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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.

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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Three From MiLB.com

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Three reads for you courtesy of MiLB.com from yesterday.

First, this on 2009 BlueClaws RHP Tyler Cloyd, now with

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Lehigh Valley:

“I was pitching pretty well in Double-A, so all I tried to do when I came up here was to keep that going,” Cloyd said. “Up here, you face more veteran hitters who are going to pick out your mistakes. For me, it’s all about limiting the mistakes I make.”

Cloyd ranks second in the league in ERA. What’s more, he has allowed only 67 baserunners (via hits, walks or hit batters) over 70 2/3 innings, giving him a IL-best ratio of 8.53 baserunners per nine innings.

“He’s shown a lot of composure for a guy who hasn’t pitched at this level before this year,” Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg said. “He’s very competitive out there with the way he attacks hitters. And when his control is really on, he can make it tough on hitters with his sinking fastball and his cut fastball.”

This, on 2010 BlueClaws RHP Jarred Cosart, now with Corpus Christi in the Astros system (AA):

The 22-year-old right-hander felt like he had to return to the form — both mentally and physically — that prompted MLB.com to rank him among baseball’s Top 100 Prospects.

“I’ve been doing tremendously better,” he said. “I put a little pressure on myself and got away from what’s made me successful. But recently I’m getting back to that, definitely. I feel like A-ball, big leagues, the mound is still 60 feet, 6 inches away from the plate.”

And finally, MiLB.com talked to BlueClaws LHP Ethan Stewart after his outing yesterday:

Lakewood lefty Ethan Stewart wasn’t hyperventilating Sunday afternoon in the dugout. That was just Stewart resting his hands on his thighs and breathing deeply five or six times.

“I’m in a euphoria-zone kind of thing,” Stewart said. “It’s great.”

Enjoy.

Weekly Minor League Review

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Courtesy of Larry Shenk. Read his great blog here.

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RHR Lisalberto Bonilla, Reading. In 2 appearances, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 innings, 4 hits,

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0 walks, 7 strikeouts. Win came in Wednesday’s 2nd game, 2 scoreless innings; other appearance, 3 scoreless innings on Saturday, 2nd game, striking out 5; threw 40 pitches, 30 for strikes. Hasn’t allowed a run since May 27, 11 total innings, 4 hits, 0 walks, 13 strikeouts. Began season at Clearwater and joined Reading on May 5. Combined, 3-2, 2.02 ERA, for 24 appearances, 2 saves, 35.2 innings, 49 strikeouts, opponents batting .195. The 6-0, 175-pound right-hander turned 22 on June 18. He was signed as an amateur free agent out of Samana, DR, by Sal Agostinelli and Bernardo Perez in 2008.

**Player: RF Anthony Hewitt, Clearwater. In a week shortened by the All-Star Game break, he hit .375 in 4 games. Of his 6 hits, he had a double and 3 homers and led the organization with 8 RBI, coming on back-to-back 4 RBI games. Raised average from .227 to .244, highest in a month. For the season, 8 homers, 28 RBI, 6 doubles, 6 stolen bases in 47 games. Home run total is second in the organization to Darin Ruff (11). The 23-year-old was selected out of high school in the 1st round (24th overall) in 2008 and signed by Gene Schall. Also named the MiLB.com player of the week in the FSL.

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Rosenberg Called Up to Phillies

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Congratulations to 2009 BlueClaws RHP BJ Rosenberg, who had his contract selected today by the Phillies and will soon make his big league debut.

Rosenberg, a 13th round pick in 2008 from the University of Louisville, was a dynamite reliever with Lakewood in 2009, going 7-2, with a 0.89 ERA and throwing 28.1 straight innings without allowing an earned run from Memorial Day until August 6th when he was promoted straight to Double-A Reading.

Injuries slowed him down in 2010 and he bounced between the bullpen and starting rotation with Reading last year. This year, in 16 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley, he’s allowed just five ER in 28.2 innings pitched with 36 strikeouts and eight walks.

Here is a Q&A we did with Rosenberg after the 2009 season. That year, he pitched for Team USA in Pan-Am qualifying. One of his coaches there was Kannapolis manager Ernie Young. This was going on at the same time that Lakewood and Kannapolis were facing off in the first round of the 2009 SAL playoffs.

Rosenberg will be the 45th Shore to the Show players and sixth BlueClaws alum to make his big league debut this year, following Freddy Galvis, Lendy Castillo, Adrian Cardenas, Jake Diekman, and and Quintin Berry.

UPDATE: Rosenberg was added to this list after making his debut on Saturday. He threw a scoreless 11th inning before allowing a walk-off home run to Adam Jones. Despite the loss, he still called it “the greatest day of my life,” and who’s to say differently?

“This happened so quick,” Rosenberg said. “I was pitching really well, so you never really know. But if you told me at the beginning of the year that I would be here right now, I would have called them a liar. I’m just thankful for the opportunity.”

We did want to share this tweet from Mark Zaiger, who was an intern with the BlueClaws in 2009 and is now with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Congrats to BJ Rosenberg for making it to the big leagues. He was awesome with the youth when I ran the 2009 @blueclaws kids baseball clinic

Another reason to root for Rosenberg.

Minor League Weekly Review

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Below, find the weekly minor league review, courtesy of Larry Shenk. Read Larry’s blog here.

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: LH Jesse Biddle, Clearwater.

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Was 1-0 for 2 starts, 0.64 ERA. Pitched 14 innings, allowed 8 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), walked 3 and struck out 21. Had no-decision on Monday and won on Sunday, a game in which he struck out a career-high 12 in 7 innings. Threw 104 pitches, 72 for strikeouts. Previous strikeout high was 10, 8/4/10, while pitching in the Gulf Coast League. Victory was his third in a row, 3-2 for the season with a 2.53 ERA. He’s given up 6 runs in his last 8 games, after allowing 9 in his first two starts. The 20-year-old was the Phillies first-round selection (27th overall) in 2010 out of Germantown Friends School and signed by Eric Valent.

**Player: C John Suomi, Lehigh Valley. Hit .600 in 5 games (12-20) with 4 doubles, 2 homers, 7 RBI and 8 runs scored. All 5 of his games were multi-hit games. Ended week on an 8-game hitting streak. Hit .385 during May after getting just 16 at-bats April. In each of the last three seasons, he’s played for three different Phillies minor league teams. The 31-year-old was originally selected by Oakland in the 22nd round 12 years ago. He was signed as a minor league free agent 12/11/09 by the Phillies.

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Weekly Minor League Review

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Below, find the Phillies weekly minor league review, courtesy of the great Larry Shenk. Read Larry’s blog here.

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RHP Tyson

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Brummett, Lehigh Valley. Relieved 3 times, 1-0, 0.00, 5.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk and 9 strikeouts. In his last 10 games, 1-0, 1 save, 2.70 ERA. Began the season at Reading and promoted to LV May 6. Combined AA and AAA: 19 games, 2.01 ERA, 31.1 innings, 4 walks, 38 strikeouts. The 27-year-old was selected in the 7th round out of UCLA in 2007 and signed by Tim Kissner.

**Player: CF Tyson Gillies, Reading. Hit .500 in 6 games (11-22) with organization-high 3 triples. Drove in 5 runs and scored 6 times. Ended the week on a 7-game hitting streak that included multi-hit games in his first 5 games. Average improved from .247 to .280. Collided with RF Jiwan James on Saturday and left after the 4th inning. The 23-year-old was acquired from Mariners in 12/6/09 trade for Cliff Lee.

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ClawCast: Gorm Heimueller

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

We sat down with Phillies minor league pitching coordinator Gorm Heimueller before the double-header on Thursday.

Heimueller, who has been in this role for 11 years, talked about a number of different Phillies prospects including those in Lakewood, Reading’s Trevor May, Clearwater’s Jesse Biddle, and Lehigh Valley’s Tyler Cloyd, plus the rule of the catcher in the development of young pitchers.

Click here to listen or use the player below:

Sorry for no quotes for now but we do encourage you to listen to the interview. You’ll enjoy it. Gorm was very insightful as always.

Kleven Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

BlueClaws pitcher Colin Kleven was named Phillies minor league pitcher of the week for the week of May 14-20, it was announced earlier by the Phillies. Lino Martinez won the previous week’s award, the only two BlueClaws to win Phillies minor league pitcher or player of the weeks so far this year.

Kleven gave up just one earned run over two starts (seven innings, one unearned run at Delmarva on May 14 and five innings, one earned run at Greensboro on May 19) and won two games, his second and third wins of the year.

Below, find the full rundown courtesy of Larry Shenk. Read Larry’s blog here.

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RHP Colin Kleven, Lakewood.  2-0, 0.75 ERA for 2 starts, 12 innings, 9 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 4 walks, 11 strikeouts. In 4 starts this month, 2-1, 1.96 ERA.  For the season, 3-3, 3.38 ERA, 8 starts.  The 21-year-old was a 33rd round selection in 2009 out of R. E. Mountain High School in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, and signed by Tim Kissner.

**Player: INF-OF Carlos Alonso, Clearwater.  Led organization with a .545 average for 6 games, 12 hits, 5 runs scored and 10 RBI. He had multi-hits in each of his last 5 games. Raised his average from .299 to .360. Alonso has started at second base, shortstop, third base and left field.  The 24-year-old was selected in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Delaware and signed by Paul Murphy.

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Rizzotti Homers Off Buchanan

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

This was last night in Reading. Matt Rizzotti, a 2008 BlueClaws first baseman, who was traded to the Twins during spring training, was back in Reading yesterday as a member of the New Britain Rock Cats last night. He brought his bat, taking David Buchanan deep in the game.

It was Rizzotti’s fourth game with New Britain after he hit .246 to start the year with Triple-A Rochester.

Also of note was the left fielder retreating on the ball – 2010 BlueClaws 1B Darin Ruf. Ruf played his first game in left field last night for the R-Phils. We know he can hit – BlueClaws fans saw that in 2010 when he hit .330 in the first month of the season before getting promoted (when Jonathan Singleton joined the BlueClaws). Ruf, obviously blocked by Ryan Howard, is getting a chance to see if he can play left field to go along with his great bat (he’s hitting .359 this year for Reading).

Steve Susdorf was promoted to Lehigh Valley today, from Reading where he was hitting .297 with a home run and 15 RBIs. Susdorf, drafted in the 19th round in 2008, is Rule-5 eligible after the season and spent all of last year with Reading, hitting .339.

With Lakewood in 2009, with the team needing an offensive boost, Susdorf came aboard on Memorial Day and in three weeks, hit .333 with 2 HRs and 15 RBIs in 21 games. Lakewood won 16 of those and came from 5 games back to clinch the first half title.