Interview: BlueClaws OF Cornelius Randolph

April 21st, 2016

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BlueClaws OF Cornelius Randolph had his first four-hit game on Tuesday night, which also included his first home run as a BlueClaw.

The 2015 first-round pick joined us on the BlueClaws Beat Pre-Game Show on Wednesday and that interview is below.

Among the topics…

  • His favorite player to watch growing up? Robinson Cano.
  • How he started to bat lefthanded? Watching his brother Xavier, who also threw right, but hit left.
  • His relationship with Phillies prospect JP Crawford, who reached out to Randolph on Twitter to wish him well and offer any support even before the Phillies drafted him.

Listen below.


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Game Notes – 4/20 vs Hagerstown

April 20th, 2016

The BlueClaws have dropped the first two of their three-game series with Hagerstown and send LHP Tyler Gilbert to the mound today as they look to avoid a sweep.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:20)

Hello Hagerstown…Hagerstown makes the first of four visits to FirstEnergy Park this year for a three-game series…The Suns lead the season series 5-0, sweeping a three-game set at Municipal Stadium last week…The teams next meet May 16-18 in Hagerstown.

Sweep At Stake…The BlueClaws need a win to avoid being swept in the series (both of their wins so far have come in games in which they have tried to avoid being swept)…They were, however, swept by Hagerstown last week…The BlueClaws were swept in one series last year (June 16-18 vs Delmarva).

Hitting StreaksZach Coppola has hit safely in six straight games, going 11-22 with two doubles and a triple…Wilson Garcia has hit safely in five straight games (all five that he’s played), going 7-21 with two doubles.

Randolph Breaks Through…Phillies 1st round pick Cornelius Randolph went 4-5 on Tuesday night after going 4-38 to open the season…It was his first career four-hit game and included his first home run of the year (2nd career)…He was the 10th overall pick in the 2015 player draft…Randolph is one of just 10 18-year olds on South Atlantic League rosters.

The Zach Rabbit…Zach Coppola (who played for the South Dakota State Jack Rabbits) did not play the first two BlueClaws games this year, but since moving into the lineup in the third game, he is 18-47 with six walks, having reached base in 24 of 53 plate appearances while adding two stolen bases and five RBIs…He leads the BlueClaws with six multi-hit games and is 5th in the league, hitting .383…Coppola was a 13th round pick last year from South Dakota State and stole 19 bases with Williamsport.

Going, Going…The BlueClaws have hit seven home runs so far, two at FirstEnergy Park (hit by Jose Pujols on Sunday and Monday)…Jiandido Tromp and Pujols each have hit two home runs so far…Tromp hit nine with Lakewood last year while Pujols hit four with Williamsport.

Two Pujols Bombs…Jose Pujols homered on both Sunday and Monday, the first two HRs hit by BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park this year…He is 4-12 in his three games since starting the season 6-33…The 20 year old hit four HRs with Williamsport last year and has 17 career home runs since debuting with the GCL Phillies in 2013…He is the Phillies #25 prospect per MLB.com.

Stellar Homestand for Tobias…Josh Tobias is 9-15 on the current homestand and became the first BlueClaw with four hits in a game when he went 4-5 on Opening Night at FirstEnergy Park…He is tied for 7th with 10 RBIs and 8th in the league at .372 among SAL hitters…Tobias hit .321 in the NY-Penn League with Williamsport last year, finishing third in the league…He was a 10th round pick in the 2015 draft from the University of Florida.

Lakewood – LHP Tyler Gilbert
About: 22 year old, 6-3, 190 pound LHP from Santa Cruz, California
How Acquired: 6th round pick, 2015 draft (University of Southern California)
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 2 st, 0-1, 9.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R/ER, 3 BB, 10 K
News & Notes: Makes his third start of the year and second first against Hagerstown…Gave up four runs (all in the fifth inning) of his last start on Thursday against Greensboro…Made first start of the year on 4/8 at Lexington and gave up two runs over five innings of work…Went 4-3, 2.79 with Williamsport last year (44/6 K/BB ratio in 42 innings) after being drafted in Round 6 from USC.
Last Appearance: 4/14 vs GBO (L) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Season Highs…IP (5)…Rs (4)…ERs (4)…Ks (6)…BBs (2)

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Game Notes – April 19 vs Greensboro

April 19th, 2016

The BlueClaws send RHP Franklyn Kilome to the mound today at FirstEnergy Park in game two of their series with Hagerstown. First pitch is at 6:35.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:20)

Hello Hagerstown…Hagerstown makes the first of four visits to FirstEnergy Park this year for a three-game series…The Suns lead the season series 4-0, sweeping a three-game set at Municipal Stadium last week…The teams next meet May 16-18 in Hagerstown.

Going, Going…The BlueClaws have hit seven home runs so far, two at FirstEnergy Park (hit by Jose Pujols on Sunday and Monday)…Jiandido Tromp and Pujols each have hit two home runs so far…Tromp hit nine with Lakewood last year while Pujols hit four with Williamsport.

The Jack Rabbit…Zach Coppola (who played for the South Dakota State Jack Rabbits) did not play the first two BlueClaws games this year, but since moving into the lineup in the third game, he is 17-42 with six walks, having reached base in 23 of 48 plate appearances while adding two stolen bases and five RBIs…He leads the BlueClaws with six multi-hit games and is 3rd in the league, hitting .405…Coppola was a 13th round pick last year from South Dakota State and stole 19 bases with Williamsport.

Back to Back For Pujols…Jose Pujols has homered in back to back games, his first two of the season…The last BlueClaw to homere in three straight games was Jim Murphy – May 25-27, 2011…He is 3-7 in his two games since starting the season 6-33…The 20 year old hit four HRs with Williamsport last year and has 17 career home runs since debuting with the GCL Phillies in 2013…He is the Phillies #25 prospect per MLB.com.

Stellar Homestand for Tobias…Josh Tobias is 9-15 on the current homestand and became the first BlueClaw with four hits in a game when he went 4-5 on Opening Night at FirstEnergy Park…He is tied for 3rd with 10 RBIs and 8th in the league at .366 among SAL hitters…Tobias hit .321 in the NY-Penn League with Williamsport last year, finishing third in the league…He was a 10th round pick in the 2015 draft from the University of Florida.

Little Middle…The BlueClaws have scored three runs or less (0-6) or seven runs or more (2-1) in 9 of their 12 games so far.

From Extended to the Clean-Up Spot…C Wilson Garcia began the year on the extended spring trianing roster, but was added to the roster on Friday…Since then, he is 6-16 incluidng a three-hit game on Sunday…He was 21-53 with 5 RBIs last year between Clearwater and Williamsport (this is his first stint with the BlueClaws since signing with the Phillies in 2011).

Down to the Wire…7 of the first 12 BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (1-6) and 9 of the first 12 have been decided by three runs or less (1-8)…In each of their eight losses by three runs or less, the game has ended with the BlueClaws having the tying run no worse than in the batters box, and five times, they have had the tying run on base.

Lakewood – RHP Franklyn Kilome
About: 20 year old, 6-6, 175 pound RHP from La Romana, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2013
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 2 st, 0-2, 14.85 ERA, 6.2 IP, 13 H, 11 R/ER, 8 BB, 3 K
News & Notes: Makes his third start of the year and second against Hagerstown…Was the BlueClaws Opening Day starter in Lexington but gave up five runs in two innings…Allowed six runs in 4.2 innings last time out against Hagerstown on Wednesday…Phillies #7 prospect per Baseball America and #8 prospect per MLB.com…Went 3-2, 3.28 ERA with Williamsport last year.
Last Appearance: 4/13 at HAG (L) – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R/ER, 4 BB, 1 K
Season Highs…IP (4.2)…Rs (6)…ERs (6)…Ks (2)…BBs (4)

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Coppola Wins First NJIT BlueClaws Player of the Week

April 18th, 2016

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BlueClaws OF Zach Coppola has been named the first NJIT BlueClaws Player of the Week for the period of April 7 – 17 after the left-handed hitter went 15-38 with five walks, five RBIs, and two stolen bases.

In the team’s first win of the year, April 10 at Lexington, Coppola drove in runs in the 7th and 9th as the BlueClaws came from 9-7 down to tie the Legends. In Lakewood’s first home series of the year, he went 8-17 against Greensboro with three multi-hit games (he leads the BlueClaws with five so far).

Coppola was a 13th round pick last year from South Dakota State. He played with Williamsport last year and stole 19 bases with the Crosscutters.

2016 Standings
Zach Coppola – 1

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Game Notes – April 15 vs Greensboro

April 15th, 2016

The BlueClaws dropped their home opener last night 7-4 to Greensboro and are back at it tonight at 7:05 in game two of the four-game series with the Marlins affiliate. RHP Shane Watson takes the mound for Lakewood.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:50)

State of the BlueClaws…The BlueClaws are 1-7 to open the year and have lost four straight…Last year, their longest losing streak was five games (they had three five-game losing streaks last year and five in 2014, but none longer since a seven-game losing streak 7/31 – 8/6 vs HAG/WV in 2013).

 

 

Home Cooking For Randolph…Cornelius Randolph’s first at bat at FirstEnergy Park was a two-run double to left-center to put Lakewood up 2-0 in the first inning on Thursday…He ended up going 1-2 with three walks in his first home game as a BlueClaw (the last BlueClaw to draw three walks in a game was Andrew Pullin on 7/5/2014 vs Greensboro).

Four for Tobias…Josh Tobias became the first BlueClaw with four hits in a game when he went 4-5 on Opening Night at FirstEnergy Park…Tobias hit .321 in the NY-Penn League with Williamsport last year, finishing third in the league…He was a 10th round pick in the 2015 draft from the University of Florida.

Five For Five…Deivi Grullon (7-21) has hit safely in all five games in which he has played…He hit eight home runs with the BlueClaws last year, including six in the second half and four in August…He had six games with at least three hits last year and had his first of this year on Opening Night in Lexington.

Zach Attack…Zach Coppola did not play the first two BlueClaws games this year, but since moving into the lineup in the third game, he is 8-25 with ffive walks, having reached base in 13 of 30 plate appearances while adding two stolen bases and 3 RBIs…Coppola was a 13th round pick last year from South Dakota State and stole 19 bases with Williamsport.

Top Tromp Start to 2016…Jiandido Tromp is third in the league with 12 hits and tied for first with 9 RBIs…He is 12-35 to open the season with hits in seven of the eight games, three mutli-hit games, and four mutli-RBI games…Tromp hit nine home runs in the second half last year with the BlueClaws after not homering in the first half.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Down to the Wire…Four of the first eight BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (1-3) and six of the first eight have been decided by three runs or less (1-5)…In both three-run losses, the BlueClaws ended the game with tying run either on base or in the batters box.

Lakewood – RHP Shane Watson
Acquired: Supplemental 1st round pick (40th overall), 2012 draft (Lakewood HS, CA)          Resides: Lakewood, California
Season Notes: Walked four in four innings giving up three runs in season opening loss, 4/9 at LEX…On Opening Day roster
Career Notes: Returned from disabled list in July and made nine starts with Lakewood in 2015, going 1-5, 4.33 ERA (31/18 K/BB in 43.2 IP)…Missed 2014 season with injury…Spent 2013 with BlueClaws, going 4-6, 4.75 over 16 starts before being placed on the disabled list…Ranked as Phillies #18 prospect (Baseball America) following the 2013 season but unranked following 2014 season…Was 40th overall pick in the 2012 draft…Went to same high school (Lakewood HS, CA) as former BlueClaws JP Crawford (Phillies 1st rd pick, 2013) and Travis d’Arnaud (Phillies supplemental 1st rd pick, 2007).
Season Highs…IP (4, 4/9 at LEX)…Rs (3, 4/9 at LEX)…ERs (3, 4/9 at LEX)…Ks (1)…BBs (4, 4/9 at LEX)
Last Three Appearances: 4/9 at LEX (L) – 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 4 BB, 1 K

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Now You Can Rob A Home Run

April 14th, 2016

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RobAHomeRunA new ground rule has gone into effect at FirstEnegy Park this year and it could lead to a play that’s never happened before in a game at this ballpark – robbing a home run.

In the photo on top, you can see the two-leveled wall that has been here (and is still here). From 2001 – 2015, any home run was a ball that cleared both the 8-foot high padded wall and the 4-foot high chain-link fence. You had to clear the yellow line.

The ground rules have changed this year.

That yellow line is gone, and the rule now reads as follows:

The following are home runs (except to picnic area in left-center and tiki bar in right center):

– Any ball that clears the outfield wall on a fly

– Any ball that hits the chain-link fence above the outfield wall on a fly

– Any ball that glances off the padded wall on a fly and into the chain link fence and is wedged between the two, bounces into the field of play, or bounces over the chain link fence.

2) Regarding the elevated walls in left-center field (picnic area) and right-center field (tiki bar), for a ball to be a home run, the ball must clear the entire wall, including the upper chain-link fence. Each area features a set of vertical yellow lines to designate the elevated wall. A ball that hits to the outside of either line is a home run, and a ball that hits to the inside of either line and bounces back on the field is in play.

In the picture on the right, Herlis Rodriguez made a great catch in an August game last year. However, if he didn’t catch the ball, it would have been a ground rule double (if it stayed in the gap between the fence and padded wall) or a live ball (if it bounced back into play).

If that play happens tonight, he would be robbing a home run – and become the first player ever to rob a home run at FirstEnergy Park.

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Game Notes – April 14 vs Greensboro

April 14th, 2016

The BlueClaws have made it home (to a ballpark that can’t, at present – 12:03 pm – answer the telephone), and will open the home schedule tonight at 6:35 against Greensboro (Marlins). LHP Tyler Gilbert is on the mound.

The Home Opener…The BlueClaws will open their 70-game home schedule tonight against Greensboro at 6:35 pm…The BlueClaws are 3-12 all-time in home openers (they started 0-10)…Last year, they beat Kannapolis 2-1 on a walk-off single in the 9th by Carlos Tocci (was also the season opener).

Recent Home Openers (When the BlueClaws Opened on the Road) – 2014 – lost 6-0 to Lucas Giolito and Hagerstown…2012 – 8-1 win over Hagerstown scoring five runs in the first inning…2010 – 3-2 loss to Greensboro.

Slow Starts…The BlueClaws started the 2014 season 2-8 and started the 2013 season at 1-9…They were 0-9 in 2006 before going 84-46 the rest of the way.

Snapped…The BlueClaws had several hitting streaks snapped in the loss on Wednesday at Hagerstown – Jiandido Tromp (six games, 11-28), Emmanuel Marrero (five games, 7-19).

Five For Five…Deivi Grullon (7-21) has hit safely in all five games in which he has played…He hit eight home runs with the BlueClaws last year, including six in the second half and four in August…He had six games with at least three hits last year and had his first of this year on Opening Night in Lexington.

Zach Attack…Zach Coppola did not play the first two BlueClaws games this year, but since moving into the lineup in the third game, he is 7-21 with four walks, having reached base in 11 of 25 plate appearances while adding a stolen base and 3 RBIs…Coppola was a 13th round pick last year from South Dakota State and stole 19 bases with Williamsport.

Tromp It Up…Jiandido Tromp is second in the league with 11 hits…He is 11-31 to open the season with hits in all six of the seven games, three mutli-hit games, and three mutli-RBI games…Tromp hit nine home runs in the second half last year with the BlueClaws after not homering in the first half.

Lakewood – LHP Tyler Gilbert
About: 22 year old, 6-3, 190 pound LHP from Santa Cruz, California
How Acquired: 6th round pick, 2015 draft (University of Southern California)
Season Notes: Gave up two runs in five innings with six strikeouts in season debut, 4/8 at LEX…On Opening Day roster
Career Notes: Began pro career with Williamsport, going 4-3 with a 2.79 ERA (44/6 K/BB in 42 IP)…Struck out six or more and allowed two ER or less in five of his last six starts…Went 5-2, 2.79 with USC in 2015 after spending two seasons with Santa Barbara City College…Had two saves with USC, including one against rival UCLA in a game at Dodger Stadium.
Season Highs…IP (5, 4/8 at LEX)…Rs (2, 4/8 at LEX)…ERs (2, 4/8 at LEX)…Ks (6, 4/8 at LEX)…BBs (2, 4/8 at LEX)
Last Three Appearances: 4/8 at LEX – 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K

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Craft Brew House Beer Rundown – April 14-20

April 13th, 2016

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The BlueClaws Craft Brew House is back for another season and we have the rundown of craft beers that will be available during the first BlueClaws homestand – April 14-20.

Note – These beers are not available for $1 during Thirsty Thursdays and are only available in the Craft Brew House down the right field line.

New Belgium Ranger IPA: Bring out the hops with RANGER IPA! This clear amber INDIA PALE ALE beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas.

Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy: Traveler Grapefruit Shandy is a deceptively delicious wheat beer made with real grapefruit. It delivers a bright and satisfying citrus aroma and flavor, then quickly disappears, leaving you searching for another.

Ommegang Game of Thrones 3-Eyed Raven: Three-Eyed Raven harbors a deep dark brown, almost jet-black color with a light tan head. Yeast forward aromas are packed with peppery phenolics and fruity esters. Despite what you might expect from a dark hued beer, the flavor brings to mind a traditional saison: a light, malty body with a hint of sweetness, and roast accentuated by herbal and spicy hops, yet underpinned by pleasant yeastiness. Finish is crisp, with lingering notes of herbal hops and Belgian yeast

Shiner Bock Prickly Pear: Doubly good in triple digits, unique summer seasonal is made with the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to Shiner, Texas. With a tart, citrusy flavor and a crisp finish, it’s the best use of cactus yet.

Boulevard 80 Acre: With roots in two of today’s most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by their brewers and cellarmen. Their efforts to craft a hybrid yielded a bumper crop of flavor; a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer.

Blue Moon White IPA: For White IPA the brew masters wanted to combine the citrus flavors of an IPA with the smooth, balanced malts of a Belgian white Belgian-Style Wheat Ale. They began by experimenting with hop after hop until they found the perfect combination of four hops, including a rare German hop called Huell Melon. The result is a pronounced citrus and fruity hop taste, perfectly balanced by wheat, coriander, and orange peel. Bringing the best of two styles together to craft an IPA with a unique twist. Hoppy. Unfiltered. Balanced.

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Game Notes – April 13 at Hagerstown

April 13th, 2016

10:35 am game this morning as the BlueClaws look to avoid a sweep at Hagerstown. Franklyn Kilome takes the mound for the BlueClaws.

Game Notes / Listen Live (10:20 am)

Last Game Recap…Hagerstown came from behind with two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth to top the BlueClaws 8-7 on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium, winning the game on an RBI single by Telmito Agustin off Lakewood closer Robert Tasin…The BlueClaws, who scored six runs in the sixth inning, had opened up a 7-3 lead…Jiandido Tromp and Zach Coppola each had three hits in the loss for the BlueClaws.

Welcome to Hagerstown…The BlueClaws (0-2 vs Hagerstown in 2016) are playing their first of three 2016 series in Hagerstown (May 16-18, June 27-29)…Lakewood went 11-9 against Hagerstown last year, 4-4 at Municipal Stadium.

Tomorrow – the Home Opener…The BlueClaws will open their 70-game home schedule on Thursday night against Greensboro at 6:35 pm…The BlueClaws are 3-12 all-time in home openers (they started 0-10)…Last year, they beat Kannapolis 2-1 on a walk-off single in the 9th by Carlos Tocci (was also the season opener).

Avoding a Sweep…The BlueClaws were swept in one series last year – 6/16 – 6/18 (four games) vs Delmarva and need a win today to avoid being swept in this series by Hagerstown.

Six for Six and Other Hitting Streaks…Jiandido Tromp (11-28) has hit safely in all six games…Emmanuel Marrero (7-19) and Deivi Grullon (7-32) have hits in all five games in which they have played.

Zach Attack…Zach Coppola did not play the first two BlueClaws games this year, but since moving into the lineup in the third game, he is 7-17 with four walks, having reached base in 11 of 21 plate appearances while adding a stolen base and 3 RBIs…Coppola was a 13th round pick last year from South Dakota State and stole 19 bases with Williamsport.

Tromp It Up…Jiandido Tromp is second in the league with 11 hits…He is 11-28 to open the season with hits in all six games three mutli-hit games, and three mutli-RBI games…Tromp hit nine home runs in the second half last year with the BlueClaws after not homering in the first half

Down to the Wire…Four of the first six BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (1-3) and five of the first six have been decided by three runs or less (1-4).

Lakewood – RHP Franklyn Kilome
About: 20 year old, 6-6, 175 pound RHP from La Romana, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2013
Season Notes: Gave up five runs on five hits and four walks in two innings of opener, 4/7 at LEX…On Opening Day roster
Career Notes: Ranked #7 among Phillies prospects by Baseball America (second highest on team’s Opening Day roster behind Cornelius Randolph, #6)…Spent 2015 with Williamsport, going 3-2 with a 3.28 ERA (36/21 K/BB in 49.1 IP)…Made pro debut with the 2014 GCL Phillies, going 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 11 games.
Season Highs…IP (2)…Rs (5, 4/7 at LEX)…ERs (5, 4/7 at LEX)…Ks (2, 4/7 at LEX)…BBs (4, 4/7 at LEX)
Last Three Appearances: 4/7 at LEX (L) – 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 K

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Game Notes – April 12 at Hagerstown

April 12th, 2016

After a tough 4-3 loss last night, the BlueClaws are in Hagerstown for game two of their three game series with the Suns (Nationals). 6:05 first pitch today and 10:35 am first pitch in the series finale tomorrow.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 5:50)

Last Game Recap…The BlueClaws left the bases loaded in the ninth inning, with Josh Tobias popping out to third base to end a 4-3 loss to Hagerstown on Monday night…The Suns took the lead with a two-run double by Rhett Wiseman in a three-run third inning…Jiandido Tromp homered for Lakewood in the loss.

Welcome to Hagerstown…The BlueClaws (0-1 vs Hagerstown in 2016) are playing their first of three 2016 series in Hagerstown (May 16-18, June 27-29)…Lakewood went 11-9 against Hagerstown last year, 4-4 at Municipal Stadium.

Five For Five…Emmanuel Marrero (7-19) and Jiandido Tromp (8-23) are the two BlueClaws with hits in all five games so far this season…Deivi Grullon (6-17) has hits in all four games in which he has played.

Tromp It Up…Jiandido Tromp is the first South Atlantic League player with two home runs (Sunday and Monday)…He is 8-23 to open the season with hits in all five games and two multi-hit games…Tromp hit nine home runs in the second half last year with the BlueClaws after not homering in the first half.

Down to the Wire…Three of the first five BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (1-2) and four of the first five have been decided by three runs or less (1-3).

Lakewood – RHP Mitch Gueller
About: 22 year old, 6-3, 210 pound RHP from Rochester, Washington
How Acquired: Supplemental first-round pick (52nd overall), 2012 draft
Stats: 2015 (WPT) – 12 st, 10-1, 2.23 ERA, 68.2 IP, 57 H, 23 BB, 44 K
News & Notes: Spent last three years with Williamsport…Last year, went 10-1 with a 2.23 ERA (44/23 K/BB in 68.2 IP)…Led the NY-Penn League in wins and tied for first in ERA…Selected as a NY-Penn League All-Star (South Division’s starting pitcher)…Was also a NY-Penn League All-Star with Williamsport in 2014 (5-5, 4.69 ERA)…Committed to Washington State before signing with the Phillies in 2012.

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Game Notes – April 11 at Hagerstown

April 11th, 2016

Welcome to Hagerstown, Maryland where tonight the BlueClaws open a three-game series against the Suns before returning home Thursday for the home opener against Greensboro. Note the early start times today and tomorrow at 6:05. Wednesday’s series finale is a 10:35 am start.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 5:50)

Last Game Recap…A Samuel Hiciano safety squeeze put the BlueClaws ahead 10-9 in a Sunday win over Lexington…The BlueClaws, who led 5-0, trailed 9-7 going into the seventh, but got one there and in the ninth, both on Zach Coppola RBI hits, to force extra innings…Alejandro Arteaga threw 3.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win…Robert Tasin earned his first save…Jiandido Tromp homered.

Welcome to Hagerstown…The BlueClaws are playing their first of three 2016 series in Hagerstown (May 16-18, June 27-29)…Lakewood went 11-9 against Hagerstown last year, 4-4 at Municipal Stadium.

Four For Four…Emmanuel Marrero (6-15) and Jiandido Tromp (6-19) are the two BlueClaws with hits in all four games so far this season…Deivi Grullon (5-13) has hits in all three games in which he has played.

Hit Parade…The BlueClaws pounded out 15 hits in the win Sunday in Lexington, including three apiece by Zach Coppola, Jiandido Tromp, and Josh Tobias…Coppola led off Saturday and Sunday after not playing the first two days and is 4-10 so far.

Grullon Back With a Bang…Deivi Grullon returns to Lakewood and started his season with a 5-13 with a home run and a walk…He hit eight home runs with the BlueClaws last year, including six in the second half and four in August…He had six games with at least three hits last year and had his first of this year on Opening Night in Lexington.

Walk This Way…BlueClaws pitchers have issued 25 walks through four games, three more than any other team in the league…They have games in which they’ve walked nine and eight opposing hitters in games so far this season – their single-game high last year was just seven (6/17 vs Delmarva).

Going, Going…The BlueClaws have hit four home runs in their first four games – one each by Jiandido Tromp (nine last year with Lakewood), Deivi Grullon (eight last year with Lakewood), Damek Tomscha.

Lakewood – RHP Harold Arauz
About: 20 year old, 6-2, 185 pound RHP from Chiriqui, Panama
How Acquired: Trade with Houston (Giles), 12/2015
Stats: 2015 (TRI) – 15 g/10 st, 0-5, 5.75 ERA, 51.2 IP, 72 H, 18 BB, 52 K
News & Notes: Spent 2015 with Tri-City in NY-Penn League (Astros), going 0-5 with a 5.75 ERA (52/18 K/BB over 51.2 IP)…Traded to the Phillies in the December trade that sent Ken Giles to Houston…Split 2014 between the GCL Astros and Greenville in the Appalachian League…Began career with the DSL Astros in 2012.

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How to Distribute a Research Report

April 11th, 2016

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Game Notes: April 10 at Lexington

April 10th, 2016

The BlueClaws look for their first win of the season this afternoon (2:05) in Lexington against the Legends. It’s the last game here and the BlueClaws open a three-game series tomorrow in Hagerstown.

Game Notes / Listen Live

Last Game Recap…Lexington scored five times in the fifth inning to blow open a one-run game and the Legends went on to top the BlueClaws 11-3 on Saturday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark…Ben Johnson was 3-4 with 4 RBIs while Samir Duenez was 3-4 with two runs scored…Yunior Marte gave up one run over 4.2 innings of relief to earn the win.

Slow Start…The BlueClaws are 0-3 to start the season for the first time since 2006, when they started 0-9…In that season, the BlueClaws lost the first four games of the season in Lexington (though the Legends were then an Astros affiliate, not a Royals affiliate)…The BlueClaws need a win today to avoid being swept in the series – they were swept in just one series last year, a four-game series against Delmarva from June 16-18.

Grullon Back With a Bang…Deivi Grullon returns to Lakewood and started his season with a 4-7 with a home run and a walk…He hit eight home runs with the BlueClaws last year, including six in the second half and four in August…He had six games with at least three hits last year and had his first of this year on Opening Night in Lexington.

Walk This Way…BlueClaws pitchers have issued 21 walks through three games, five more than any other team in the league…They have games in which they’ve walked nine and eight opposing hitters in games so far this season – their single-game high last year was just seven (6/17 vs Delmarva).

Going, Going…The BlueClaws have hit three home runs in their first three games – one each by Deivi Grullon (eight last year with Lakewood), Damek Tomscha (eight last year with Lakewood) and Josh Tobias (four last year with Williamsport).

Lakewood – RHP Luke Leftwich
About: 21 year old, 6-3, 205 pound RHP from Phoenix, Arizona
How Acquired: 7th round pick, 2015 draft (Wofford)
Stats: 2015 (WPT) – 11 g/9 st, 2-2, 2.76 ERA, 45.2 IP, 52 H, 13 BB, 34 K
News & Notes: Makes his first start of the year after pitching last year with Williamsport…Made pro debut with Williamsport, going 2-2 with a 2.76 ERA (34/13 K/BB in 45.2 IP)…Allowed three ER or fewer in all nine of his starts…His father, Phil (Angels, 1993-1996), and grandfather, Tom Timmerman (Tigers, 1969-1972 and Indians, 1973-1974), both pitched in the Major Leagues…Went to the same high school (Phoenix’s Desert Vista) as 2014-2015 BlueClaws RHP Tyler Viza.

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Game Notes: April 9 at Lexington

April 9th, 2016

The BlueClaws have dropped the first two games of the season in Lexington, 7-4 and 5-4. They’re back at it tonight at 6:35 looking or their first win of the very young season.

Game Notes / Listen Live

Grullon Back With a Bang…Deivi Grullon returns to Lakewood and started his season with a 4-7 with a home run and a walk…He hit eight home runs with the BlueClaws last year, including six in the second half and four in August…He had six games with at least three hits last year and had his first of this year on Opening Night in Lexington.

Going, Going…The BlueClaws have hit three home runs in their first two games – one each by Deivi Grullon (eight last year with Lakewood), Damek Tomscha (eight last year with Lakewood) and Josh Tobias (four last year with Williamsport).

Transaction…Damek Tomscha, who homered on Friday, was promoted to Clearwater on Saturday…OF Samuel Hiciano joins the BlueClaws from extended spring training…Hiciano missed all of last year (ankle) and hit .255 with 9 HRs and 36 RBIs as a BlueClaw in 2015, playing in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

On the Opener…The BlueClaws dropped their opener Thursday night, 7-4 in Lexington…The game took 3:20, just three minutes shorter than their longest nine-inning game last year (5/16 at Kannapolis)…The BlueClaws walked nine hitters, two more than their most last year (seven on 6/17 vs Delmarva)…The game-time temperature of 38 degrees was one degree lower than Opening Day in Lakewood last year.

Walk This Way…The BlueClaws have drawn nine walks in two games, four by Damek Tomscha, who drew 39 with the BlueClaws last year…The BlueClaws have issued 13 walks, including nine on Thursday, two more than they walked in any game last year.

Lakewood – RHP Shane Watson
About: 22 year old, 6-4, 200 pound RHP from Lakewood, California
How Acquired: Supplemental first-round pick (40th overall), 2012 draft (Lakewood High School)
Stats: 2015 (LAK) – 9 st, 1-5, 4.33 ERA, 43.2 IP, 53 H, 18 BB, 31 K
News & Notes: Makes first start of the year…Returned from disabled list in July and made nine starts with Lakewood in 2015, going 1-5, 4.33 ERA (31/18 K/BB in 43.2 IP)…Missed 2014 season with injury…Spent 2013 with BlueClaws, going 4-6, 4.75 over 16 starts before being placed on the disabled list…Went to Lakewood High School in Lakewood, CA where he was a teammate of 2013-14 BlueClaws SS and top Phillies prospect JP Crawford.

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