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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.

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.

Quinn Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

From the Week of May 20-26 and courtesy of the Phillies, the weekly Phillies Minor League Review:

Players of the Week

 Pitcher - RHP, Seth Rosin, Reading… Two starts… 2-0, 2.28 ERA (2 ER, 14.0 IP), 8 H, 2 BB, 13 SO… Rosin started the week strong setting career highs in both strikeouts and innings pitched on 5/20 vs Altoona… Rosin went 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 8 SO in REA’s 6-3 win… Rosin followed up his 8.0 inning gem with 6.0 innings in his next start, allowing 1 unearned run in a 5-1 REA win 5/25 at Harrisburg… Rosin held opponents to a .163 AVG (8-49) this week and has a .230 OPP AVG (50-217) this season… The 6’6 righty has been a model of consistency this year, giving up 3 ER or less in 9 of his 10 starts… Rosin, who is in his first full season as a starter, ranks 6th in the EL with a 1.08 WHIP… Rosin also took home honors from the Eastern League as their Pitcher of the Week for the same time frame… The 24-year-old Rosin was acquired from the San Francisco Giants with Tommy Joseph and Nate Schierholtz for Hunter Pence on 7/31/12… Rosin was originally selected in the 4th round of the 2010 draft by San Francisco.

Player SS, Roman Quinn, Lakewood… Batted .370 (10-27) in 7 G, 6 R, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 SB… On May 6, Quinn’s batting average stood at .196 (22-112), in the 17 games since that point Quinn has hit .358 (24-67) with 9 multi-hit games and has raised his batting average 61 points to .257 for the year… Quinn leads the organization in stolen bases with 24 and has been thrown out only five times in 29 chances… In only his second season of professional baseball, Quinn has scored 81 runs in 111 career games between Williamsport and Lakewood… The 20-year-old Quinn was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2011 draft out of Port St. Joe High School and signed by Aaron Jersild.

Team reports below…


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.

Player- OF, 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.

Player- 2B, 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.


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.

Player- 1B, 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.


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.

Player- 1B 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).


Nick Hernandez on Comeback Trail

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Nick Hernandez has had two surgeries on his shoulder in the last two years and hasn’t pitched in a regular season game (outside of a GCL rehab appearance) since May of 2010, when he took a no-hitter for the BlueClaws into the 8th inning of a game in Greensboro.

He’s working his way back, and Tony Graham caught up with Nick, as well as Joe Jordan, Phillies Director of Player Development, in Clearwater.

You can watch the video here.

Jordan notes that Hernandez has been one of the best stories of the camp (not sure if Tony recorded that video before or after Nice threw three shutout innings yesterday), his velocity is already up to 88-89, and he has no restrictions.

We’re certainly wishing Nick the best this season (he’ll likely start with Clearwater).

Cooper: Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

BlueClaws RHP Zach Cooper becomes the first from the 2012 draft class to win a Phillie

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s player of the week award as he’s named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week for last week. The full review from Larry Shenk (read his blog here).

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RHR Zach Cooper, Lakewood. Relieved 3 times and posted 3 saves, 4 scoreless innings, 3 hits, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts. Selected by the Phillies in the 15th round this summer out of Central Michigan University and signed by David Seifert. Began pro career at Williamsport, 1-0, 1.69 ERA, 2 saves in 6 games. Promoted to Lakewood on July 13. At Lakewood, 0-1, 0.69 ERA, 5 saves 10 games; hasn’t allowed a run since July 23 (9 innings). One of 5 2012 draftees on the BlueClaws’ roster.

**Player: 1B Darin Ruf, Reading. Hit .385 in 6 games, with organization-high 10 hits, including 3 homers, 2 doubles. Scored 6 times and drove in 5. Has 7 homers, 9 RBI this month. Also had 7 homers in May with 27 RBI. Batting .395 in last 10 games. Leads league in homers (25), total bases and slugging percentage and among the top 5 in average, runs, hits and doubles. In 3 previous seasons, he totaled 29 home runs in 319 games while hitting .300. Won player of the week honors for April 16-22 this season. Selected in the 20th round in 2009 out of Creighton University and signed by David Seifert.

Team by team reports:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division

2-4, 3rd place, 3.5 games out; ended the week scoreless over 20 innings, being shut out Saturday and Sunday . . . OF Steve Susdorf, .412; led club with 7 hits and 3 doubles; hitting .371 in last 10 games . . . 2B Cesar Hernandez has hit in 13 of his last 15 AA-AAA games . . . C Sebastian Valle has 3 hits since joining AAA, 2 being homers, 1 in each of Pettibone’s last 2 starts . . . RHS Tyler Cloyd had no decision on Wednesday, 4 runs in 6.2 innings, the most runs he’s allowed since May 20 when he gave up a season-high 5 . . . RHS Jonathan Pettibone (2-0) won on Friday, 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts; recorded 15 ground ball outs; 11-7 this season (AA-AAA) . . . RHR J. C. Ramirez (3-1) was winner in Wednesday’s 12-inning win, 3 strikeouts in 2 scoreless innings . . . LHR Joe Savery hasn’t allowed a run in last 8 games, 9 total innings, 9 strikeouts . . . LHR Jake Diekman, 0 runs in 10 of last 11 AAA outings.

Reading Phillies, Eastern League Eastern Division

3-3, 3rd place, 6 games out . . . 3B Cody Asche, .333, with organization-high 6 doubles among his 9 hits; drove in 5; 6 doubles came in final 4 games; ended week on an 8-game hitting streak, raising his average from .229 to .249 . . . OF D’Arby Myers, leads the club with a .361 average in August . . . OF Tyson Gillies, 4-13, in 3 games since returning to Reading; has hit in 11 straight AA games in which he has appeared . . . RHS Ethan Martin (2-0) won on Tuesday, 2 runs, 1 earned, 6.1 innings . . . LHS Adam Morgan (1-0) won his AA debut the next night, 1 hit (lead-off single in the 2nd), 7 innings, 0 runs, 6 strikeouts . . . RHS Trevor May (9-10) ended a personal 2-game losing streak on Sunday, 2 runs, 6 innings, 8 strikeouts . . . RHR Justin Friend (18) and RHR Michael Cisco (2) posted saves.

Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League North Division

2-4, 5th place, 3.5 games out; won last 2, ending a 7-game losing streak . . . RF Anthony Hewitt, .368, 7 hits including 2 doubles, 13th home run; went into the season with 16 career homers in 329 minor league games over 4 seasons . . . 1B Jim Murphy, leads club with 107 hits, 36 doubles, 14 homers, 73 RBI; hitting .308 vs. LHP, 7 homers, 22 RBI . . . OF Peter Lavin, 4-13, over last 3 games . . . C Cameron Rupp, 5 games, 5 hits, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts . . . RHS Perci Garner (5-8) won on Saturday . . . LHS Jesse Biddle (8-5) was Sunday’s winner, 2 runs, 6 innings . . . RHR Kenny Giles posted his first Clearwater save in that game . . . Tim Kennelly, being converted to a pitcher, 2 games, 2 innings, 2 strikeouts; including Reading, 5 games, 0 runs, 6 strikeouts.

Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division

4-1, 4th place, 1 game out; ended 3-game losing streak and began 3-game winning streak on Monday . . . RF Kelly Dugan, .381, 8 hits in 5 games; ended week on a 7-game hitting streak . . . 3B Maikel Franco, .353, 6 hits, 5 runs; has played every day since June 1; during second half, .315, 6 homers, 39 RBI; first half, .207, 6 homers, 27 RBI . . . 2B Alejandro Villalobos, 5 hits, including 3 doubles, in last 4 games . . . C Gabriel Lino, hit his first homer at Lakewood on Saturday; after a 10-70 start in 21 games following the trade, he’s 5-13 in last 4 games. At 19 years of age, he’s the youngest player on the club . . . 1B Brock Stassi had a pair of 3-hit games and won Monday’s game with a 3-run double . . . LHS Lino Martinez (6-5) was Monday’s winner . . . LHS Hoby Milner (4-2) won the next night, 0 runs, 6.1 innings stretching his scoreless streak to 18.2 innings . . . RH Gabriel Arias (4-6) picked up Wednesday’s win, 1 run, 6 innings, 7 strikeouts; in 4 starts, 3 earned runs in 18.1 innings . . . Saturday’s win went to RHR Luis Paulino (5-2).

Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division

4-2, 6th place . . . SS Roman Quinn, .389, 7 hits, 4 games; hitting 341 in last 10 games . . . 1B-DH Cameron Perkins, .360, 9 hits, 4 RBI . . . CF Kyle Hoppy, .346, 9 hits, 3 RBI; ended week on an 8-game hitting streak . . . 1B Chris Serritella, 6 hits, including 3 doubles; leads league with 20 doubles; leads club with 33 RBI . . . C Chace Numata, .313, led club with 6 runs scored on 5 hits which included 2 homers; drove in 3 . . . Wins went to RHS Kevin Brady (1-1), 0 earned runs, 5.2 innings, 7 strikeouts; RHS Ulises Joaquin (1-1), 0 runs, 5 innings; RHR Jonathan Musser (1-4), 0 runs, 3 innings and RHR Greg Broussard (2-0), 0 runs 2 innings.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, North Division

1-5, losing last 4; 4th place . . . 3B Zach Green, .300, 2 doubles among 6 hits; leads club with 12 doubles; hitting .342 in last 10 . . . RF Dylan Cozens, club-high 3rd homer on Saturday; had walk-off single in 10th inning on Tuesday . . . Cozens, Zach Green and 1B William Carmona, now at Lakewood, share the club RBI high with 20 each . . . OF Jiandido Tomp, his first 4-hit game that day . . . RHR Keivy Rojas (3-1) won on Tuesday . . . RH Shane Watson, relieved twice, 2 innings, 1 hit, 5 strikeouts.

Dugan Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Month

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

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BlueClaws RF Kelly Dugan was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for July, it was announced the the Phillies on Saturday.

A Phillies second-round pick in 2009, Dugan hit .374 in July, with three home runs and 23 RBIs. He has 12 multi-hit games in July, including two three-hit games and one four-hit game.

On July 15th against Savannah, Dugan went 4-4 with three runs scored. He raised his average from .246 to .290 in July and is hitting .337 with runners in scoring position this year.

Dugan is originally from Encino, California and played at Notre Dame High School.

Clearwater pitcher Adam Morgan, a 3rd-round pick last year from the University of Alabama, went 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA in July and was the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month.

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Two Moves

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Congratulations to BlueClaws 1B Chris Duffy and RHP Kenny Giles, who were both promoted to Clearwater.

Duffy hit .384-11-56 with the BlueClaws in 60 games, including .401-10-43 in the second half, which led

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the league in all three categories during that period. He hit a 2-home run game on July 16th, the only one by a BlueClaw this year. On Wednesday at Hagerstown, Duffy went 5-6, tying a franchise record with five hits with six other BlueClaws, last set by Jiwan James in 2010. In July alone he had two three-hit games, two four-hit games, and a five-hit game.

“The BlueClaws were good to me,” he said. “I want to say thank you to the fans, I love the fans, I want to wish everybody the best.” – Read more here from

Giles went 3-3, 3.61 with five saves and had really picked it up lately. In his last six outings, he threw 11 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits with 22 strikeouts. He was a 7th round pick in 2011 from Yavapai Community College.

Good luck to both players!

Who’s Here? The BlueClaws added two new players to the roster, IF William Carmona and RHP Chris Nichols. Both names might be familiar for different reasons.

Carmona was an 11th round pick this year from Stony Brook, where he helped the Seawolves reach the College World Series. The Hempsted, NY native hit .348 with the GCL Phillies before his promotion, including a grand slam on Wednesday.

Nichols is the son of Rod Nichols, Lakewood’s original pitching coach in 2001 and currently the pitching coach with Lehigh Valley. Between the GCL Phillies and Williamsport, Nichols was 3-0, 3.10 with 14 Ks and 1 walk in 20.1 innings pitched.

Four Pitches – From Jesse Biddle

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Cool article from 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.

Weekly Minor League Review

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

This, as always, comes from the desk of the great Larry Shenk. Read his Phillies Insider blog here.

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RHP Austin Hyatt, Reading. 2-0 for 2

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starts, 13.2 innings, 9 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 13 strikeouts. Has won 3 of his last 4 starts. Began season in AAA, 2-6, 5.47 and was moved to AA on June 2. With Reading, 4-3, 4.64 for 10 starts. Has 33-20 record in three-plus minor league seasons. Named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week by The 26-year-old was selected in the 15th round in 2009 out of the University of Alabama and signed by Mike Stauffer.

**Player: SS Edgar Duran, Clearwater. Hit .444 in 6 games. Included among his 8 hits were 3 doubles and 2 homers, his first pro 2-home run game. Drove in 6 runs, scored 6 runs and stole 2 bases. Was 6-12 over his last 3 games and is hitting .323 in his last 10. For the season, .262 in 86 games, 3 homers, 28 RBI. Named the Florida State League Player of the Week by The 20-year-old was signed as an amateur free agent in 2007 by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez.\


Duffy Wins Player of Week, Again

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

BlueClaws 1B Chris Duffy has won Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks. Courtesy of Larry Shenk (read his Phillies Insider blog here).

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**Player: 1B Chris Duffy, Lakewood. Winner for the second time in the last three weeks. Last week: .458 average, club-high 11 hits, 9 RBI. Scored 5 runs. Has two grand slams this month, July 8 and last Saturday. 19-game hitting streak (.438) ended on July 3. Since then, .417 (15-36). Began season at Lakewood (.350, 7 games), went to Clearwater (.205, 20 games) and returned to BlueClaws on May 29. Since returning on Memorial Day, .390, 38 RBI, 40 games. The 24-year-old was selected in the 26th round in 2010 out of the University of Central Florida and signed by Chip Lawrence.

**Pitcher: RHR Tyler Knigge, Reading. Following promotion from Clearwater, make his AA debut on Thursday and got his first save there the next night. Allowed 1 hit, no runs, no walks in 2 innings and struck out 2. Two scoreless outings stretched his streak to 16 games, 18.2 innings, 24 strikeouts. Last run he allowed was May 29. Only other time he allowed a run was 2 on April 27. For the season, 4-1, 0.58 ERA, 36 games, 46.2 innings, 46 strikeouts, opponents batting .168. The 23-year-old was selected in the 12th round in 2010 out of Lewis-Clark State College (ID) and signed by Tim Kissner.