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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.

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.

Team notes below the fold -


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).


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.

Cloyd Wins 15th

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

2009 BlueClaws pitcher Tyler Cloyd won his 15th game of the year last night for Lehigh Valley – three with Reading and 12 with the IronPigs, the 12 setting a new Lehigh Valley franchise record.

The last two years, between Clearwater, Reading,

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and now Lehigh Valley, Cloyd is a combined 24-5 with a 2.4 ERA.

His teammate with the BlueClaws, OF Anthony Gose, became the 46th player to go From the Shore to the Show when he debuted a few weeks back. Who’s to say Cloyd won’t be #47? Whether he’s next or not, I think we’d all be shocked if he’s not on the list by the end of the season.

From Jeff Schuler of the Morning Call:

“Looking back at Cloyd’s wins for us, there’s been numerous times when he’s stopped losing streaks,” [IronPigs Manager Ryne] Sandberg said. “Not his best stuff tonight but quality enough to allow us to have a chance to win.”

“Sometimes when guys are having good years, things just happen, and we just seem to be playing better when he pitches,” Orr said.

The win was Cloyd’s 15th between Reading and Allentown this summer. Only Joe Savery (16 in 2009) and Ryan Madson (16 in 2002), Rich Hunter (19 in 1995) and Jay Davisson (16 in 1983) have had more among Phillies minor league pitchers in the last 32 years.

Two R-Phils Notes From Last Night

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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

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

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

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

Congrats to Jon.

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

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

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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.\


Three From

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Three reads for you courtesy of 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 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, 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.”


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,


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 player of the week in the FSL.


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.