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Arizona Fall League Update

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

With another week gone by, let’s check in on the former BlueClaws currently playing in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.

Position Players

Logan Moore (2012) – Moore has played two games since our last update, going 1-4 last Wednesday and 0-3 on Monday. He is 3-22 in the AFL so far.

Roman Quinn (2013) – Quinn has continued to play extremely well. Since our last update he has three hits and two stolen bases. He also hit his first home run, taking Braves prospect Aaron Northcraft deep on Monday. He is 15-59 and has added nine walks and 10 stolen bases while serving as Scottsdale’s primary lead-off hitter and centerfielder.

Quinn will be playing in the Fall Stars Game on Saturday night at 8 pm. The game will be televised on MLB Network.


Colton Murray (2012) – Murray has thrown three scoreless innings with two strikeouts since our last update. He’s given up five runs in 8.2 innings with nine strikeouts against one walk.

Ethan Stewart (2012) – After missing 12 days, Stewart has made two appearances since our last update, allowing two runs in one inning on Thursday (on a home run to Cubs prospect Addision Russell [the player traded to Chicago from Oakland for Jeff Samardzjia]) and one run in one inning on Tuesday.

Lisalverto Bonilla (2011) – Bonilla, with the Rangers, made his third start of the Fall League on Thursday, allowing four runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work, though he did strike out six against just two walks.

You can follow the Arizona Fall League in more detail by clicking here.

The season continues through November 13th.


Arizona Fall League Update

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

With another week gone by, let’s check in on the former BlueClaws currently playing in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.

Position Players

Logan Moore (2012) – Moore is 1-5 since our last update and is 2-15 in the AFL so far.

Roman Quinn (2013) – Since our last update, Quinn had a four hit, two run, two stolen base game last Wednesday and added another two-hit game on Monday. Then last night (Tuesday), he drew three walks and went 1-2. All in all, he is 12-47 with nine stolen bases in 11 games and has drawn eight walks (walk rate of 14.5%, which is exceptional) while only striking out six times in 55 plate appearances. While it is still early on (games go until the second week of November), the early returns are very positive for Quinn.

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Colton Murray (2012) – Murray has appeared twice since our last update, allowing two runs in one inning last Wednesday and one run in 1/3 of an inning on Saturday. Overall, he has allowed five runs in 5.2 innings but has struck out seven and walked just one.

Ethan Stewart (2012) – Has not pitched since October 11th (we hope is ok) and has allowed one run in 3.1 innings so far.

Lisalverto Bonilla (2011) – Bonilla is the only former BlueClaw in the AFL not representing the Phillies (he’s with the Rangers after being traded for Michael Young following the 2012 season). He’s pitched twice in Arizona, once since our last update, starting and throwing four scoreless innings on Friday. He’s allowed three runs (all in his first appearance) in seven innings so far.

You can follow the Arizona Fall League in more detail by clicking here.


Arizona Fall League Update

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014



With one week gone by, let’s check in on the former BlueClaws currently playing in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.

Position Players

Logan Moore (2012) – Moore has one hit, a single, in 10 ABs so far, but has drawn two walks.

Roman Quinn (2013) – The primary lead-off hitter and center-fielder for Scottsdale, Quinn is 5-25 to start the Fall League, though he had his first two-hit game on Tuesday, going 2-6 with a double and two RBIs. The speedster has added four stolen bases in his first six games.


Colton Murray (2012) – Murray, who had an excellent year between Clearwater and Reading this summer, has allowed two runs in 4.1 innings so far. Both runs were given up in his AFL debut and he responded with two perfect innings, striking out three, on Friday and struck out the lone hitter to face him on Monday.

Ethan Stewart (2012) – Converted to the bullpen during the summer, Stewart earned a spot in Arizona with a stellar second-half of the season. So far in the AFL he has made two appearances. He gave up one earned run in 1.1 innings last Wednesday and threw two scoreless innings on Saturday. He’s struck out six in his 3.1 innings though he has walked five.

Lisalverto Bonilla (2011) – Bonilla, the lone player on this list who is not with the Phillies (he’s with Texas), gave up three runs in three innings as a starter on Saturday night, including a two-run home run to Yankees farmhand Kyle Higashioka.

You can follow the Arizona Fall League in more detail by clicking here.


Winding Down in Arizona

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

We owe you an Arizona Fall League update so let’s take a look at the former BlueClaws down in Arizona as the fall season winds down.

Ken Giles – Giles has been one of the better relievers in the Fall League this year, and has thrown 4.1 scoreless innings on one hit with five strikeouts since our last update. He’s allowed six runs in 9.1 innings so far, though all six of those runs came in one inning in which he allowed four hits and three walks without recording an out. He’s probably ticketed for Reading to open 2014.

Mike Nesseth – Nesseth has struggled since our last update, having allowed 10 earned runs on 13 hits in 5.2 innings since our last update. Overall, he’s allowed 14 runs in 12.2 innings in Arizona so far.

Austin Wright – Wright has allowed two earned runs in 3.2 innings since our last update, walking three and giving up a run in his last outing on Monday. The lefty has allowed seven runs in 9.2 innings so far.

Cameron Rupp – Rupp has added two more multi-hit games in his five November starts and is 15-50 with a home run so far. His home run came on October 29th against Mets prospect Cody Satterwhite.

Aaron Altherr – Altherr had a three-hit game on November 6th in which he picked up three of his eight hits this fall. The 22 year old is from Buckeye, Arizona, which is just 38 miles from Peoria. He’s 8-40 this fall.

Lendy Castillo – Castillo, representing the Cubs, has thrown three scoreless innings since our last update. He’s allowed five runs/two earned in 9.1 innings so far in Arizona, though he’s walked nine. He’s probably headed for the Cubs Double-A affiliate in the Southern League next year.

Trevor May – May has been coming out of the bullpen since making one start earlier in the season. In November, he’s thrown seven innings and allowed one earned run with seven strikeouts. He’s allowed five earned runs in 13 innings so far this fall.

Travis Mattair – Moose has been getting extended playing time so far and is 14-62 (.226) so far in Arizona. He’s added in a pair of home runs though he’s 3-17 in November.

Weekly Arizona Fall League Update

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Let’s take another look at the former BlueClaws currently in the Arizona Fall League, but first, congrats to 2012 BlueClaws RHP Ken Giles, who will play in the Fall Stars Game, the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game, on Saturday night. Here are the rosters.

Ken Giles – Giles bounced back from a rough outing last week (six runs, no outs recorded) by throwing two scoreless innings on Thursday, adding in two strikeouts. He’s struck out eight in five innings so far, only allowing the runs in the one outing on the 19th.

Mike Nesseth – Nesseth threw three scoreless innings last week and has allowed four earned runs (three in his first appearance) over seven innings so far this fall.

Austin Wright – Wright last pitched on Friday, allowing four hits and two runs (including a home run to top Cubs prospect Jorge Soler). He’s allowed five earned runs in six innings so far this fall.

Cameron Rupp – Rupp has had a good fall. He’s 9-30 so far and added two hits and two RBIs last Tuesday since we last checked in.

Aaron Altherr – Altherr has played just three games so far and has not played since the 16th. He’s 3-11 with two RBIs.

Lendy Castillo – Castillo, now with the Cubs, threw scoreless innings on Thursday and Saturday, though he did combine to walk three in those two outings. He’s allowed one earned run/four total over six innings so far this fall.

Trevor May – May has not pitched since the 19th and has made three appearances so far, allowing four runs in five innings.

Travis Mattair – Moose played four games last week and had three hits in his game on Saturday. He took Braves prospect Aaron Northcraft deep for his second home run and is 7-35 so far.

Nine Claws Set For Arizona Fall League

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


Nine former BlueClaws are in Arizona for the prestigious Arizona Fall League, which opens today. We’ll cover the league over the next month and you can follow them on Twitter here.

Here is a rundown of BlueClaws participants:

Kenny Giles – The Phillies drafted Giles in the 7th round of the 2011 draft and he made it to Lakewood in 2012, striking out 86 hitters in 67.1 innings with five saves and a 3.61 ERA. He was promoted in July to Clearwater, where he made 10 appearances and returned this year, going 2-2, 6.31. He’ll be one of the hardest throwers in the AFL this year.

Mike Nesseth – The Minnesota native played collegiately at Nebraska and the Phillies took him in the 17th round in 2010, though because of Tommy John Surgery did not debut until 2011. He opened 2012 with the BlueClaws, going 5-1, 3.06, most of it in relief after he made four early-season starts. He moved to Clearwater for the 2nd half of 2012, pitching to a 2.76 ERA in 21 games. He made 35 of his 48 appearances this year with Reading, going 1-4, but had a 1.64 ERA and threw seven innings allowing one unearned run with Lehigh Valley in three games at the end of the year.

Austin Wright – The BlueClaws have had current-year college starters finish the year in Lakewood the last few seasons (Hoby Milner in 2012, Jon Prosinski and Mark Leiter in 2013). Wright, a 7th round pick from Ole Miss, filled that role in 2011, making seven starts with a 2.67 ERA. He went 11-5, 3.47 with Clearwater in 2012 and went 6-5, 5.92 with Reading this year.

Cameron Rupp – 2013 was a special season for Rupp, who finished the year with the Phillies after opening the season with Reading. He hit a combined .258 with 14 home runs between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, and took advantage of an opportunity at AAA after Tommy Joseph’s injuries. A 3rd round pick from Texas in 2010, Rupp was the every-day catcher for the BlueClaws in 2011, hitting .272 with four home runs.

Aaron Altherr – BlueClaws fans are very familiar with Altherr, who played 151 games with Lakewood between 2011 and 2012. He spent all of 2012 with the BlueClaws, hitting .252 with 8 home runs and 25 stolen bases after splitting 2011 between Lakewood, where he started the year, and Williamsport. This year, Altherr had his best professional season, hitting .275 with 12 home runs and 23 stolen bases (he has 85 over the last three years).

Kelly Dugan – Whatever clicked in for Dugan at the 2012 All-Star break has propelled him into one of the best hitting prospects in the minors. After hitting .253 with Lakewood in the first half of last year, he hit .331 in the second half (to finish at an even .300). This year, he picked up where he left off, hitting .318 with Clearwater and .264 with Reading, to split his year at .291 with 20 home runs (10 in each stop). He was a 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2009 from Encino, California.

(Rule-5 draft implications – Wright, Altherr, and Dugan all have to be placed on the Phillies 40-man roster to avoid being unprotected for the Rule-5 Draft. Rupp is on the 40-man already after serving as a September call-up.)

Mickey Kozack – Mickey has been the BlueClaws trainer since 2008 (save one year in 2011 when he was with Clearwater). He will be the trainer for the Peoria club in the AFL.

Lendy Castillo – Castillo is an interesting case. He began the year as an outfielder with the Phillies before they made him a reliever in 2010. He was so good with the BlueClaws in 2011 (4-2, 2.54 with 46 strikeouts in 46 innings) that the Cubs took him in the Rule-5 draft and carried him on their Major League roster for most of 2012. This year, they wanted to make him a starter so they sent him to Low-A Kane County. It didn’t work. He allowed 26 runs in 24 innings and he went back to the bullpen. After 14 relief appearances with Kane County, he got promoted to Hi-A Daytona where he went 2-0, 3.60 in 20 innings. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster and cleared waivers last year and will try to bounce-back in the Fall and hopefully reach AA in 2014.

Trevor May – May, a 4th round pick of the Phillies in 2008, is the rare two-time champion in the minors, winning titles with the BlueClaws in both 2009 and 2010. In 2009, he went 4-1, 2.56 after joining the BlueClaws in June. He opened 2010 with Clearwater, but 61 walks in 70 innings got him sent back to Lakewood, where he went 7-3, 2.91 in 11 games. After a year in Clearwater and another in Reading, after the 2012 season, he was sent to the Twins (with Vance Worley) for Ben Revere. This year with Double-A New Britain, he went 9-9, 4.51, and while he struck out 159 hitters in 151 innings, he also walked 67, which has been his bugaboo. He’ll work on his control under pitching coach Tom Browning (former Reds pitcher). He is on the Twins 40-man roster.

Travis Mattair – “Moose,” as he is affectionately known, has been in professional baseball since the Phillies took him in the 2007 draft’s 2nd round, save one year, 2010, when he played basketball at Boise State. He spent 2008 and 2009 with the BlueClaws, serving as the 3rd baseman on their first championship team. In 2011, he returned to Lakewood, playing 33 games (and hitting a grand-slam single on the 4th of July) before finishing with Clearwater. The Reds picked him up before 2012 (his first Claws manager, Steve Roadcap, is now a scout with the Reds). He spent last year with Hi-A Bakersfield and this year hit .242 with 13 home runs with Double-A Pensacola.

Final Two Days of Spring Training

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

We owe you two days worth of Minor League spring training game reports, and we will get those to you in this blog post. These, by the way, are the final two spring recaps of the year. Rosters will be released at some point this weekend, so be sure to check back here (frequently, we could always use the site hits).

We’ll start with Thursday’s games.

Lehigh Valley – 8-5 win vs Pirates

  • Adam Morgan allowed two runs in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts in his final tune-up for the season.
  • Lefty Jay Johnson threw here and gave up three runs/one earned in 1.1 innings pitched.
  • Cesar Hernandez had two hits and Cody Asche drove in three runs with Josh Fields driving in two.
  • John Suomi had two hits and Matt Tolbert added a double.

Reading – 3-3 tie vs Pittsburgh

  • Jesse Biddle’s final spring start was very good – he gave up a run on four hits in six innings with a walk and three strikeouts. His spring: two runs in 19 innings with 20 strikeouts.
  • Edgar Duran has had a good spring. He had two more hits. Zach Collier had two hits including a triple and Sebastian Valle added a home run.

Clearwater – 5-4 win at Pittsburgh

  • Hoby Miler gave up three runs in five innings while Felix Santos threw two innings and gave up one run.
  • Geoff Broussard and Steven Inch each threw a scoreless inning.
  • Aaron Altherr and Logan Moore each had two hits including a double for the Threshers. Jonathan Roof had a triple, while Chris Serritella, Maikel Franco, Cameron Perkins, and Carlos Alonso had hits as well.

Lakewood – 2-1 loss at Pittsburgh

  • A good final start for Shane Watson, who gave up a run on two hits in five innings with three strikeouts.
  • Elniery Garcia threw two perfect innings of relief.
  • Lakewood had five hits in the game, one each by Art Charles, Willie Carmona, Mitch Walding, John Taylor, and Tyler Greene. Roman Quinn was 0-4 with a walk, stolen base, and a caught stealing.

That’s Thursday. Friday below the fold…


Arizona Fall League Update

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

It’s time for another Arizona Fall League update. You can, as always, check the previous updates by checking the c

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Zach Collier is playing very well in Arizona, now 10-29. He had three hits on Tuesday and is 6-10 in his last three games. His Tuesday game included three RBIs as well.

Jay Johnson, since allowing four runs in 1/3 of an inning last Wednesday, has thrown two scoreless innings. So far, in 3.2 Arizona innings, he’s allowed five runs on seven hits but struck out eight. Lefties are 2-7 against him, but have struck out in all five of their outs.

Tyler Knigge has thrown twice this week, allowing a run in 2/3 of an inning (two walks) on Saturday and he tossed a scoreless inning on Tuesday. He’s allowed five runs in five innings so far.

Colby Shreve has settled in, throwing three scoreless innings since our last update, the last two being perfect innings. He’s allowed just one run on four hits in 6.2 innings so far.

Among the Phillies players down there, Cody Asche is 11-39 and homered last Thursday (off Rockies prospect, and Fordham alum Cory Riordan)…Tommy Joseph has played just once since our last update, going 0-4 on Friday, and he’s 2-16 so far…Kyle Simon has started three times, most recently on Monday, throwing three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. That makes six innings of one run ball after he gave up seven ER in 1/3 of an inning in his debut.

The former BlueClaws with other organizations:

Jonathan Singleton is 12-47 in Arizona and has cooled off a bit since hitting safely in his first five games (7-19). He did add his second home run on Friday (off Rays prospect Kirby Yates).

Finally, Jarred Cosart had a tough outing in his most recent start on Saturday, allowing seven runs (three earned) in 2/3 of an inning. He gave up four hits and walked three in what was a 16-10 defeat. Cosart has allowed seven ER in eight innings so far.

Arizona Fall League Update

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Our last update finished off the

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Zach Collier went 1-3 with a triple and a walk on Monday and was 0-1 on Tuesday. Collier, with the BlueClaws in 2009, 2010 and 2011 is now 4-16.

Jay Johnson had a rough outing on Wednesday, allowing four runs (two hits and two walks) in just 1/3 of an inning. He’s allowed five runs in 1.2 innings so far.

Tyler Knigge, like his teammate Johnson, had a rough outing Wednesday, allowing four runs on five hits in one inning after two scoreless outings last week.

Colby Shreve gave up his first run of the fall on Tuesday in one inning of work, and has now thrown 3.2 innings thus far.

Among the Phillies players down there, Cody Asche has played great. He’s 9-25 and has five hits (3-5 and 2-5) in two games so far this week. Tommy Joseph is 2-12 and went 1-3 on Tuesday. After Kyle Simon gave up seven runs in 1/3 of an inning last week, he bounced back nicely in a longer outing on Wednesday, allowing one run in three innings.

The former BlueClaws with other organizations:

Jonathan Singleton was the league’s Co-Player of the Week in the first week.

“I try not to make things too complicated at the plate,” said Singleton, who grew up in Long Beach, Calif. “I try to stay through the middle part of the field when I swing. I have been seeing the ball pretty well. The game is starting to slow down, and when it does, you know you are doing things right.”

This week, he’s 1-7 but is 8-27 with two home runs so far and has certainly impressed.

Finally, Jarred Cosart made his second start of the fall on Monday, allowing two runs on five hits in four innings.

Fall League Review

Monday, October 15th, 2012

We continue updating the former BlueClaws down in the Arizona Fall League.

Zach Collier had two hits on

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Jay Johnson gave up a run in 1/3 of an inning in his debut but struck out the side in a scoreless inning on Saturday.

Tyler Knigge, after a 1-2-3 inning in his debut, got four outs, three via the strikeout, on Saturday night and is off to a very nice start.

Colby Shreve threw a scoreless inning in his debut and then added a 5-out scoreless outing on Friday.

Among the Phillies players down there, Cody Asche is 4-15 with two doubles and an RBI. Tommy Joseph is 1-9.

The former BlueClaws with other organizations:

Jonathan Singleton is off to a great start. He homered in his second game and added another home run on Saturday.

Finally, Jarred Cosart started the first game of the League and gave up two runs in 3.1 innings, striking out two and walking none on Tuesday (10/9) and would expect we see him again perhaps today.

First Fall League Review

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

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h=”252″ height=”252″ />Here’s a quick look-back at the first two days of play down in the Arizona Fall League, which features several former BlueClaws.

Zach Collier played Opening Day for Peoria, going 2-4, and did not play in their second game. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Jay Johnson pitched yesterday and gave up a run on two hits in 1/3 of an inning.

Tyler Knigge threw a 1-2-3 inning yesterday with a strikeout.

Colby Shreve threw a scoreless inning, allowing one hit.

Among the Phillies players down there, Cody Asche is 2-7 with two doubles and an RBI in two games. Tommy Joseph is 1-3.

The former BlueClaws with other organizations:

Jonathan Singleton homered yesterday and is 3-9 with a home run and three RBIs in two games.

Finally, Jarred Cosart started the first game of the League and gave up two runs in 3.1 innings, striking out two and walking none.

Former BlueClaws Set for Fall League

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Six former BlueClaws, plus a former manager, will take the field beginning Tuesday in Arizona as part of

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Spending his first year as an Arizona Fall League manager is 2009 BlueClaws manager Dusty Wathan. Wathan led the BlueClaws to the 2009 Sally League title and this year managed Reading to the post-season. He manages the seven Phillies prospects, four former BlueClaws among them, on Peoria.

LHP Jay Johnson was with the BlueClaws in 2011, when he had a 2.94 ERA and 49 Ks in 49 IP. A side-arming Canadian left-hander, Johnson was drafted out of Texas Tech by both the Blue Jays and the Orioles but never signed with either team due to an arm issue. The Phillies signed him in March of 2011 after seeing him throw in Arizona. He passed their physical and joined the BlueClaws a month into the season. This year, he spent the majority of the season with Reading, going 2-1, 5.02. He also made three appearances with Clearwater and two rehabbing with the GCL Phillies.

RHP Tyler Knigge, like Johnson and Shreve, also spent time with Reading this year, though Knigge started the season with Clearwater. With the Threshers, he was nearly unhittable, allowing just three runs in 45 innings. With the R-Phils, he gave up eight ER in 24.2 IP. Knigge went 4-3, 3.32 in 2011 with the BlueClaws after being picked in the 12th round in 2010 from Lewis & Clark State.

RHP Colby Shreve is no stranger to BlueClaws fans, having spent parts of three seasons with Lakewood. Drafted in the 6th round in 2008, Shreve had arm surgery and did not make his pro debut until 2010. He spent 2010 and 2011 with Lakewood, moving from the rotation to the bullpen in April of last year. This year, he surprisingly started with Lakewood, but after six games moved to Clearwater, and after 13 games went to Reading. With the R-Phils, he made 28 appearances and went 3-1, 4.40.

Wathan managed OF Zach Collier when he was a BlueClaw in 2009. After an injury cost him 2010, Collier was back with Lakewood in 2011 when he hit .255 with 35 stolen bases. This year with Clearwater, Collier, a supplemental first round pick in 2008, hit .269 with six home runs and 11 stolen bases.

There are three other Phillies prospects in the AFL, all on Peoria. C Tommy Joseph hit 11 HRs this year in the Eastern League and came over from the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade. 3B Cody Asche hit .324 this year between Clearwater and Reading. He was a 4th round pick last year from Nebraska who skipped Lakewood. The final player is RHP Kyle Simon, who came over from the Orioles with Gabriel Lino for Jim Thome on July 1st. Simon, who was drafted by Phillies farm director Joe Jordan when Jordan ran the Orioles draft last year, was originally a 4th round pick from Arizona, pitched for both Clearwater and Reading.

The other two former BlueClaws, both with the Astros, play for Mesa, and were sent to Houston together in the original Hunter Pence trade in July of 2011.

RHP Jarred Cosart went 7-3, 3.79 in 14 starts with the BlueClaws in 2010. This year, he went 5-5, 3.52 with Double-A Corpus Christi and made six appearances at the end of the year for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He turned 22 in May.

Finally, 1B Jonathan Singleton, who turned 21 in September, rounds out the list. Singleton hit 14 home runs and .290 with the BlueClaws in 2010, leading the BlueClaws offense in the championship season of 2010. This year, Singleton hit .284 with 21 home runs with Corpus Christi and played in the MLB Futures Game in July. He’s considered a top 30 prospect in all of baseball.

Here is the Arizona Fall League’s official site. Check there for updates and features and we’ll of course update you here throughout the six weeks.

Two R-Phils Notes From Last Night

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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We have to congratulate two former BlueClaws, both with Reading.

First, 2010 BlueClaws RHP Jonathan Pettibone had quite the day yesterday. He threw seven innings and beat his former high school rival Gerrit Cole, last year taken #1 overall by the Pirates out of UCLA (both are from Southern California). He got the game-winning hit off a 98 mph fastball. And he was promoted.

“His command gets better and better as he goes,” said Reading manager Dusty Wathan (Reading Eagle). “It’s just a young guy maturing into a better pitcher. It’s fun to watch a guy grow up like that and get better by every start.”

With Lakewood in 2010, he went 8-6 with a 3.49 ERA that was well below 3 during the second half. He also won the clinching games in each round of the post-season – against Hickory in game three of the Division Series and against Greenville in game four of the Championship Series.

Congrats to Jon.

Also – congratulations to 2009 BlueClaws manager Dusty Wathan, who will manage Peoria. He played twice in the AFL, in 1999 and 1996.

“It’s a neat way for me to meet guys, players from other organizations and form lasting friendships,” Wathan said ( “Eric Valent and I played together in the Fall League. My first year managing, he was my hitting coach. You have lasting friendships from other clubs. It’s another way to see how other organizations run things, play for a different manager, who maybe has a different style.

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Darin Ruf Talks AFL

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The fine folks at sat down with 2010 BlueClaws first baseman Darin Ruf for this interview. Ruf, drafted out of Creighton in the 2009 draft, spent the first month of the 2010 season with Lakewood before being promoted to Clearwater when Jonathan Singleton was sent up to Lakewood.

In Ruf’s last game with Lakewood, he only went 5-5 with a triple and a home run, to finish at .330 in 32 games. This year with Clearwater, he hit .308 including .320 in the second half of the season.

He talks about his season with Clearwater, his time in the AFL, umpiring one summer during college, and much more. Enjoy.