concussion disabled list since an injury on July 23rd.

This year with the Phillies, he is hitting .271 with 24 home runs and 69 RBIs. His 24 HRs rank 4th in the National League, just three behind league leader Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates.

As of 4:14 pm we are waiting to see if he will be the DH or the left fielder tonight for the BlueClaws.

UPDATE: Brown will bat 3rd and play left field.

Brown, drafted by the Phillies in the 20th round in 2006, hit .291 with 9 HRs and 54 RBIs with the BlueClaws in 2008.

He is the first player to rehab with the BlueClaws on the road since Joe Blanton threw a 1-2-3 inning in Hagerstown on September 2nd, 2011.

Hanson Promoted to Clearwater

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Congratulations to BlueClaws RHP Nic Hanson who has been promoted to Clearwater.

Hanson, a 16th round pick of the Phillies last year from Golden West College, began the year in the Lakewood bullpen and moved into the rotation in early May.

As a starter, he went 2-2, 1.64 over 10 starts and gave up four runs in 33 innings since returning to the BlueClaws after missing six weeks with a right groin strain.

He made his last start with the BlueClaws on Thursday, and gave up two runs over eight innings at West Virginia. He became the first BlueClaws pitcher to throw eight innings in a game this year and first since Colin Kleven did it on July 30th of last year.

From an story on Hanson earlier this year

If Hanson develops into a top prospect, the Phillies may have to send a thank-you card to a member of Red Sox organization.

“I actually didn’t even play baseball my junior year [of high school] and my best friend, Henry Owens, was like, ‘We need a pitcher on the team,’ so I said all right, I’ll go for it,” Hanson said. “I had a good year and decided to stick with it. I went to junior college, I got hurt my freshman year, came back my sophomore year and got drafted.”

The 21-year-old right-hander’s freshman season injury was nothing mudane. Hanson required ulnar nerve transposition surgery, in which the ulnar nerve is moved to a more suitable position in the elbow.

“I didn’t even know anything about it,” Hanson said. “I pitched the first game of the year and it felt weird. They said if you want to keep playing baseball you have to get it moved over.”

Congrats to Nic on his well-deserved promotion. Jonathan Musser will take his spot in the rotation and start the second game in Hagerstown on Tuesday.

Meet Jon Prosinski – From Pirate Blue to the BlueClaws

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Growing up in Cleveland as an Indians fan, Jon Prosinski never gave much thought to pitching professionally in New Jersey. He does now. Prosinski and his family moved to Skillman, NJ when Jon was in 8th grade. He went to Seton Hall and starred for the Pirates, twice being named first-team all-Big East.

The Phillies took Prosinski in the 10th round of the 2013 draft and after five starts with Williamsport, where he was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA. In three starts with the BlueClaws, he has allowed just four earned runs in 15 innings with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

We sat down with Prosinski before Friday’s game at West Virginia (he will pitch next on Sunday).

You can listen to the interview by clicking here:


  • Bouncing back from first start with WPT (lasted 1/3 of an inning) – “It was tough. Especially from college where I”m used to being out there for seven or eight innings but I knew there would be an adjustment period. It was a rough first inning but since my pitch count was so low I couldn’t pick myself up the next inning. But you just have to keep a good mindset and start throwing well.”
  • About his game – “Just a lot of strikes. I pride myself on that and try to mix my three pitches in well and throw them for strikes and it makes it a lot easier to get outs. I’m not going to blow people away with a lot of velocity but I’ll be out there competing and give us a good chance to win.”
  • Guy he liked to watch – “Cliff Lee. I grew up an Indians fan and saw him there but I’ve always liked how he’s handled himself. He’s one of the best strike-throwers in the game. He pounds the zone, gets ahead, and takes care of his business.”
  • Seton Hall – “I had a few scholarship options but Seton Hall was a great mix for me. They had a great business school and a great baseball program with a lot of tradition – Jason Grilli now but Craig Biggio went there, Mo Vaughn, John Valentin – they’ve had some great names that had success in pro ball too.”
  • Pitching in Lakewood – “My parents and siblings were there both times. I had some relatives drive in from Cleveland there too. A few friends came. My college coaches were there. There was quite a big request for tickets.”

There’s more in there. Enjoy.


Claws Try to Finish Homestand With 4th Straight Win

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The BlueClaws look to finish off their 7-game homestand with their 4th straight win as they take on Hagerstown this morning at 11:05. Miguel Nunez takes the mound for Lakewood.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 11:00)

Going For The Sweep…The BlueClaws look to sweep their third series of the season (May 27-29 vs Delmarva and July 9-11 vs Rome)…They are 2-3 this season in games that, with a win, would give them a series sweep.

Going For Four…The BlueClaws also look to win their 4th straight game, dating to Sunday’s win over Greenville…Lakewood has six three-game winning streaks, but just two  winning streaks of at least four games this year, most recently winning six straight games between July 6-12 vs Greensboro, Rome, and Hickory.

Viva Villa…Alejandro Villalobos enters today’s game with hits in his last seven at bats, including a four-hit game on Tuesday night (his second as a BlueClaw – he had one in the season finale last year on September 3rd vs Greensboro)…Villalobos had hits in his last three at bats on Monday, including a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the 9th inning…Villalobos hit .248 in the first half but is 33-93 in the second half (.355) to raise his average to an even .300 on the season.

Turn On The AC…Art Charles has hit safely in his last seven games (13-31) with five doubles and two triples plus 11 RBIs…He was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week…Charles had seven RBIs in July prior to the 11 he has picked up since July 23rd…He currently has five-straight multi-hit games…He hit his 10th home run of the season on Tuesday at Rome.

Since July 5th…The BlueClaws started a four-game series in Greensboro with back to back walk-off losses on July 4th and 5th, but since then have gone 13-8…In the stretch of games beginning May 30th and ending July 5th, they were 8-24, including 7-18 in June…After the game on July 5th, the BlueClaws fell to 4-12 in the second half.

Chasing .500…The BlueClaws, as noted, started the second half 4-12, and have climbed to within two games of .500…They have most recently been within one game of .500 at 14-15 after a July 19th win at Augusta and have on two other occasions (12-14 and 10-12) been within two games of .500 after a June 24th win at Delmarva put them at 2-4 in the second half.

Claws Look For Third Straight (Walk-Off) Win

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

It’s not too often a team has back to back walk-off wins. It hasn’t happened for the BlueClaws in fact in three years. Until, that is, last night,when Lakewood got a 9th inning run to come back and top Hagerstown. Today, they send Seton Hall’s Jon Prosinski to the mound.

On Prosinski: RHP Jon Prosinski (0-0, 3.60) makes his third start with the BlueClaws and 7th of the season…He gave up three runs in five innings (all runs scored in the sixth inning)…He made his BlueClaws debut in Augusta on July 19th, throwing five innings and allowing one run…Prosinski went 1-1, 3.86 in five starts with Williamsport after being drafted by the Phillies in the 10th round this year out of Seton Hall, where he was an All-Big East Pitcher. Prosinski is from Skillman, New Jersey.

Last Game Recap…Alejandro Villalobos’ RBI double in the bottom of the 9th inning gave the BlueClaws a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Hagerstown on Monday night…Lakewood trailed 3-0, took a 4-3 lead in the 8th inning, and saw Hagerstown tied the game in the top of the 9th before Villalobos’ heroics…It was Lakewood’s second straight walk-off win.

Walk-Off This Way…The BlueClaws had back to back walk-off wins on Sunday (Art Charles 2-run triple) and Monday (Alejandro Villalobos RBI double)…It was the first time the BlueClaws had back to back walk-off wins since June 14-15 against Lexington (Jiwan James HR and Jonathan Singleton bases loaded walk)…The BlueClaws now have four walk-off wins this year.

Comeback Kids…The BlueClaws did not win a game that they trailed entering the ninth inning from April 4th (Opening Day) until July 19th, when they scored three runs to beat Augusta…They won their second such game on July 28th, when they scored three runs to beat Greenville.

Important Stretch…The BlueClaws entered their game on July 29th 6 games out of first place trailing division-leading Hagerstown and West Virginia…Lakewood is now in a stretch of 14 games (1-0) are against Hagerstown (6) and West Virginia (8)…The BlueClaws are 3-8 against Hagerstown and 4-12 against West Virginia.

One Run Fun…Lakewood’s last six wins, and seven of their last nine wins, have been by one run…All four games against Greenville and first game against Hagerstown were one-run games…Lakewood’s last six games have been decided by two runs or less.

Turn On The AC…Art Charles has hit safely in his last six games (10-27) with four doubles and two triples plus 11 RBIs…He was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week…Charles had seven RBIs in July prior to the 11 he has picked up since July 23rd…He currently has four-straight multi-hit games…He hit his 10th home run of the season on Tuesday at Rome.

On Point…Brian Pointer hit his 6th home run of the season on Monday night…It was his 3rd home run hit at FirstEnergy Park (tied with Roman Quinn for most on team) and his 22nd professional home run…He has matched his first-half home run output with three.

Claws Walk-Off Into Hagerstown Series

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The BlueClaws picked up a walk-off win on Sunday night, scoring 3 in the ninth to top Greenville 4-3. It was just the second time this year the BlueClaws won a game they trailed entering the 9th inning with the first one coming on July 19th at Augusta.

Tonight, Hagerstown comes to Lakewood for the start of a three-game series.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:50)

Last Game Recap…Art Charles capped a 3-run 9th inning with a 2-run triple as the BlueClaws came from behind to top Greenville 4-3 on Sunday night at FirstEnergy Park…With the win, the BlueClaws and Drive split their four game series.

Important Stretch…The BlueClaws are 6 games out of first place trailing division-leading Hagerstown (West Virginia is 0.5 games out)…Lakewood’s next 14 games are against Hagerstown (6) and West Virginia (8)…The BlueClaws are 2-8 against Hagerstown and 4-12 against West Virginia.

Walk-Off This Way…The BlueClaws picked up their 3rd “walk-off” win of the season on Sunday night when Art Charles capped a three-run 9th inning with a two-out, two-run triple…The BlueClaws had a previous “walk-off” win on May 16th against Greensboro (Pointer RBI single) and on May 13th vs Delmarva (Zach Taylor bases loaded walk).

One Run Fun…Lakewood’s last five wins, and six of their last eight wins, have been by one run…All four games against Greenville were one-run games…Lakewood’s last five games have been decided by two runs or less.

Hard Hittin’ AC…Art Charles has hit safely in his last five games (8-23) with four doubles and two triples plus 10 RBIs…Charles had seven RBIs in July prior to the 10 he has picked up since July 23rd…He currently has three-straight multi-hit games…He hit his 10th home run of the season on Tuesday at Rome.

Against Hagerstown…The BlueClaws are 2-8 against Hagerstown, hitting .224 as a team with a team ERA of 4.99…Willie Carmona is hitting .344 against the Suns this year and Chad Carman is 5-10 while all other BlueClaws with at least 11 at bats against the Suns are hitting .250 or below.