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Nine Claws Set For Arizona Fall League

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


Nine former BlueClaws are in Arizona for the prestigious Arizona Fall League, which opens today. We’ll cover the league over the next month and you can follow them on Twitter here.

Here is a rundown of BlueClaws participants:

Kenny Giles – The Phillies drafted Giles in the 7th round of the 2011 draft and he made it to Lakewood in 2012, striking out 86 hitters in 67.1 innings with five saves and a 3.61 ERA. He was promoted in July to Clearwater, where he made 10 appearances and returned this year, going 2-2, 6.31. He’ll be one of the hardest throwers in the AFL this year.

Mike Nesseth – The Minnesota native played collegiately at Nebraska and the Phillies took him in the 17th round in 2010, though because of Tommy John Surgery did not debut until 2011. He opened 2012 with the BlueClaws, going 5-1, 3.06, most of it in relief after he made four early-season starts. He moved to Clearwater for the 2nd half of 2012, pitching to a 2.76 ERA in 21 games. He made 35 of his 48 appearances this year with Reading, going 1-4, but had a 1.64 ERA and threw seven innings allowing one unearned run with Lehigh Valley in three games at the end of the year.

Austin Wright – The BlueClaws have had current-year college starters finish the year in Lakewood the last few seasons (Hoby Milner in 2012, Jon Prosinski and Mark Leiter in 2013). Wright, a 7th round pick from Ole Miss, filled that role in 2011, making seven starts with a 2.67 ERA. He went 11-5, 3.47 with Clearwater in 2012 and went 6-5, 5.92 with Reading this year.

Cameron Rupp – 2013 was a special season for Rupp, who finished the year with the Phillies after opening the season with Reading. He hit a combined .258 with 14 home runs between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, and took advantage of an opportunity at AAA after Tommy Joseph’s injuries. A 3rd round pick from Texas in 2010, Rupp was the every-day catcher for the BlueClaws in 2011, hitting .272 with four home runs.

Aaron Altherr – BlueClaws fans are very familiar with Altherr, who played 151 games with Lakewood between 2011 and 2012. He spent all of 2012 with the BlueClaws, hitting .252 with 8 home runs and 25 stolen bases after splitting 2011 between Lakewood, where he started the year, and Williamsport. This year, Altherr had his best professional season, hitting .275 with 12 home runs and 23 stolen bases (he has 85 over the last three years).

Kelly Dugan – Whatever clicked in for Dugan at the 2012 All-Star break has propelled him into one of the best hitting prospects in the minors. After hitting .253 with Lakewood in the first half of last year, he hit .331 in the second half (to finish at an even .300). This year, he picked up where he left off, hitting .318 with Clearwater and .264 with Reading, to split his year at .291 with 20 home runs (10 in each stop). He was a 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2009 from Encino, California.

(Rule-5 draft implications – Wright, Altherr, and Dugan all have to be placed on the Phillies 40-man roster to avoid being unprotected for the Rule-5 Draft. Rupp is on the 40-man already after serving as a September call-up.)

Mickey Kozack – Mickey has been the BlueClaws trainer since 2008 (save one year in 2011 when he was with Clearwater). He will be the trainer for the Peoria club in the AFL.

Lendy Castillo – Castillo is an interesting case. He began the year as an outfielder with the Phillies before they made him a reliever in 2010. He was so good with the BlueClaws in 2011 (4-2, 2.54 with 46 strikeouts in 46 innings) that the Cubs took him in the Rule-5 draft and carried him on their Major League roster for most of 2012. This year, they wanted to make him a starter so they sent him to Low-A Kane County. It didn’t work. He allowed 26 runs in 24 innings and he went back to the bullpen. After 14 relief appearances with Kane County, he got promoted to Hi-A Daytona where he went 2-0, 3.60 in 20 innings. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster and cleared waivers last year and will try to bounce-back in the Fall and hopefully reach AA in 2014.

Trevor May – May, a 4th round pick of the Phillies in 2008, is the rare two-time champion in the minors, winning titles with the BlueClaws in both 2009 and 2010. In 2009, he went 4-1, 2.56 after joining the BlueClaws in June. He opened 2010 with Clearwater, but 61 walks in 70 innings got him sent back to Lakewood, where he went 7-3, 2.91 in 11 games. After a year in Clearwater and another in Reading, after the 2012 season, he was sent to the Twins (with Vance Worley) for Ben Revere. This year with Double-A New Britain, he went 9-9, 4.51, and while he struck out 159 hitters in 151 innings, he also walked 67, which has been his bugaboo. He’ll work on his control under pitching coach Tom Browning (former Reds pitcher). He is on the Twins 40-man roster.

Travis Mattair – “Moose,” as he is affectionately known, has been in professional baseball since the Phillies took him in the 2007 draft’s 2nd round, save one year, 2010, when he played basketball at Boise State. He spent 2008 and 2009 with the BlueClaws, serving as the 3rd baseman on their first championship team. In 2011, he returned to Lakewood, playing 33 games (and hitting a grand-slam single on the 4th of July) before finishing with Clearwater. The Reds picked him up before 2012 (his first Claws manager, Steve Roadcap, is now a scout with the Reds). He spent last year with Hi-A Bakersfield and this year hit .242 with 13 home runs with Double-A Pensacola.

A Look: Every BlueClaws Alum in 2013

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


Our friends at MLB/MiLB keep a fabulous statistical portal that we use every day throughout the season for updated stats and miscellaneous information.

A new feature in 2013 was the creation of an Alumni Report, where 2013 affiliated (MiLB) stats are pooled for everyone who has ever played for the BlueClaws. Please note two things:

  • These are for players that played in affiliated baseball in 2013 and does not include independent league stats (Jeremy Barnes, a 2010/11 BlueClaw, for example, won the Can-Am League batting title with the NJ Jackals, but that is not listed here).
  • It says 2012 on the top of the page (link below), but these are 2013 stats (as noted by Quintin Berry’s 13 games with the Red Sox and Travis d’Arnaud’s 31 games with the Mets).

Click here for the list.

A few notes:

  • 101 alums played in affiliated baseball this year, including 32 alums played in the big leagues.
  • Broken down further – 47 hitters (13 in big leagues) and 54 pitchers (19 in big leagues).
  • It’s good to see a few alums getting chances with other organizations. Adam Buschini (2010) never played above Lakewood with the Phillies but spent the year with San Antonio (San Diego’s AA affiliate). Travis Mattair (2008-2011) hit .242 with 13 home runs with Pensacola (Cincinnati’s AA affiliate). D’Arby Myers (2008-09) hit .285 with Midland (Oakland’s AA affiliate), including a 2013 Minor League long 33-game hitting streak.
  • Bobby Korecky (2002) made 25 appearances with Buffalo (Toronto’s AAA affiliate). Darren Byrd (2007) made it all the way to AAA with Oakland after spending a few years with the Brewers. Jesus Sanchez (2009) had a very good year (4-3, 2.89) in 48 appearances with the Brewers AAA affiliate in Nashville.

Take a look. It’s a fun list.

One BlueClaw On Tonight

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Do you know the one BlueClaws alum who is on an active roster for tonight’s Wild Card Play-In Game between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati?

It’s 2003 BlueClaws RHP Alfredo Simon, who has had an excellent year with the Reds, going 6-4 with a 2.87 ERA.

He went 5-0, 3.79 with the BlueClaws in 2003, which was his final year with the Phillies.

Go Reds.

#52: Villar Debuts With Astros

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

One of the most fun parts of this job is updating this page – the Shore to the Show page – on We got to do it again yesterday, as 2010 BlueClaws SS Jonathan Villar made his big league debut with Houston.

Villar becomes the 52nd BlueClaw to go From the Shore, to the Show, and third this year, joining 2010 BlueClaws teammates Jonathan Pettibone, who debuted with the Phillies in April, and Jarred Cosart, who debuted with the Astros just last week.

While Pettibone was the winning pitcher in two of the five BlueClaws playoff wins that year, including the clincher in both rounds of the post-season, neither Cosart nor Villar were playoff participants. Cosart was injured, and Villar was traded, sent to the Astros in the Roy Oswalt trade just two days before the July 31st deadline.

Villar hit .278 with 31 stolen bases with Triple-A Oklahoma City before his promotion to Houston. In 100 games with the 2010 BlueClaws, he hit .271 with 38 stolen bases in 100 games and countless highlight-reel defensive plays. He spent 2011 between Hi-A (where he went after the trade) and Double-A, and all of last year in Double-A Corpus Christi before joining OKC this year.

I remember the day Villar’s trade went down – he was sent to Houston with Anthony Gose (flipped to Toronto minutes later) and JA Happ for Oswalt. Villar was in the Lakewood lineup that day, until about 3 pm, when Chuck LaMar, then the Phillies Assistant GM of Player Development, called manager Mark Parent. They took him out and put in Keoni DeRenne, who got the game-winning hit in a walk-off win. Here’s an old post from that day.

Congrats to Villar.

There are several other former BlueClaws in the Astros system right now.

  • Josh Zeid is in Triple-A with Oklahoma City, where he is 4-1 with 12 saves and a 3.38 ERA. He could certainly be called up at some point, especially as a September call-up. Zeid, of course, was traded to Houston in 2011 as part of the Hunter Pence trade with Cosart and…
  • Jonathan Singleton is hitting .210 with three home runs with Oklahoma City in 34 games there. He missed the first 50 games before playing a couple of weeks in Low-A and Double-A.
  • Domingo Santana was the player to be named later in that trade, going to Houston in August of 2011. This year, with Double-A Corpus Christi, is hitting .233 with 14 home runs. Santana is still two weeks (August 5) shy of his 21st birthday.

Who’s the next BlueClaw to make his big league debut? We shall see.

#51: Cosart to Debut Tonight (UPDATED – Wins Debut)

Friday, July 12th, 2013


Updated – Congrats to 2010 BlueClaw Jarred Cosart, who was sparkling in his big league debut last night, throwing eight scoreless innings with the Astros in beating David Price.

“It’s crazy that just happened,” said Cosart, who struck out two and walked three on 96 pitches (55 strikes). “I just talked to MLB Network and that’s just like — I was 7 years old and you see guys like Harold Reynolds talking on TV. It’s the best moment of my life right now. I can’t imagine it any other way.”

“My heart was going a million miles an hour,” Cosart said. “I was just hoping I could get the ball down. My curveball and my changeup were huge for me tonight.

“The name of the game is getting balls down, changing speeds — and I was able to do to that in the first and establish it early.”

Here is a recap from


The BlueClaws will add to their Shore to the Show page tonight when Jarred Cosart becomes the 51st for BlueClaw to appear in a Major League game. He’ll start tonight for the Astros in Tampa Bay.

He’ll be the second player to debut this year, following Jonathan Pettibone, his 2010 BlueClaws teammate.

Cosart was a 38th round pick of the Phillies in 2008 and spent 2010 with Lakewood, going 7-3 with a 3.79 ERA before an injury prematurely ended his season on June 26th.

He spent the beginning of 2011 with Clearwater before being traded to Houston in the Hunter Pence trade (with Jonathan Singleton, Josh Zeid, and Domingo Santana, all former BlueClaws).

This year, he’s 7-4, 3.29 in Triple-A Oklahoma City and will make his big league debut tonight.


He charted pitches in the stands in Round Rock, Texas, on Wednesday night and was called on the carpet in the middle of the clubhouse afterward by OKC manager Tony DeFrancesco for wearing flip-flops, even though he wore sneakers. With Cosart’s teammates around him, DeFrancesco told Cosart the real reason he summoned him: He was going to the Majors.

From the Houston Chronicle - Astros GM Jeff Lunhow on Cosart:

Decision to promote Cosart: “He has a full half season in Triple-A and sometimes the results don’t match how we feel about his performance, because we ask him to work on certain things — asking him to work on his changeup, work on his offspeed pitches to complement what we know is a pretty electric fastball. And he’s been doing that and the way we track results is not necessarily hits or runs, it’s more about what the coaches are saying and how we’re evaluating his performance. And he’s done well and he’s done everything we asked him to do. So when this opportunity came up and we needed a starter before the All-Star break, he definitely was at the top of the list.”

Good luck to Jarred!


Great Week for Three Former BlueClaws

Thursday, June 27th, 2013


It’s been a great week for three former BlueClaws, all with Reading – Jim Murphy, Jesse Biddle, and Maikel Franco.

Murphy, Lakewood’s all-time Home Run King with 36 combined in 2009 and 2011, and Biddle were named Eastern League All-Stars, while Biddle and Franco were named to the Futures Game, which takes place on July 14th at Citi Field, two days prior to the MLB All-Star Game.

Murphy, who was also the Eastern League Player of the Week last week when he hit four home runs, leads the league and the Phillies system with 15 this year, to along with a .293 average and 47 RBIs. Murphy was last with Lakewood in 2011, when he tied the BlueClaws single-season home run mark with 22 (Juan Richardson, 2001). He hit 14 with Lakewood in 2009 in helping the team win that year’s South Atlantic League title.

Biddle, the Phillies top prospect and a 2011 BlueClaws teammate of Murphy, has a 3.21 ERA this year, despite a 3-7 record, and has struck out 91 hitters in 81.1 innings pitched. He struck out 16 hitters in one seven-inning outing against Harrisburg in April. The Philadelphia native went 7-8, 2.98 with the BlueClaws in 2011 and was a South Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star that year.

Franco, meanwhile, burst through in the second half last year with the BlueClaws, when he hit .346 with 8 home runs and 57 RBIs. This year, he started the season with Clearwater, hitting .299 with a league-leading 16 home runs, and was promoted to Reading last week. At the time of this writing, he has played seven games with Reading, going 14-29 with three home runs.

Biddle will play for the US team (roster) in the Futures Game and Franco, from the Dominican Republic, will play for the World team (roster).

From a local standpoint, Jackson native and St. Rose product Anthony Ranaudo, will be Biddle’s teammate on the United States squad.


Anthony Hewitt Walk-Off HR

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Former BlueClaws OF Anthony Hewitt, now with Reading, hit a three-run walk-off home run last night at FirstEnergy Stadium.

We posted this video on the BlueClaws Facebook page and saw this response.


That’s really cool too.

Anthony Gose Steals Home

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Here is a video of 2009 BlueClaws OF Anthony Gose’s straigh steal of home last night for the Buffalo Bisons, AAA affiliate of the Blue Jays.

Sparkling Night for Two Alums

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

We knew Monday night would be a special one for Jonathan Pettibone, no matter what happened, as the 2010 BlueClaw made his big league debut.

We didn’t know Monday night would be so special for 2011 BlueClaws LHP Jesse Biddle.

We’ll start with Pettibone, who didn’t earn the win, but gave up just two runs in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and no walks as the Phillies topped Pittsburgh 3-2.

“The first couple of innings the nerves were going a little bit,” Pettibone said. “Once I settled down, I got in a nice little rhythm there.”

There were a couple of unique layers to Pettibone’s debut with the Phillies. 1) Charlie Manuel managed Jay Pettibone, Jon’s father, in the minors with the Twins. 2) Jon Pettibone is the first player born in the 1990s to play for the Phillies.

Did managing the son of a player he managed in the minors make the 69-year-old manager feel old?

“Not really,” Manuel said. “I think old is about how you feel, what you make of yourself.

“If I manage his grandson, I think that would be great. I’d like that. That’d be super.”

Here is the updated Shore to the Show list, with Pettibone at #50.

“The game plan was being aggressive,” Pettibone said. “I didn’t want to pick around the strike zone. I wanted to pitch to my strengths and go after them.”

He’s earned another couple of starts with John Lannan expected to be out for a little bit.

Meanwhile, Jesse Biddle was phenomenal for Reading in a win at Harrisburg.

He retired the first 19 he faced, with 14 strikeouts, losing the perfect game and the no-hit bid in the 7th inning, and picking up strike out #16 in his 105th pitch stranding the bases loaded. The Philly native likes the cooler temperatures.

“I love it out here,” said the Double-A Reading hurler and Pennsylvania native following a game in Harrisburg. “I think in the beginning, it was 53, but in the end it was like 46. For me, I don’t think bats work as much then. But as long as I’m feeling comfortable and controlling everything the way I want, it’s all great for me.”


Tonight what I saw was maybe as dominant a start as I’ve seen in my career as a coach,” said Reading pitching coach David Lundquist. “I mean, when you’re talking command-wise and his overall stuff, that’s probably as good as you’re ever going to see at this or any level of the game.”

Biddle differed slightly on the semantics, but still felt that he had thrown the best outing of his Minor League career, now in its fourth year.

“I don’t like to use the word ‘dominant’ so much, but it’s the most in control I’ve felt for sure,” he said. “In control of my emotions, in control of my composure, in control of the baseball, all that stuff. It all starts with my delivery. If I can get that down, I can get the ball going where I want it too.”

Gregg from Phuture Phillies I noticed tweeted that he’d be heading over to Harrisburg for the game. Good choice!

#50: Pettibone to Make Debut Monday

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Before the season, we looked at several players that could become the 50th Shore to the Show player. We focused on two – Mets C Travis d’Arnaud and Phillies RHP Jonathan Pettibone. It looks like Pettibone will in fact become #50.

d’Arnaud is out with a broken foot, but it would have been Pettibone anyway. He will be activated by the Phillies on Monday and make his debut in place of the injured John Lannan.

“He’s got stuff,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “He hasn’t pitched great this year yet, but his stuff has been good. His command hasn’t been great, but he’s been up to 92 to 94, 91 to 94 [m.p.h.]. He’s got good stuff and hopefully he has enough weapons and guile to pitch well for us.”

Pettibone was a 3rd round pick of the Phillies in 2008. After one year in the GCL and one in Williamsport, he debuted with the BlueClaws in 2010, going 8-6, 3.49. Perhaps nobody on the BlueClaws improved more over the year than Pettibone did. he had an ERA of 5.51 in the first half and 2.41 in the second half, improving his K/BB ratio from 1.4 to 2.8.

Here is the full Shore to the Show list of the 10 players who debuted last year.

40 Freddy Galvis 4/5/2012 2008 Philadelphia
41 Lendy Castillo 4/9/2012 2011 Chicago Cubs
42 Adrian Cardenas 5/7/2012 2007 Chicago Cubs
43 Jake Diekman 5/15/2012 2008-10 Philadelphia
44 Quintin Berry 5/23/2012 2007 Detroit
45 BJ Rosenberg 6/9/2012 2009 Philadelphia
46 Anthony Gose 7/17/2012 2009 Toronto
47 Tyler Cloyd 8/29/2012 2009 Philadelphia
48 Darin Ruf 9/14/2012 2010 Philadelphia
49 Tyson Brummett 10/3/2012 2008 Philadelphia

We’ll add to that tomorrow night.

Who Will Be #50?

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

49 players have gone From The Shore, to the Show in the 12-year history of the BlueClaws (link). #1? Ryan Howard, who made his big league debut on September 1st, 2004. #49? Tyson Brummett, who was called up to make an appearance for the Phillies on October 3rd last year, getting the final two outs of the final regular season game of the season.

The next player to make his big league debut will be the milestone #50, but while in years past there have been a few guys that are on the short-list entering the season (for example, last year Freddy Galvis [Phillies] and Lendy Castillo [Cubs] both made Opening Day rosters and debuts before Tax Day), this year, there are no obvious early-April candidates.

One of the reasons for that, of course, is that 10 former BlueClaws made big league debuts last year, compared to five in 2009, six in 2010, and three in 2011. Those 10 included two Cubs (Castillo and Adrian Cardenas), a Tiger (Quintin Berry), and a Blue Jay (Anthony Gose). #50 could be…a Met.

One player that we know for sure will make his debut this year, and almost certainly before the All-Star break, is Travis d’Arnaud, the catcher on the 2009 BlueClaws championship club. Traded to Toronto for Roy Halladay, and to the Mets for RA Dickey, he’s already been traded for two Cy Young winners before reaching the big leagues. d’Arnaud had a strong camp, hitting over .340 in 35 at bats, and while he will open the year in Triple-A, he’ll be back soon.

“I know people talk about control and ‘Super Two’ and all of that. If John Buck gets hurt tomorrow, Travis d’Arnaud is the frontline catcher,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said.

If he hits like he did last year in Las Vegas (he’s familiar with Vegas, as last year, that was Toronto’s AAA affiliate – now it’s the Mets AAA affiliate), where he hit .333 with 16 HRs in 279 at bats, he’ll be up by Memorial Day.

We know that d’Arnaud will be up in the big leagues. We know when he will be up in the big leagues (early June-ish). What we don’t know is whether or not he will be #50. That depends on the situations of the other people on this list.

Jonathan Pettibone, a BlueClaws RHP in 2010, shot through Reading and up prospect lists last year, and threw very well in Lehigh Valley (2.55 ERA in seven starts) at the end of the season. He’ll start in Lehigh, but figures to be one of the first guys called, along with Tyler Cloyd, if the Phillies need a starter. In fact, the release of Aaron Cook yesterday is a big boost for Pettibone:

“Aaron’s a proven guy, but the decision was made, and I think it had a lot to do with the fact that the guys that we plan on having in the rotation at Triple-A are guys we think are going to be ready soon,” said Phillies minor league director Joe Jordan.

Pettibone will almost certainly make his debut this year. The question is when.

If I had to guess who would be #50, I would certainly take one of these two players. However, there are a few other candidates that could, in theory, be up this year.

Jesus Sanchez, a BlueClaw in 2009 when he was just learning how to pitch, had a superb year last season with the Brewers, pitching to a 1.6 ERA between AA and AAA with 64 strikeouts in 71.2 innings pitched. He made five appearances in big league camp before getting sent down, and if he repeats that effort, he’ll be back.

Jarred Cosart, a BlueClaws RHP in 2010, is a big part of the Astros future. He was acquired from the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade in 2011 and made it as high as AAA last year, where he had a 2.60 ERA in 27.2 innings. He got sent down a few weeks ago, but he’ll be back, and could debut this year.

“He’s a guy that’s going to be a big part of our future,” Astros Assistant GM David Stearns said of Cosart. “He knows that and we know that.”

When the Phillies acquired Michael Young to play third base, they sent Lisalverto Bonilla, a 2011 BlueClaw, to the Rangers. Bonilla spent most of last year in AA Reading, where he had a 1.64 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 33 innings. He is expected to start the year with AA Frisco.

Trevor May, a BlueClaw in 2009 and 10 was traded to Minnesota (with Twins Opening Day starter Vance Worley) for Ben Revere in December. Last year, he had a 4.87 ERA in Reading with 151 strikeouts in 149 innings pitched. A return to Double-A or an assignment in Triple-A awaits May to start 2013.

D’Arby Myers, a BlueClaws OF in 2009, is a longshot but earns a mention after getting into five spring training games with the A’s this spring. He hit .305 last year between Clearwater and Reading and will likely play in AA with Oakland.

Here’s a blast from the past: 2007 BlueClaw Darren Byrd, who was a teammate of Sanchez in AA with Milwaukee last year, pitching to a 2.59 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 73 innings. He was traded to the Athletics last week and will open in the minors.

Thanks to BlueCalws SuperFan John Staniscia for his help with this list. Read his blog here – the best way to track former BlueClaws.

NCAA Tournament, BlueClaws-Style

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Who are some of your favorite former BlueClaws rooting for (and picking) in this year’s NCAA basketball tournament?

#1 overall seed Louisville is represented by 2009 BlueClaws RHP BJ Rosenberg. They could square off in the Sweet 16 with Oklahoma State, the alma mater of John Urick (2006), Michael Dabbs (2010) and Jason Jaramillo (2005).

The bottom of the Midwest region includes Creighton, the alma mater of Darin Ruf (2010). Incidentally, Ruf is, I believe, the only BlueClaw alum to go to a Jesuit school (relevant with the election of the new Pope, a Jesuit).

Nick Evangelista (2004) went to Pittsburgh and they are in action today against Wichita State.That half of the bracket includes a 5/12 matchup between Wisconsin, alma mater of Chad Sidowski (2001) and Ole Miss, alma mater of Cooper Osteen (2006), Matt Maloney (2006), and Austin Wright (2011).

Jeremy Barnes went to Notre Dame, who takes on Iowa State in a West Region opener tomorrow.

Top seed Kansas will be supported by Gus Milner (2007), Mike Zagurski (2006), and Colton Murray (2012). Matt Payton (2010) went to Western Kentucky, their opponent. Jordan Ellis (2009) went to Villanova, a possible second round opponent for Kansas.

Also in the South Region, UCLA is the alma mater of Tyson Brummett (2008) and Garret Claypool (2010). A possible second round opponent for UCLA is Florida, alma mater of Matt Campbell (2012).

Troy Hanzawa (2009) and Quintin Berry (2007) went to San Diego State, who takes on Oklahoma, alma mater of Will Savage (2006) and Ryan Duke (2011-12).

Indiana, alma mater of BlueClaws manager Mickey Morandini, is the #1 seed in the South.

Enjoy hoops!

UCF Interview With Chris Duffy – Note the Shirt

Friday, March 1st, 2013

2012 BlueClaws 1B Chris Duffy went to the University of Central Florida and was interviewed at their facility for their website.

Note the shirt. BlueClaws hitting coach Greg Legg gives out these shirts to players after big performances. Duffy is making good use of it.

Anyway, watch the interview.

Baseball’s Hardest Throwing DJ

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Could it be former BlueClaws RHP Trevor May? Here’s a story on May from the St Paul Pioneer Press that ran today.

“I was just playing my stuff in the weight room,” Mazr (May) said. “It got turned off in about four minutes.”

Four minutes into a one-hour mix means it didn’t take long for the audience to cry “uncle.” Undaunted, Mazr glanced around the Twins’ clubhouse.

“I’m taking it slow,” he said. “I’m approaching the Australian guys first because they love house music there. Then I’ll go from there and try to convert the others.”

May spent most of 2009 and half of 2010 with the BlueClaws, helping them win back-to-back South Atlantic League titles (he gave up 1 earned run in four playoff starts over two seasons). In December, he was sent, along with Vance Worley, to Minnesota for Ben Revere.

Click here to read the rest of the story on May.