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Mitch Rupert Looks at ’14 Cutters

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Mitch Rupert is the outstanding Williamsport Crosscutters beat reporter from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and recently unveiled a new blog post looking at 20 players from the 2014 Crosscutters and their outlooks heading into the 2015 season when most will be with the BlueClaws.

BlueClaws fans are familiar with some of the players listed, such as C Deivi Grullon, who was with Lakewood for six weeks prior to joining Williamsport at the start of their season, OF Jiandido Tromp, who has spent part of the last two seasons with the BlueClaws, and OF Aaron Brown, a 3rd round pick this year who played the last three weeks of the season in Lakewood.

We won’t get into the entire analysis (you can read that by clicking here), but here are Rupert’s top five hitting and pitching prospects from Williamsport this year.

Position Players

  1. C Deivi Grullon
  2. 1B/OF Jose Pujols
  3. OF Cord Sandberg
  4. OF Aaron Brown
  5. OF Jiandido Tromp

Grullon, Sandberg, and Tromp are locks to be in Lakewood when the season opens. Pujols is only 18 and only had a few games in Williamsport this year, so it’s not inconceivable he could stay in extended spring training, come up here if there is an injury, or go back to Williamsport, but I’m sure Pujols will at least have a chance to play his way onto the BlueClaws roster. Brown seems ticketed for Clearwater on Opening Day.


  1. LHP Matt Imhof
  2. RHP Chris Oliver
  3. RHP Ricardo Pinto
  4. LHP Brandon Liebrandt
  5. RHP Edubray Ramos

Imhof will almost certainly be in Clearwater and it’s possible, if not likely, Liebrandt, a 6th round pick this year from Florida State who had a 2.85 ERA and struck out 9.9 hitters per nine innings, will join him there. Ramos, being 21 already and off a sensational season (0.81 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP in 44 innings), could definitely go to Clearwater, especially if they keep him in the bullpen.

Again, I recommend you read the entire piece from Mitch and we’ll try to get Mitch for a Q&A at some point in the near future as well.

BlueClaws Sweep Phillies Weekly Honors

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Players of the We

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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.


The Handbook Has Arrived

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

handbookblogThis is always one of the books I am most eager-to-open each year – the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, which you can order online through Baseball America. They release their top ten prospects each year and in the fall we did a Q&A with Matt Forman, who handed the Phillies list. Today, however, we go from 1-10, all the way up to 30.

11-20: 11 – Roman Quinn, SS (2nd round pick in 2011); 12 – Lisalberto Bonilla, RHP (2011 BlueClaw); 13 – Carlos Tocci, OF (16 year old signed with Phillies on August 23rd, his birthday); 14 – Cesar Hernandez, 2B (Played last year with Clearwater after skipping Lakewood); 15 – Aaron Altherr, OF (split last year between Lakewood and Williamsport and could be back with the BlueClaws); 16 – Ervis Manzanillo, LHP (2011 BlueClaw); 17 – Julio Rodriguez, RHP (2010 BlueClaw heads to Reading this year); 18 – Kyrell Hudson (3rd round pick in 2009 could open with Lakewood this year); 19 – Harold Garcia, 2B (2009 BlueClaw missed most of last year with torn ACL but could open this year with Lehigh Valley); 20 – Larry Greene, OF (Phillies supplemental first-round pick in 2011).

21-30: 21 – Perci Garner, RHP (2nd round pick in 2010 likely joins Lakewood this year); 22 – Austin Hyatt, RHP (2009 BlueClaw heads to Lehigh Valley this year); 23 – Mitchell Walding, SS (Phillies 5th round pick in 2011); 24 – Leandro Castro, OF (2009-10 BlueClaw); 25 – Joe Savery, LHP (made Phillies debut in September, never played here); 26 – Austin Wright, LHP (2011 8th round pick went 1-2, 2.67 in seven BlueClaws starts); 27 – Zach Collier, OF (played here in 2009 and 11); 28 – JC Ramirez, RHP (acquired in Cliff Lee trade from Seattle); 29 – Adam Morgan, LHP (3rd round pick in 2011 from Alabama went 3-3, 2.01 with Williamsport); 30 – Michael Schwimer, RHP (made Phillies debut in September).

(Yes, my desk is a little messy. Yes, that’s my Atlantic-10 Tournament pamphlet – Go Fordham! Yes, that’s my Big Brown bobblehead doll).

Franco, Altherr in BA’s NYPL Top 20

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

francoaltherrTwo 2011 BlueClaws – Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr – were ranked among the top 20 prospects in the NY-Penn League by Baseball America, who released their annual league rankings yesterday.

Franco, a 3rd baseman from the Dominican Republic, ranked 4th, started the year with Williamsport and made a cameo with Lakewood during the summer. He hit .287 with two home runs with Williamsport, mostly as an 18-year old (he turned 19 on August 25th). With the BlueClaws, he went 8-65 with one home run, an absolute laser over the left-centerfield wall off of a 96 mph fastball from 2nd overall pick Jameson Taillon of West Virginia. Presumably, he will be Lakewood’s Opening Day third baseman next year.

Altherr, an outfielder from Arizona, ranked 20th. He began the year with Lakewood, hitting .211 with one home run in the first half before going to the NY-Penn League, where he hit .260 with 5 home runs. He ranked 15th on the same list last year and entered 2011 as a top ten prospect in the organization as also ranked by Baseball America. Altherr played mostly centerfield with Lakewood (all 39 of his games played were in center), but was the left-fielder with Williamsport (61 games in left vs 11 in center) as Kyrell Hudson (former 3rd round pick who hit .275 with 28 stolen bases) played center. We would expect Altherr to man left and Hudson center for Lakewood in 2012 as well.

Previously: Gulf Coast League Top 20

Annual Reading Eagle Prospect List

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Every year the fine folks at the Reading Eagle do a Phillies farm system minor league prospect survey, taking votes from media around the organization. This is what the group come up with:

1. Trevor May, RHP Clearwater, 21
2. Sebastian Valle, C Clearwater, 21
3. Jesse Biddle, LHP Lakewood, 19
4. Freddy Galvis, SS Lehigh Valley, 21
5. Phillippe Aumont, RHP Lehigh Valley, 21
6. Brody Colvin, RHP Clearwater, 21
7. Justin DeFratus, RHP Lehigh Valley, 23
8. Julio Rodriguez, RHP Clearwater, 20
9. Michael Schwimer, RHP Philadelphia, 25
10. Jiwan James, OF Clearwater, 22
11. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP Clearwater, 21
12. Austin Hyatt, RHP Reading, 25
13. Aaron Altherr, OF Williamsport, 20
14. Joe Savery, LHP Lehigh Valley, 25
15. Harold Garcia, 2B Reading, 24
16. Dave Buchanan, RHP Clearwater, 22
17. Carlos Rivero, 3B Reading, 23
18. Cesar Hernandez, 2B Clearwater, 21
19. Lisalberto Bonilla, RHP Lakewood, 21
20. Zach Collier, OF Lakewood, 20

That’s a pretty good list (the number on the right is their age). A few notes:

  • Jesse Biddle is the only one on the list who is in his teens. When Baseball America does their poll in a few months, it won’t be that way, but people were hesitant to vote on people they haven’t seen play yet, or are unproven at the lower levels, which makes sense.
  • Everyone on the list except for Aumont, Savery and Rivero have played for the BlueClaws.
  • No surprise at all Trevor May is number one. He’s had a tremendous season with Clearwater (3.45 ERA, .215 opponents BA and a whopping 197 Ks in just 143 innings pitched, wow).
  • Sebastian Valle got off to a blazing start, hitting .357 to the all-star break, and though he’s only at .227 in the second half, a catcher that has power and is improving defensively is a major asset.
  • Vance Worley, Mike Stutes, and Domonic Brown were not eligible for obvious reasons.
  • Great run for Jonathan Pettibone this year with a 3.00 ERA to move up.
  • Good to see people taking notice of BlueClaws RHP Lisalberto Bonilla, who has been excellent (and is slated to pitch game one of the double-header tomorrow.

Nice article on Trevor May in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer:

“I believe this year as opposed to last year I made a lot of improvement mechanical-wise in being able to repeat things and also staying on a solid routine,” May said. “You have to find a work ethic that works for you. I also felt like this year I was able to make strides in dealing with adversity.

“I was really able to settle down when I got in trouble. I think you can see that by the fact that I have pitched more innings in 25 starts this year than I did in 27 last year.”

As much as he hated being demoted to Lakewood a year ago, May learned a lot from his second stint near the Jersey Shore.

“It was kind of a wake-up call,” May said. “I learned that I needed to throw more strikes and I needed to stay in the bottom half of the strike zone. You can get by with some things in the lower levels that you can’t get by with the higher you go.”

And another great one by Matt Gelb in the Inquirer on Vance Worley:

Six years ago – before Vance was Vanimal, before he wrote angry messages to himself inside his hat, before he transformed from middling non-prospect to one of the best rookie starters in Phillies history – he was an unassuming freshman with a buzz cut. He asked Chris Aquino, then a junior catcher for Long Beach State University, if he would catch a bullpen session before the school year even started.

Aquino had never before been asked to do that. When they were done Worley said, “Thank you.” But Aquino was disturbed.

That should cover it for now. Hopefully we’ll have more later.

“Every time you got into your balance point and you separated,” he said to Worley, “you gave me this big smile right before you delivered the ball.”

Alonso: Phillies Minor League Player of the Week

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

BlueClaws 2B Carlos Alonso, who is 15-32 with 11 walks over his last 12 games, was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday.

Below, find the full story from the great Larry Shenk.

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RHP Scott Mathieson, Lehigh Valley.  Was 1-0 in 2 starts, 11 total innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, 12 strikeouts.  Picked up a win on Monday, 1 run, 4 hits, 7 innings and had a no decision on Sunday, 0 runs, 1 hit, 4 innings. Returned to starting role on June 19 and is 1-1 with a 2.27 ERA for 8 starts, striking out 45 in 35.2 innings.  He was last in a starting rotation on a regular basis in 2006.  The 27-year-old was selected in the 17th round in 2002 and signed by Tim Kissner.

**Player: 2B Carlos Alonso, Lakewood.  Hit .529 in 5 games, with a club-high 9 hits.  Included were a double and his 1st home run on Sunday; drove in 5 runs.  Over the last 10 games, he’s batting .471.  For August, .386.  He began the season at Williamsport (.429, 14 games) before promotion to Lakewood on July 9. The 21-year-old was selected in the 32nd round in 2010 out of the University of Delaware and signed by Paul Murphy.


Maikel Franco Joins Claws

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

3B Maikel Franco, an 18 year old third baseman from the Dominican Republic, was added to the BlueClaws roster yesterday and he is expected to be in the lineup today.

Franco hit .272 with 2 home runs and hit .415 (22-53) with runners in scoring position. Here are some comments from ‘Cutters manager Mickey Morandini on Franco courtesy of beat writer Mitch Rupert.

“He has all the tools. Once he really learns the strike zone and gets more disciplined there, it’s a great future ahead of him. He deserves this. He’s played his butt off both offensively and defensively.”

“I think he’s ready for it,” Morandini said of the call up. “I know he is defensively. He may not hit fourth there like he does here, so maybe there’s not as much pressure offensively.”

“I know I love him at third base. He’s a very, very solid defensive player,” Cutters starting pitcher Colin Kleven said. “He’s clutch with the offense and he gets big hits. He’s an all-around great player and we’re unfortunate to lose him.”

Tuesday Preview: Wright Makes Debut

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

LHP Austin Wright, who joined the BlueClaws yesterday from Williamsport, makes his Lakewood debut today as the BlueClaws take on Delmarva at Perdue Stadium at 7:05.

This is Wright’s regular day as he last pitched on Thursday (5 IP, 1 R vs Vermont). Incidentally, David Buchanan makes his Clearwater debut tonight as well, on extra rest, as he hasn’t pitched since last Monday in Lakewood. He was to pitch for the BlueClaws on Sunday in West Virginia, but takes Jarred Cosart’s turn in the rotation after Cosart was traded to the Astros.

Here are today’s game notes.

The BlueClaws got a bad break last night when Hagerstown blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning in Hickory, so Lakewood is now three games out of first place with 33 to play.

About Austin Wright…Wright, 22, makes his first start with the BlueClaws and 9th as a pro…Wright, drafted this year in the 8th round out of Ole Miss, opened his career with Williamsport, where he was 2-1, 3.38…He gave up one run in five innings against Vermont on Thursday in his last start and was added to the Lakewood roster on Monday…He has only allowed more than two runs in a start once, on 7/22 at Auburn…His longest outing is six innings, on 7/17 at State College…Wright spent two years at Chipola Junior College (where in 2009 he was a teammate of BlueClaws RHP David Buchanan, promoted to Clearwater on Monday)…Drafted in the 23rd round in 2008 by the Pirates and again in the 23rd round of the 2010 draft by the Red Sox before moving up to the 8th round this year…Originally from Schaumberg, Illinois.

The Delmarva Series…The BlueClaws continue their four-game series with Delmarva tonight…Lakewood took three of four from Delmarva to open the second half and two of three at Perdue Stadium in early July…They will still play 11 more games against Delmarva in the second half and have taken 9 of 14 from the Shorebirds this year…Miguel Alvarez is 13-35 and Jim Murphy is 16-43 against Delmarva this year.

BlueClaws Transaction…3B Maikel Franco has been transferred to Lakewood from Williamsport…Franco, who turns 19 on August 26th and is now the youngest BlueClaw (three weeks younger than Domingo Santana) was hitting .274 with 2 HRs and 28 RBIs with Williamsport…Franco was 19-56 (.339) since July 16th and hit .222 with the GCL Phillies after he signed as an amateur free agent last year (from Azua, Dominican Republic)…3B Steve Singleton, who was 8-43 with Lakewood after signing as a free agent from the Twins on July 21st, was sent to Reading.

One to Go…Jim Murphy homered on Friday and now with 21 home runs on the season, is just one away from tying the single-season franchise record set in 2001 by Juan Richardson…His total is the second highest in franchise history, breaking a tie with Ryan Howard, who hit 19 home runs in the 2002 season…Murphy has now hit 35 home runs as a BlueClaw (also the most in franchise history), including 14 in 2009…He is one off the league lead behind Asheville’s Corey Dickerson.

Current Year Draftees

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

With LHP Austin Wright scheduled to make his BlueClaws debut tonight, and Ryan Duke having picked up his fourth save of the year on Sunday, we thought it would be instructive to take a look at some current year draftees and how they have helped the BlueClaws. By current year of course we mean they pitched with the BlueClaws the year they were drafted.

2007: RHP Brian Schlitter (17th round, College of Charleston)
– Went 0-1, 3.80 in 16 games with Lakewood that year and he ended up getting traded to the Cubs for Scott Eyre at the 2008 trading deadline
– He ended up making the big leagues in 2010 with Chicago, claimed by the Yankees and the Phillies on waivers and awarded back to the Cubs. He hasn’t pitched this year

2008: RHP Vance Worley (3rd round, Long Beach State)
– Went 3-2, 2.66 with Lakewood in 2008 as the team made a playoff run that fell just short
– Made his Phillies debut last year and this year is 7-1, 2.33 with the Phillies

2008: RHP Mike Stutes (11th round, Oregon State)
– Went 5-1, 1.48 in seven starts with Lakewood in 2008 forming a late-season 1-2 punch with Worley
– Both he and Worley made their 2009 debuts with Reading becoming the first players in 10 years to start their first full-seasons with Reading
– This year he made his Phillies debut and is 5-1, 3.18

2009: LHP Matt Way (5th round, Washington State)
– Went 4-1, 3.11 with Lakewood in 2009 plus started Game One in both the SAL Northern Division Championship Series and the SAL Championship Series
– Split last year between Lakewood & Clearwater
– Has missed all of 2011 with an injury

2010: RHP Eric Pettis (35th round, UC-Irvine)
– Joined Lakewood for the post-season after pitching to a 1.37 ERA with Williamsport
– This year, he opened with Lakewood and is now with Clearwater, where he has a 3.10 ERA and 3 saves in 25 games

2011: RHP Ryan Duke (25th round, Oklahoma)
– Threw seven shutout innings for Williamsport and has four saves in seven games with Lakewood, having allowed two runs in 7.1 innings pitched.

2011: LHP Austin Wright (8th round, Ole Miss)
– Went 2-1, 3.38 with Williamsport before joining the BlueClaws, where he will debut today.

Buchanan Promoted to Clearwater; Wright Joins ‘Claws

Monday, August 1st, 2011

buchananfull1RHP David Buchanan, who led the South Atlantic League in wins with 11, has been promoted from Lakewood to Clearwater, it was announced Monday.

LHP Austin Wright has been promoted to Lakewood from Williamsport to take his place on the roster.

Buchanan (11-5, 3.38), was first in the South Atlantic League in wins with 11 and 10th in the league in ERA through Sunday. He was the Northern Division starting pitcher in the All-Star Game, when he threw a scoreless inning on June 21st.

On May 7th, he threw a nine-inning complete game in a 5-1 win at Charleston, becoming the first BlueClaws pitcher to throw a nine-inning complete game since Carlos Monasterios in 2007 (Lisalberto Bonilla threw nine innings vs Hagerstown on July 6th).

Buchanan won his last two starts and allowed just one ER in his last 15 innings with Lakewood.


Quick Notebook

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Julio Rodriguez won his 11th game of the year last night, allowing just one run over seven innings in a win at Port Charlotte (for Clearwater)…Rodriguez is now tied with Craig Westcott of San Jose for the MiLB lead in wins.

Colin Kleven, a hard-throwing 20 year old from British Columbia, threw seven shutout innings for Williamsport last night.

Also included in Kleven’s effort were 15 ground ball outs of the 21 batters he retired, and that brought a smile to Morandini’s face.

“That is absolutely big, especially on this field,” Morandini said. “It is a slow infield and they didn’t square him up too much tonight. When you are getting ground balls like that, it means you are keeping the ball down, changing speeds and that made him real effective tonight.”

Great line from Reading manager, and 2010 BlueClaws manager, Mark Parent on Joe Savery, who has given up hitting and is back pitching again:

“Most pitchers are so worried about themselves 24/7 I don’t know how they stay married in the first place,” Parent said in both a serious and kidding way. “When they go out to the other side, play defense, it becomes a team-oriented game and you kind of get out of yourself.”

Savery is back with Lehigh Valley as a pitcher, where he was last year before becoming a hitter early in this season.
Here are today’s BlueClaws game notes for the 5:05 start in Kannapolis.

ClawClast: Pitching Coordinator Gorm Heimueller

Friday, July 15th, 2011

gormblogBefore Friday’s game in Greenville, we sat down with Phillies minor league pitching coordinator Gorm Heimueller for a new ClawCast which you can listen to in full by clicking here.

Here’s a brief snippet:

On Jesse Biddle, changeup: I saw him in spring training working on it. He was very frustrated at times, which all young pitchers do. he’s not a first round pick if his change-up is his best pitch. His number one priority is still command his fastball and after that go the off-speed pitches.

On 2010 BlueClaw Jonathan Pettibone: He was very steady and consistent. He knows his ability and he’s gotten a lot stronger. He’ll get better and all of those guys (in Clearwater)…are very young. They’re all good young arms. With Jon, he picks things up very well and has a great pitchers body and he’ll continue to throw well.

On the new guys: The draft this year hasn’t gotten that many pitchers, more position players. Two lefties, Adam Morgan in the 4th round and Austin Wright in the 8th round. They have nice arms. Ryan Duke here has done a good job. I try not to evaluate too much. I just want to watch them from the spring and this summer and get them ready for next year.

Bonilla: Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Monday, Lisalberto Bonilla was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Tuesday, he won his first game of the year and on Wednesday, he was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week.

Here is the weekly Phillies minor league review from Larry Shenk at the Phillies.

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RH Lisalberto Bonilla, Lakewood.  Made 1 start and wasn’t involved in the decision, a 1-0, 10-inning BlueClaws win over Hagerstown on Wednesday.  Pitched 9 innings, allowed 5 singles, 0 walks and fanned a career-high 12.  Threw 107 pitches, 77 for strikes and had 3, 3-ball accounts. He was also named the pitcher of the week in the SAL. In 17 games at Lakewood (5 starts), he has a 1.49 ERA for 54.1 innings with 54 strikeouts.  The 21-year-old was signed as an amateur free agent out of Samana, Dominican Republic, by Sal Agostinelli and Bernardo Perez, 12/19/08.

**Player: 1B-DH Darin Ruf, Clearwater.  Hit .632 in 6 games (12-19) with 3 doubles, 6th-7th homers and 8 RBI.  Ended the week on an 8-game hitting streak.  Six-game RBI streak ended Sunday.  Batting .403 in 17 2nd-half games, 4 homers, 15 RBI.  For the season, hitting .311 in 81 games with an organization-high and FSL-leading 29 doubles; 7 homers, 50 RBI, matching his career high set a year ago at Clearwater. The 24-year-old was selected in the 20th round in 2009 out of Creighton University and signed by David Seifert.