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Watson to Clearwater; Anderson Activated

Friday, May 20th, 2016

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BlueClaws RHP Shane Watson has been promoted to Clearwater and will move into the Threshers starting rotation, while RHP Drew Anderson has been activated by the BlueClaws off the disabled list and will start Sunday against Delmarva.

Watson went 2-2, 3.20 with Lakewood this year and gave up two runs over six innings in his last BlueClaws start, Wednesday at Hagerstown. He was the 40th overall pick in the 2012 draft from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, California.

Anderson, a 21st round pick in the same 2012 draft from Reno, Nevada, pitched for Lakewood in 2014, going 4-4, 3.68 in nine starts. However, he was injured in a June 8th game at Delmarva and has been on the disabled list since then, missing last year after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. Anderson will make his 2016 debut, and his first Lakewood appearance in 714 days on Sunday against the same Shorebirds club.

UPDATE: Reading SS JP Crawford has been promoted to AAA Lehigh Valley, it was announced today by the Phillies. Crawford, who spent about a year in Reading – he joined the Fightin’ Phils in May of last year, was hitting .265 with 3 HRs and 5 SBs with 30 walks and just 21 strikeouts this year. He’s now the youngest player in the International League, surpassing his new teammates, RHP Jake Thompson and OF Nick Williams.

Crawford was drafted in 2013 and became the first (and still only) player ever to play for the BlueClaws in the year he was drafted out of high school.

Here is a story we did with Watson in 2013 upon the Phillies selection of Crawford.

Phillies Minor League Week In Review

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Phillies minor league week in review…

Players of the Week

Player – OF Dylan Cozens, Reading… The 21-year-old Cozens batted .385 (10-26) with six runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, four RBI, three walks and two stolen bases in seven games. He slugged .808 for the week with a 1.256 OPS. Cozens’ three home runs came in consecutive games, which finished off a six-game span during which he hit five home runs. He currently ranks first in the Eastern League in home runs, extra-base hits (20), slugging percentage (.581) and total bases (79), is tied for fourth in hits (39) and RBI (26) and ranks 10th in average (.287). Cozens was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2012 draft.

Pitcher – RHP Ben Lively, Reading…Lively, 24, was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week and Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after going 2-0 with 13.0 scoreless innings pitched, 14 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP (5 BB, 8 H) in his two starts last week. He scattered four hits in 6.0 shutout innings against Binghamton on May 10, and followed that by striking out a career-high 12 batters in 7.0 scoreless innings on May 15 against Trenton. Four of Lively’s eight starts have been scoreless and he has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of them. His 1.53 ERA (8 ER, 47.0 IP) and 46 strikeouts lead the Eastern League, and he ranks third in innings pitched and fifth in opponents’ batting average (.185). Lively was acquired from Cincinnati in exchange for outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations on December 31, 2014, and was originally selected by the Reds in the fourth round of the June 2013 Draft.

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BlueClaws Sweep Phillies Minor League Player/Pitcher of the Week

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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The BlueClaws swept the Phillies Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Week this week, it was announced by the Phillies.

Players of the Week

Player – INF Emmanuel Marrero, Lakewood… Marrero, 22, raised his batting average by 38 points after batting .500 (12-24) with three doubles, four RBI, seven runs scored and a 1.144 OPS in six games last week. He had four multi-hit games, one of which was a 4-for-5 effort on May 6, and his .333 batting average is now the ninth-best in the South Atlantic League. Marrero was selected by the Phillies in the seventh round of the June 2014 draft out of Alabama State University.

Pitcher – RHP Luke Leftwich, Lakewood… The 21-year-old Leftwich struck out 10 batters and scattered seven hits during a 6.0-inning, scoreless start against Asheville on May 6. It was his second straight double-digit strikeout performance, and he now has struck out 21 batters in his last 12.0 innings pitched. He currently leading the league in strikeouts (39) and strikeouts per nine innings pitched (14.62), and is eighth in ERA (2.25). Leftwich was selected by the Phillies in the seventh round of the June 2015 draft out of Wofford College.

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AC Cruises “Cruising to the Majors”

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
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Rhys Hoskins, a 2015 BlueClaw, had a 19-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday night for Double-A Reading.

This is our first Atlantic City Cruises Cruising To the Majors Phillies Farm Report of the year, and several of the affiliates and former BlueClaws players are off to excellent starts to the season. Let’s take a look.

AAA Lehigh Valley
The IronPigs do not have a ton of former BlueClaws – a lot of their players have come from recent Phillies trades, but they have a few. Andrew Knapp is hitting .238 but has already hit 3 HRs and is second on the team with 12 RBIs. Pitcher Severino Gonzalez, who has pitched for both Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, has thrown 8.1 scoreless innings with the IronPigs.

AA Reading
The Fightin’ Phils are off to a great start, at 16-10 as we type this on Thursday morning. Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins each have five home runs to lead the team. Hoskins had a 19-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday night. Angelo Mora is off to a good start, at .289 with 2 HRs and 15 RBIs while playing second, third, shortstop, and the outfield. Roman Quinn already has stolen 10 bases. Among the pitchers, Miguel Nunez was recently promoted to Reading from Clearwater. Excluding an eight-run game on April 15th against Harrisburg, Ricardo Pinto has allowed just five earned runs over his other four starts covering 25 innings pitched.

A+ Clearwater
The Threshers are 17-9 as we type this, carried by an outstanding pitching staff that has a 2.51 ERA through their first 26 games. Tyler Viza has been arguabley the best pitcher in the system; he’s 4-0, 1.14 in 23 innings over his first four starts. Ranfi Casimiro is 3-1, 2.70 while Elniery Garcia is 2-1, 1.82. All three were with the BlueClaws last year. Matt Hockenberry has allowed two runs in 12.1 innings while Jesen Therrien has allowed three in 11.2 innings with 18 strikeouts. Offensively, Kyle Martin is off to a great start, hitting .294 with 5 HRs and 21 RBIs though 26 games. Mitch Walding is off to a .275 start with six home runs while Scott Kingery is hitting .260 with eight stolen bases.

Former BlueClaws Off to Great Starts With Clearwater

Sunday, April 24th, 2016
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The Clearwater Threshers roster should look pretty familiar to BlueClaws fans. All but two players on it played for the BlueClaws (P Victor Arano came to the Phillies to complete the Roberto Hernandez deal two years ago and P Thomas Eshelman came to the Phillies in the Ken Giles trade in December, going straight to Clearwater from the NY-Penn League).

What should also look familiar to BlueClaws fans? Strong pitching from guys that thrived with Lakewood last year. In fact, the Threshers staff has an ERA of 1.89 (!) over 17 games and has already thrown four shutouts. Let’s take a look.

  • LHP Elniery Garcia has given up one run in 19 innings with 17 strikeouts and four walks. He had a 3.23 ERA with the BlueClaws last year, including a 2.64 ERA in the second half.
  • RHP Ranfi Casimiro has given up three earned runs in 16 innings with 20 strikeouts and four walks. He had a 3.35 ERA with Lakewood last year and a 3.10 ERA in the second half.
  • RHP Tyler Viza has allowed two earned runs in 17.2 innings with 17 strikeouts and two walks. Viza had a 3.3.38 ERA with Lakewood last year 3.14 in the second half.

Out of the bullpen, Jairo Munoz has allowed one run in seven innings, Jesen Therrien has allowed one earned run in 9.1 innings with 15 strikeouts, Matt Hockenberry has not allowed a run in 6.2 innings with five strikeouts, and Alexis Rivero has not allowed a run in 8.1 innings with 11 strikeouts.

Pitching coach Aaron Fultz, who worked with these players last year in Lakewood, has done a great job helping them develop, and the early returns in 2016 are very strong.

Here is the Clearwater stats page.

BlueClaws Sweep Phillies Weekly Honors

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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BlueClaws 2B Andrew Pullin and RHP Jesen Therrien were named Phillies Minor League Player and Pitcher of the week for the period ending June 29th, the first BlueClaws sweep of the season.

Player – 2B, Andrew Pullin, Lakewood … 7 G … Batted .444 (12-27), .500 OBP, .444 SLG %, 4 R, 6 RBI, 3 BB …Pullin is honored as Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the first time this season and third time in his professional career (others: 7/8-14/13 & 8/19-25/13) … Pullin ended the week riding a 12-game hitting in which he was batting .378 (17-45) … Selected by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2012 draft out of Centralia High School (WA), Pullin was signed byRick Jacques.

Pitcher – RHP, Jesen Therrien, Lakewood … 3 G, 1-0, 0.99 ERA (1 ER, 9.1 IP), 3 BB, 12 H, 7 SO … Therrienearns Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week honors for the 2nd time in his career (other: 7/8-14/13) … The 6-foot-2 right hander made 3 relief appearances and picked up his 2nd win of the season (other: 6/8 at DEL) … The 21-year-old native of Montreal, CA, was selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of the June 2011 draft and signed by Alex Agostino.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – International League North Division… 39-44, 6th place… 1-5 for the week … OF Leandro Castro batted .333 (8-24), 2 2B, 3B … INF/OF Tyler Henson batted .300 (6-20), 3 2B, SB … Henson’s 16 SB this season lead the PHI minor league system … C Sebastian Valle batted .333 including his 4th HR of the season … Valle’s 4 HR came in his first 50 AB in triple-A … 1B Jim Murphy belted his 9th HR of the season … INF Nate Spears hit .500 (7-14), 3B and 2 BB … Over his first 15 G with LV Spears was batting .333 … OF Grady Sizemore batted .308 (4-13), R, BB in his first 4 games with the IronPigs … RHP Nector Neris tossed 2.0 scoreless innings as he struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced, without allowing a walk or base hit … RHP Phillippe Aumont tossed 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, striking out 5 as he allowed just 1 hit … LHP Greg Smith allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 over 6.0 innings in his only start … RHP Jason Marquis allowed a run and struck out 6 over 6.0 innings in his only start.

Reading Fightin Phils – Eastern League Eastern Division … 34-45, 6th place … 0-6 for the week  … OF Peter Lavin hit .381 (8-21) with 2 HR, 2 3B,  2B, and a 1.314 OPS … Lavin has 10 HR this season … 1b Jake Fox hit .375 with 3 HR and 8 RBI this week, Fox is hitting .361 with 6 HR over his first 15 games with the Fightins … OF Kelly Dugan hit .273 with 2 HR this week … OF Aaron Altherr hit 2 HR, his total this season is now 6 … Brock Stassi and Edgar Duran also homered this week for Reading … RHP Severino Gonzalez allowed just 1 H and struck out 7 over 7.0 IP in his only start… LHP Matt Hoffman did not allow a run in 3 relief appearances, and has only allowed 1 R in his 6 G (6.0 IP) with Reading …RHP Seth Rosin allowed just 1 run over 4.0 IP in relief.

Clearwater Threshers – Florida State League North Division… First Half – 17-51, 6th place… Second Half – 4-7, 4th place…1-6 for the week … OF Brian Pointer hit .400 (8-20), HR, 2 2B … SS J.P. Crawford slugged 2 HR as he totaled 8 hits … CF Roman Quinn had 6 hits and 4 BB as he went a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts … 1B Art Charles hit 2 HR this week giving him a total of 7 so far this season … INF Angelo Mora had 6 hits including his 2nd HR of the season …RHP Colin Kleven went 7.0 innings in his only start … Kleven didn’t allow a walk as he struck out 5 batters and allowed 1 run … RHP Mark Leiter made his first start at CLR since earning a promotion from LWD … Leiter allowed 2 runs and struck out 6 over 6.0 innings … Leiter has a combined 91 strikeouts between levels which leads the PHI minor league system … RHP Kevin Walter tossed 4.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, totaling 4 strikeouts … RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez pitched 5.0 innings in relief, allowing 1 run, with no walks and 7 strikeouts.

Lakewood BlueClaws – South Atlantic League North Division – First Half – 27-42, 6th place… Second Half – 2-9, 7hplace… 1-6 for the week … POTW 2B Andrew Pullin batted .444 (12-27) and ended the week on a 12-game hitting streak … INF Zach Green batted .333 (9-27), 2 2B, 2 HR … Green went 3-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI on 6/29 at WV … C/1B Willians Astudillo batted .333 with a HR … POTW RHP Jesen Therrien pitched 9.1 innings of relief allowing just 1 ER with 7 SO …Therrien picked up LWD’s only win this week, 6/29 at WV … RHP Wil Morris did not allow a run in 4.0 innings this week …Morris totaled 5 strikeouts as he walked just 1 batter … In his first 13.0 innings for LWD this season Morris has 15 strikeouts to only 1 BB.

Williamsport Crosscutters– New York-Penn League … 7-9, T-4thplace … 3-3 for the week  3B Jan Hernandezhit .333 with 2 HR, 2 2B, 2 SB … C Deivi Grullon hit .400 with a team high of 8 hits this week … OF Jiandido Tromp had 6 hits including 2 HR, 2B, 2 SB, he leads the team with 4 HR … 10th round pick OF Matt Shorthall hit .333 this week including his first professional HR … 7th round pick SS Emmanuel Marrero hit .389 (7-18) with one 2B and one SB … 3rd round pickOF Aaron Brown and 5th round pick Rhys Hoskins both hit their first professional HR this week …  16th round pick RHP Calvin Rayburn pitched 3.2 scoreless innings out of the pen and picked up his 2nd save of the season (other: 6/19 vs JAM)  … Mitch GuellerFrank Rivas and Alejandro Arteaga all picked up wins this week for the Crosscutters.

GCL Phillies-Gulf Coast League … 5-4, 2nd place … 2-4 for the week … SS Grenny Cumana hit .353 including 2 2B and his 1st HR … 3b Damek Tomscha (17th round pick) stayed hot hitting .316 on the week including 4 2B , he is hitting .423 over his first 7 professional games with a HR and 5 2B … OF Chase Harris (14th round pick) hit .381 including a 2B, 3B and 4 SB … Luis Encarnacion hit his first professional HR … 2nd round pick LHP Matt Imhof made his professional debut this week pitching 3 scoreless innings … RHP Seranthony Dominguez pitched 6 innings out of the bullpen and gave up 1 R, 2 BB and threw 8 SO … RHP Luis Morales picked up a win in his only start this week, he allowed just 1 run and struck out 5 in 5.0 innings of work.

Phillies Minor League Review – Leiter Pitcher of the Week

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

BlueClaws RHP Mark Leiter Jr. was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week as part of this week’s Phillies Minor League review.

Players of the Week

Pitcher – RHP, Mark Leiter, Lakewood … 2 G, 1-0, 0.64 ERA (1 ER, 14.0 IP), 8 H, 4 BB, 12 SO, 0.86 WHIP … Leiter earns POTW honors for the 2nd time in his career (other: 8/19-25/13) … Through 5 starts this season Leiter is 3-1, 1.97 ERA (7 ER, 32.0 IP) with a 4.5 SO/BB ratio (27 SO, 6 BB) … In 21 career games (9 starts), Leiter is 7-1, 2.19 ERA (13 ER, 77.0 IP) … Since being converted to a starter last season on August 13, he is 6-1, 1.36 ERA (8 ER, 53.0 IP) with a 4.25 SO/BB ratio (51 SO, 12 BB) in 9 career starts between Lakewood and Clearwater … The 23-year-old right-hander, who is the son of former Phillies pitcher Mark Leiter, was selected by the Phillies in 22ndround of the June 2013 draft out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and signed by Paul Murphy.

Player – C, Tommy Joseph, Reading … 4 G… Batted .375 (6-16), .412 OBP, 1.000 SLG %,    3 R, 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, BB … Joseph is honored for the 1st time in his career as Phillies Minor League Player of the Week … Was placed on the DL, 4/26 … Joseph was acquired from the San Francisco Giants with RHP Seth Rosin and OF Nate Schierholtz for Hunter Pence, 7/31/12.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – International League North Division… 10-12, T-5th place… 3-2 for the week… OF Steve Susdorf batted .421 (8-19) and has hit safely in 6 of the last 8 G for LV … OF Leandro Castro posted a .961 OPS and batted .333 (6-18), 3B, HR … After starting the season 4-for-33 (.121 AVG) over his 1st 11 G, Castro has hit .310 (9-29) over his last 8 G … 1B Jim Murphy had 4 2B and batted .250 with 5 RBI … C Koyie Hill has hit safely in all 10 of his starts this season … Hill went 4-for-13 at the plate (.308 AVG) this week and currently leads LV with a .366 AVG … C Sebastian Valle batted .364 (4-11) with 2 2B … 3B/1B Maikel Franco belted his 1st career triple-A HR and in doing so, became the youngest IronPig to hit a HR in franchise history at 21-years-old (7,911 days to be exact), passing C Tommy Joseph (7,937 days) … RHP David Buchanan picked up a win in each of his 2 starts totaling 9 SO in 11.2 IP … RHP Luis Garcia notched 2 saves over 3 scoreless appearances … Garcia has yet to allow an ER this season for LV and dating back to last season has not allowed an ER over his last 17.0 innings in the International League. … Last week’s POTW, LHP Greg Smith went 6.0 innings, ER, BB, 3 SO and picked up the win in his only start … RHP Phillippe Aumont tossed 2.2 scoreless innings … RHP Justin De Fratus converted a SV, 4/22 at NOR.

Reading Fightin Phils – Eastern League Eastern Division…11-8, T-3rd place… 2-3 for the week … POTW Tommy Joseph batted .375 (6-16), 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI before landing on the DL, 4/26 … OF Aaron Altherr hit his 1stcareer double-A HR … C Logan Moore was promoted to REA from CLR and in his only start recorded his 1st career double-A hit … OF Cam Perkins hit .273 (6-22), 2B, HR … Perkins has a PHI system best .373 AVG so far this season … Last week’s POTW LHP Jesse Biddle picked up the win in his only start going 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 10 SO … Biddleleads the Eastern League with 38 strikeouts … RHP Ken Giles picked up his 6th SV of the year as he totaled 5 SO in 4.0 IP … Giles sports a 0.82 ERA (1 ER, 11.0 IP) with 23 SO, 3 BB … RHP Ryan O’Sullivan tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in relief with 5 SO … RHP Luis Paulino picked up a win in his only start as he allowed just 1 ER over 5.0 IP … Paulinohas earned the win in each of his 2 starts for REA this season.

Clearwater Threshers – Florida State League North Division… 6-16, 6th place… 3-3 for the week…  3BHarold Martinez batted .300 (9-30), 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SB … Martinez had 3 multi-hit games as he hit safely in 6 of 7 during the week … C Gabriel Lino was promoted to CLR from LWD and hit a HR in his 1st game for the Threshers … SS Angelo Mora belted his 1st HR of the season … OF Peter Lavin picked up his 1st SB this season and had 6 hits, 4 of which went for extra bases … LHP Ethan Stewart had another strong week as he picked up a win in his only start allowing 2 ER over 7.0 innings of work … Stewart has a 1.47 ERA (5 ER, 30.2 IP) over his 1st 5 starts this season …RHP Jeb Stefan allowed 1 run over 5.0 innings of work as he picked up with win in his only start … RHP Colton Murray had made 5 scoreless appearances to begin the season before allowing his 1st ER on 4/21 vs DAY … RHP Dan Child picked up his 1st SV of 2014, 4/23 vs DAY … Child has a 1.17 ERA (1 ER, 7.2 IP) over his 1st 5 appearances this season.

Lakewood BlueClaws – South Atlantic League North Division – 6-16, 7th place… 2-5 for the week… Last week’s POTW OF Carlos Tocci batted .321 (9-28), 2B, 2 3B … After starting the season 5-for-40 (.125 AVG), Toccihas hit .400 (20-50) over his last 13 G to raise his AVG to .278 on the season … 1B Willians Astudillo hit .318 (7-22) …Astudillo has hit safely in 14 of his games and has his AVG at an even .400 (24-60) for the season … SS J.P. Crawford batted .292 (7-24), HR, 6 R, 8 BB (.469 OBP this week) … Crawford has 13 BB to 15 SO this season … 1B Wilmer Oberto had 5 H including 3 HR … OF Dylan Cozens hit his 2nd HR of the season … POTW RHP Mark Leiter went 1-0, 0.64 ERA (1 ER, 14.0 IP) … … Since being converted to a starter last season on August 13, he is 6-1, 1.36 ERA (8 ER, 53.0 IP) with a 4.25 SO/BB ratio (51 SO, 12 BB) in 9 career starts between LWD and CLR … RHP Keivi Rojas tossed 5.0 scoreless innings with 7 SO over 3 appearances … In 14.1 IP this season Rojas has a 1.88 ERA (3 ER) … LHP Cody Forsythe picked up a win and a SV in 2 appearances this week as he tossed 3.0 scoreless innings … RHP Tyler Vizapicked up the win on 4/27 as he allowed 2 ER over 6.0 IP.

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.

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 MiLB.com 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.

Weekly Minor League Review

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

From the Phillies and thru games of Sunday, May 5th…

Players of the Week

Pitcher– RHP, Tyler Cloyd, Lehigh Valley… 1 start, 1-0, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 10 SO… Cloyd’s 10 SO tied a career-high… Over his last two starts Cloyd is 1-0, 2.40 ERA (4 ER, 15.0 IP) after starting the year 0-3, 7.65 ERA (17 ER, 20.0 IP) through his first four… The 25-year-old right-hander was an 18th round selection in the 2008 draft out of The University of Nebraska at Omaha… Cloyd was signed by Jerry Lafferty.

PlayerOF, Cameron Perkins, Clearwater… Batted .360 (9-25) in 6 G, 7 R, 2 RBI, 4 2B, 1 HR… As of print, riding a 12-game hitting streak where he is hitting .422 (19-for-45), 7 2B, 3B, HR … Perkins has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games and is batting .355 (43-for-121) on the year which ranks 6th in the FSL… His 43 hits are good for the organizational lead and are T-1st in the FSL… Perkins hit .304 (82-270) last year at Williamsport… Promoted from WIL to Clearwater, Perkins has hit .320 (125-391) with 35 2B over his last 96 G between WIL & CLR… The 22-year-old Perkins was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 draft out of Purdue University… Perkins was signed by Nate Dion.

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Phillies Minor League Review

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

From the Phillies, last week’s minor league review (games through April 28th).

Pitcher– LHP, Jesse Biddle, Reading… 2 starts- … 1-0, 13.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 26 SO… Honored as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, 4/22-28… At the time of print, Biddle is top-5 in the EL in the following categories… 1st in strikeouts (40) & batting average against (.114), 2nd in WHIP (0.77), 3rd in innings pitched (31.0) and 4th in ERA (1.74)… The 21-year-old lefty was a 1st round (27th overall) selection out of Germantown Friends School and signed by Eric Valent. Note: For more on Biddle, please see the Reading Fightin’ Phils section.

Player2B, Cesar Hernandez, Lehigh Valley… Batted .423 (11-26) in 7 G, 5 R, 3 RBI, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 SB and 4 BB (currently riding a 10-game hitting streak)… Hernandez is batting .364 (32-88) on the year… His 32 hits rank T-1st in the organization as well as the International League… The 22-year-old Hernandez was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 2, 2006 by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez.

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Charles Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

BlueClaws 1B Art Charles has been named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the week of April 15-21. Further, 2010 BlueClaws LHP Nick Hernandez, attempting a comeback after missing the two previous seasons with injury, was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week. The full story is below. Congrats to both players.

Courtesy of the Phillies:

Players of the Week

Pitcher– LHP, Nick Hernandez, Clearwater… 1 start- 1-0, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 7 SO vs Brevard County… After missing the last two years with a shoulder injury, Hernandez picked up where he left off prior to injury; in 2010 he allowed 1 ER or less in six of his eight starts for Lakewood… On the year Hernandez is 2-0 in 3 starts with a sparkling 2.12 ERA (4 ER, 17.0 IP)… The young lefty has baseball in his blood; his father, Nicolas Hernandez, a catcher, was selected by the Brewers with the 8th overall pick in the 1978 draft… Furthermore, his Uncle is current MLB umpire Angel Hernandez… The 24-year-old Hernandez was selected in the 12th round of the 2009 draft out of the University of Tennessee.

Player1B, Art Charles, Lakewood… Batted .423 (11-for-26) in 7 G with 5 R, 3 2B, HR, SB, 6 RBI and 2 BB… After beginning the season in a 2-for-24 (.083) funk, Charles has gone 16-for-41 (.390) to raise his average to .277 for the season… Charles has been a force with runners on in front of him hitting .375 (6-16, 10 RBI) with RISP and .500 (1-2, 4 RBI) with the bases loaded. The 22-year-old Charles was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 20th round of the 2010 draft out of Bakersfield College… The Phillies acquired Charles via trade on 2/23/13 for RHP Michael Schwimer.

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Weekly Minor League Review

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Courtesy of the Phillies. These are through Sunday’s games. Congrats to one of our favorite former BlueClaws on winning Minor League Player of the Week.

Players of the Week

Pitcher– LHP Adam Morgan, Lehigh Valley… In two starts- 1-0, 1.29 ERA (2 ER, 14.0 IP), 9 H, 2 BB, 9 SO for the week… 4/12 vs Syracuse- W, 8 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 SO, his first triple-A win in only his eighth start above single-A… 1-for-3 as a hitter, first-career RBI… Morgan faced 28 batters on the night; recording 22 four-pitch outs … Retired the lead-off hitter in all 8 IP, topping out at 93 on the gun… Honored by the International League as the IL Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 8-14… The 23-year-old lefty was a 3rd round selection in the 2011 draft out of the University of Alabama and signed by Mike Stauffer.

Player1B Jim Murphy, Reading… Batted .381 (16-for-42) in 10 G with 8 R, 5 2B, 2 HR and 10 RBI… .545 with RISP (6-for-11)… After a hitless, 0-for-4 Opening Day, Murphy roared back with a nine-game hitting streak which is currently tied for the longest active streak in the Eastern League… At time of print, Murphy is in the lead or tied for the organization lead in runs, hits, total bases (27) and multi-hit games with six… The 27-year-old was a 17th round selection in 2006 out of Washington State University and signed by Dave Ryles.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs- International League North Division…4-5, 4th place

LHV is home to six (Joseph -3, Pettibone-4, Morgan-5, Martin-6, Asche-7, Ruf-9) of the top ten prospects in the Phillies organization as ranked by Baseball America… First W of 2013 came in walk-off fashion, a 5-4 W over Syracuse (LHV led the IL in 2012 with 13 walk-off W’s, a franchise record)… 2B Cesar Hernandez went 4-for-6 including the game winning walk-off single in the 11th inning… Hernandez accounted for six-multi-hit games this week on his way to a .389 AVG… OF Darin Ruf, hitting .286 with 5 2B and 4 RBI to begin the season, had a seven-game hitting streak snapped on 4/14 vs Syracuse… That hitless night also snapped Ruf’s streak of reaching base safely in 31 consecutive MiLB games, a streak which began back on 8/11/12… C Tommy Joseph led the team in RBI with eight, also slugged his first career triple-A HR off recent Red Sox call up Alex Wilson of Pawtucket… 3B Cody Asche belted his first triple-A HR off Ruby De La Rosa… RHP Justin De Fratus (4.1 IP), LHP Cesar Jimenez (5.2 IP) and LHP Joe Savery (4.2 IP) have combined for 14.2 IP of scoreless relief to begin 2013; dating back to 2012 Savery has not allowed a run over his last six appearances (8.2 IP).

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Four Pitches – From Jesse Biddle

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Cool article from MiLB.com in which Jesse Biddle, now with Clearwater and a 2011 BlueClaw, talks about his four pitch repertoire. Click here to read the full article. Here’s a snippet:

Pitch one: Four-seam fastball

Origin: That’s the first pitch every kid should learn how to throw. It’s the most important one. At Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, I usually just threw that until hitters started hitting it and then I changed it up. The biggest thing as a pitcher — at least what the Phillies preach — is fastball command first and foremost. If you don’t have that, you’re not going to be successful.

Purpose: I probably throw 75 percent fastballs in a game and I don’t try to fool anybody, just get quick outs. It’s my go-to in any count, and I feel comfortable throwing it.

Read the whole thing. Well worth it.