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BlueClaws Notes…

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Here are some nuggets in advance of tonight’s game against Kannapolis (notes here)…

Zach Collier: 16 for his last 44 (.364) and in the process has raised his average up from .163 to its current level at .264. Collier has been working with hitting coach Greg Legg on taking the ball to the opposite field.

Collier was mentioned by Baseball Prospectus as a prospect on the rise…

“…as we know, sometimes tools guys just start getting it. It’s too early to call this a complete conversion, but it’s worth following.”

Traffic on Route 4: The BlueClaws are now 0-5 when they have a chance to get to five games over .500. They lost at 10-6, 11-7, 12-8, 13-9, and now 14-10.

Harold the Hitter: Harold Garcia is 17-51 (.333) over his current 12-game hitting streak.

Jesus is Rising…up the ladder…Jesus Villegas, who had been hitting .435 with the BlueClaws, is off to Clearwater. Villegas had eight multi-hit games in just 14 chances. The BlueClaws have been sent IF Korby Mintken from extended spring training. Mintken has not yet appeared in a pro game and played his college ball at South Dakota State.

Baseball Prospectus Top 100

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Last week, Baseball Prospectus came out with their annual top 100 prospect list, featuring several former BlueClaws.

  • 43. Carlos Carrasco (2006), RHP, Phillies
  • 55. Michael Taylor (2008), OF, Phillies
  • 92. Kyle Drabek (2007), RHP, Phillies
  • 93. Adrian Cardenas (2007), SS, Athletics

Just goes to show how subjective these lists can be. Dominic Brown is in the top 50 of the lists put out by the writers at Baseball America, but he can’t crack the top three Phillies prospects per Baseball Prospectus.

A few others of note…

  • 2. David Price, LHP, Rays, Phillies saw him in the World Series
  • 13. Tommy Hanson, RHP, Braves, Phillies will see a lot of him real soon…Braves refused to include in trade for Jake Peavy
  • 30. Matt LaPorta, 1B, Indians, traded from Brewers for CC Sabathia
  • 38. Jesus Montero, C, Yankees, top Yankees prospect
  • 45. Fernando Martinez, OF, Mets, top Mets prospect
  • 72. Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Brewers, hit 100 on FirstEnergy Park radar gun in 2007
  • 83. Nick Weglarz, OF, Indians, hit home run over Coors Light WRAT Trap in 2007
  • 85. Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Cubs, former Notre Dame receiver
  • 86. Todd Frazier, SS, Reds, Toms River native, played at Rutgers

Baseball Prospectus Top Eleven

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Baseball ProspectusBaseball America releases their list of the top ten Phillies prospects on Monday, January 5th. For the next few days we’ll build up to that release, including a chat with the man who makes the list, Baseball America editor John Manuel.  

To get us started, Baseball Prospectus released their annual look at the top prospects in the Phillies system. This is as much as you get as a non-subscriber. Please note that numbers 1 thru 8 are all former BlueClaws, while Collier, Knapp, and Hewitt all played at lower levels last year and have good chances to be in Lakewood on April 9th.

Five-Star Prospects
1. Carlos Carrasco, RHP
Four-Star Prospects
2. Michael Taylor, RF
3. Kyle Drabek, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
4. Travis D’Arnaud, C
5. Lou Marson, C
6. Jason Donald, SS
7. Dominic Brown, OF
8. J.A. Happ, RHP
9. Zach Collier, RF
10. Jason Knapp, RHP
11. Anthony Hewitt, 3B

Just Missed: Travis Mattair, 3B; Drew Naylor, RHP; Joe Savery, LHP