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Quinn Ranks Third Among NYPL Prospects

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

(Williamsport Crosscutters)

Missed this yesterday, but Williamsport shortstop

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Roman Quinn, who could well be with the BlueClaws in 2013, ranked 3rd among prospects in the New York-Penn League in the annual Baseball America league rankings.

Quinn was a Phillies 2nd round pick in 2010 from Port St Joe, Florida who committed to Florida State before signing. He was drafted as an outfielder and a right-handed batter, but with the Phillies, he’s not only learned how to play shortstop, but also to switch hit.

He hit .281 this year in 267 at bats with a league-leading 11 triples (two more than his nine doubles) and he stole 30 bases, which also led the league, while being caught just six times.

Quinn ended up tied for 16th in the minors in triples this year (including full-season players), and all but two players of the 15 with 12 or more triples did so in fewer at bats. 67 players in the minors this year had at least nine triples (again, includes all leagues, both full and short season) and only Quinn and Gioskar Amaya, a Cubs prospect, had more triples than doubles of that group.

“The kid never hit lefthanded and is facing college pitchers in our league, and it is pretty special what he is doing this year,” said Williamsport first-year manager Andy Tracy (Philadelphia Inquirer, August 13th). “He is a game-changer, and when he gets on base we are a different club.”

He’s odds-on to lead the BlueClaws in stolen bases this year, and might be a guy that can push 50+ stolen bases. Anthony Gose holds the team record of 76 and nobody else has ever gotten to 60 (Chris Roberson is second with 59). We’re looking forward to seeing him as a BlueClaws this year.

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.

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 MiLB.com. 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 MiLB.com. The 20-year-old was signed as an amateur free agent in 2007 by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez.\

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Duffy Wins Player of Week, Again

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.