Phillies Minor League Review

June 3rd, 2014

Courtesy of the Phillies…

Players of the Week 

Pitcher – RHP, Tyler Knigge, Reading … 1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 3.0 IP), 0 BB, 1 H, 4 SO … Knigge earns Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week honors for the 1st time in his career … Knigge has not allowed an earned run in his last 21 innings pitched.  During that span Knigge has allowed just 14H and 4BB while striking out 14.  Knigge’s streak earned him a promotion to Lehigh Valley on Sunday … The 6-foot-4 Oregon native was signed in the 12th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Lewis & Clark State College.

Player – OF, Leandro Castro, Lehigh Valley … 8 G … Batted .345 (10-29), .387 OBP, .448 SLG %, 4 R, 3 2B, 2 BB 2SB … Castro is honored as Phillies Minor League Player of the week for the 1st time in his professional career … Having hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games played going into tonight, Castro is batting .298 (20-67) in that span … The Dominican Republic native was signed as a non-drafted free agent on March 7, 2007.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 29-28, 5th place… 4-4 for the week … INF Ronny Cedeno hit .400 (8-20) HR, 2b, 4 RBI and has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games and hitting .381 during that time … OF Leandro Castro hit .345 (10-29) 3 2B, 2 SB … UTL Tyler Henson hit .310 (9-29) HR, 2B … Henson has hit safely in 9 of his last 12 games, Henson leads the pigs with 12 2B’s this year … OF Tyson Gillies, C Cameron Rupp, and 1b Jim Murphy all added HR’s for the pigs this week … LHP Cesar Jimenez threw 2 scoreless innings before being promoted to Philadelphia this week, he extended his scoreless innings streak to 15 innings … RHP Philippe Aumont was also called up to the big leagues after tossing 3 scoreless innings this week in Lehigh … Aumont struck of 4 and allowed just 1 hit … RHP Chris Bootcheck picked up a win in his only start going 7 innings allowing just 1 run … RHP Ethan Martin threw 3 scoreless innings this week – Martin has a 1.69 ERA over his first 8 appearances in AAA … RHP Ken Giles was 2 for 2 in save opportunities this week – Giles now has 4 saves on the year for LV.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division … 29-25, 3rd place … 1-6 for the week … OF Cam Perkins hit .389 (7-18) on the week with a HR and 2 2B – Perkins is hitting .342 with 19 2B and 3 HR on the season – Perkins’ 19 2B’s leads the eastern league and his .342 AVG ranks 4th … 2b/OF Albert Cartwright and 2b Carlos Alonso both added HR for Reading this week … RHP Colton Murray threw 3.2 scoreless innings allowing just 1 hit and striking out 4 – since being promoted to reading Murray has not allowed an earned run over his first 12 IP … RHP Tyler Knigge threw 3 scoreless innings and picked up a win in his only appearance for reading this week – Knigge has not allowed an earned run over his last 21 IP, … RHP Ryan O’Sullivan allowed just 1 run over 6.2 relief innings, he has allowed just 2 ER over his last 20 innings (0.90 era) … LHP Jesse Biddle made 1 start on the week allowing 2 ER over 6.2 innings.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… 12-43, 6th place… 2-4 for the week … 1b Art Charles hit his team leading 13th double and also hit his 3rd home run of the season … C Andrew Knapp hit his first HR of the year … INF KC Serna had 7 hits on the week including 2 2B’s … LHP Adam Loewen made one start allowing just 1 ER over 4.2 innings … RHP Lee Ridenhour allowed just 1 hit and struck out 6 over 4.2 scoreless innings out of the pen … RHP Jordan Guth picked up a win and a save in 3 relief outings this week, the save was Guth’s 4th on the season.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division – 20-34, 6th place … 1-6 for the week … C/1b Willians Astudillo led the claws with 8 hits on the week including 2 2B’s – Astudillo leads the team with a .341 batting average and only has 9 strikeouts in 182 AB’s … OF Sam Hiciano had 6 hits including his 6th HR of the season … SS JP Crawford had 4 hits and 3BB’s on the week – Crawford is hitting .322 on the year with 27BB and 28K … RHP Jon Prosinski picked up a win in his only start this week – Prosinski did not allow an earned run over 6 IP … RHP Julio Reyes threw 3.1 scoreless innings out of the pen , allowing just 1 hit … LHP Cody Forsythe picked up his 8th save of the year – Forsythe did not allow a run over 3 appearances this week.

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Leiter Back Home; 1:05 First Pitch

June 1st, 2014

The BlueClaws and Delmarva finish their series today at 1:05 as Mark Leiter Jr. makes his first home start since April 26th.

Game Notes / Listen Live

Last GameMitch Horacek threw six scoreless innings and Trey Mancini added three RBIs as Delmarva blanked the BlueClaws 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at FirstEnergy Park…Conner Bierfeldt homered in the win for the Shorebirds, who have taken the first three games in the current series with Lakewood…Willians Astudillo had two of Lakewood’s five hits.

Quick-Hitters…The BlueClaws sit at 13 games under .500, their low water mark for the year, which would drop to 14 with a loss today…A loss would be Lakewood’s fourth straight defeat and their sixth losing streak of at least four games this year…A loss would mean the BlueClaws get swept in the series – they have been swept in four series this year, the last being a two-game set on 5/7 and 5/8 vs Kannapolis (the third and final game was called due to fog in the fourth inning and will not be made up).

Beach Battle…The BlueClaws and Shorebirds meet in a four-game series this week in Lakewood (Delmarva took three of four from the BlueClaws in Salisbury May 10-13)…Between May 29th and the end of the season, the 23 of the last 90 BlueClaws games this season will be against Delmarva…The BlueClaws went 61-32 against Delmarva from 2010-2013 but are 1-6 so far this year.

15 Strong…Willians Astudillo is 20-61 over his current 15-game hitting streak (though his average has gone down from .349 to .343 (he had a 12-game hitting streak earlier in the year)…JP Crawford has a 13-game hitting streak this year…Jiandido Tromp had an 11-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday…The longest hitting streak in the league this year is 22 by Asheville’s Pat Valaika.

Blanks…The BlueClaws have not scored more than three runs in a game since their 7-0 win over West Virginia on May 24th…In those seven games, they have scored a total of 10 runs and are hitting .189 as a team (42-222).

Bagel Streak…The BlueClaws enter today on a 17 inning scoreless streak (since the first inning on Friday night)…Their season long scoreless stretch is 19, done earlier this week (5/25 – 5/27 at WV/GBO)…Lakewood had a 25 inning scoreless streak last year.

Swingin’ Sammy…Since April 25th, Samuel Hiciano is 34-107 (.318) with 6 home runs and 17 RBIs…He hit his sixth home run on Tuesday at Greensboro and had three in the recent road trip…He was hitting .224 prior to the current stretch…The 20 year old hit 7 HRs with Williamsport last year.

Going, Going…Lakewood has hit 32 home runs this year (11 at home, 23 solo shots)…Lakewood is more than half-way to the 49 home runs they hit in 2013 (led by Art Charles’ 11), though they have not homered since Samuel Hiciano on Tuesday in Greensboro…Hiciano hit three on the recent trip…Dylan Cozens had the BlueClaws first multi-home run game on May 23rd at West Virginia.

Lakewood – Mark Leiter Jr.

About: 23 year old, 6-0, 195 pound RHP from Forked River, New Jersey
How Acquired: 22nd round pick, 2013 draft from New Jersey Institute of Technology
Stats: 11 st – 4-4, 4.68 ERA, 57.2 IP, 61 H, 15 BB, 54 K…2013 (GCL/CLR/LAK) – 4-0, 1.20 ERA, 45 IP, 34 H, 13 BB, 50 K
Notes: Makes his 12th start of the year and second against Delmarva (allowed four runs in 5.2 innings in Salisbury on 5/11)…Gave up four runs in six innings on Tuesday at Greensboro in his most recent start…Went 3-1, 1.97 ERA in April but 1-3, 8.06 in May, including a start in Asheville on 5/2 when he allowed six runs in 1/3 of an inning…Today is first home start since 4/26 when he threw eight scoreless innings to beat Savannah…Threw 16 shutout innings with Lakewood last year…Went to Toms River High School North, 6.3 miles away.
Season Highs…IP (8, 4/26 vs SAV)…Rs (6, 5/2 at ASH)…ERs (6, 5/2 at ASH)…Ks (8, 4/14 vs GBO)…BBs (3, 5/22 at WV)
Last Three Appearances…5/27 at GBO (L): 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 K…5/22 at WV: 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R/4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K…5/16 at HAG (W): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K

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Checking In With Andy Abad

May 31st, 2014

An interview with Phillies OF/Baserunning Coordinator Andy Abad before Saturday’s game. He talks about developing the young outfielders, honing their baserunning craft, and teaching agression.

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Viza Takes Hill For ‘Claws Today, 4:05

May 31st, 2014

The BlueClaws continue their 8-game homestand (including two on Tuesday) with a 4:05 game today against Delmarva. Lakewood has dropped the first two games of the series including a 13-1 setback last night.

Game Notes / Listen Live

With a Win…The BlueClaws need a win to avoid falling to 13 games under .500, which would be a season-high…A loss would be their third straight, and mark the seventh losing streak of at least three games for the BlueClaws.

Welcome Home…After playing 21 of 27 games away from home (they went 13-14), the BlueClaws are in the midst of a stretch in which they will play 19 home games in 25 days (they are 0-2 in the current stretch)…15 of Lakewood’s last 19 games (0-2) in the first half will take place at FirstEnergy Park, where they are 8-13 this year.

Beach Battle…The BlueClaws and Shorebirds meet in a four-game series this week in Lakewood (Delmarva took three of four from the BlueClaws in Salisbury May 10-13)…Between May 29th and the end of the season, the 23 of the last 90 BlueClaws games this season will be against Delmarva…The BlueClaws went 61-32 against Delmarva from 2010-2013 but are 1-5 so far this year.

14 Strong…Willians Astudillo is 19-57 over his current 14-game hitting streak (though his average has gone down from .349 to .339…he had a 12-game hitting streak earlier in the year)…JP Crawford also has a 13-game hitting streak this year…Jiandido Tromp had an 11-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday…The longest hitting streak in the league this year is 22 by Asheville’s Pat Valaika.

Quiet Bats…The BlueClaws have not scored more than three runs in a game since their 7-0 win over West Virginia last Saturday…In those six games, they have score 10 runs and are hitting .195 as a team (37-190)…They also had a 19-inning scoreless stretch that ended Tuesday in Greensboro.

Lakewood – Tyler Viza

About: 19 year old, 6-3, 170 pound RHP from Phoenix, Arizona
How Acquired: 32nd round pick, 2013 draft
Stats: 9 st – 2-5, 3.88 ERA, 51 IP, 59 H, 7 BB, 29 K…2013 (GCL): 1-0, 1.41 ERA, 32 IP, 21 H, 10 BB, 20 K
Notes: Makes his 10th start and first against Delmarva…Gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings last time out against Greensboro on Memorial Day, taking the loss…Has dropped three straight starts but has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of those three starts (and has allowed three earned runs or less in all but one start)…Has two outings of seven innings so far this year…Committed to the University of Utah before signing with the Phillies.
Season Highs…IP (7, 2x last 5/14 at HAG)…Rs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…ERs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…Ks (3, 4/4 at SAV)…BBs (2, 4/4 at SAV)
Last Three Appearances: 5/23 at GBO (L): 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K…5/19 vs ROM (L): 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R/2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K…5/14 at HAG (L): 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R/3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

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Casimiro Squares Off Against First-Rounder Harvey

May 30th, 2014

The BlueClaws and Delmarva meet tonight at FirstEnergy Park at 7:05 with a good pitching match-up on tap: BlueClaws RHP Ranfi Casimiro, who has allowed two earned runs in his last three starts (17 innings) against Orioles 2013 first-round pick Hunter Harvey, who beat the BlueClaws on May 13th in Salisbury.

Game Notes / Listen Live

Welcome Home…After playing 21 of 27 games away from home (they went 13-14), the BlueClaws are in the midst of a stretch in which they will play 19 home games in 25 days (they are 0-1 in the current stretch)…15 of Lakewood’s last 19 games (0-1) in the first half will take place at FirstEnergy Park, where they are 8-13 this year.

Beach Battle…The BlueClaws and Shorebirds meet in a four-game series this week in Lakewood (Delmarva leads the season series 4-1)…Between May 29th and the end of the season, the 23 of the last 90 BlueClaws games this season will be against Delmarva.

Baker’s Dozen…Willians Astudillo is 18-54 over his current 13-game hitting streak (though his average has gone down from .349 to .338…he had a 12-game hitting streak earlier in the year)…JP Crawford also has a 13-game hitting streak this year…Jiandido Tromp had an 11-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday…The longest hitting streak in the league this year is 22 by Asheville’s Pat Valaika.

BlueClaws 4-5 (or 3-4)…Willians Astudillo and JP Crawford are 4-5 in the league in hitting (Astudillo at .339 and Crawford at .335) through league leader Pat Valaika of Asheville has since been promoted to Hi-A Modesto, so the BlueClaws duo are 3-4 among active SAL players, trailing Greenville’s Jantzen Witte who is hitting .350 and Savannah’s Jeff McNeil who is hitting .343.

Quiet Bats…The BlueClaws have not scored more than three runs in a game since their 7-0 win over West Virginia on Saturday…In those five games, they have score nine runs and are hitting .210 as a team (34-162)…They also had a 19-inning scoreless stretch that ended Tuesday in Greensboro.

Lakewood – Ranfi Casimiro

About: 21 year old, 6-8, 200 pound RHP from Santiago, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2011
Stats: 9 st – 2-4, 5.40 ERA, 41.2 IP, 45 H, 18 BB, 26 K…2013 (GCL) – 2-6, 5.21 ERA, 48.1 IP, 66 H, 15 BB, 30 K
Notes: Makes his 10th start and 2nd against Delmarva (1 ER in 6 IP on 5/13)…Had an 8.36 ERA in his first 6 starts of the year but has allowed two earned runs in 17 innings over his last three starts with 13 strikeouts…Fanned a career-high eight at Delmarva on May 13th…Has allowed three runs/two earned in last three starts after not allowing less than three runs in his first six…Spent the two previous season with the GCL Phillies before joining Lakewood this year.
Season Highs…IP (6, 2x last 5/18 vs ROM)…Rs (9, 4/18 at HAG)…ERs (5, 4/18 at HAG)…Ks (8, 5/18 vs ROM)…BBs (4, 4/18 at HAG)
Last Three Appearances: 5/25 at WV: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K…5/18 vs ROM (W): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 8 K…5/13 at DEL: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K

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Prosinski Makes ’14 Claws Debut in Greensboro

May 28th, 2014

Jon Prosinski joined the BlueClaws from Clearwater on Tuesday and he will make the start today for the BlueClaws in Greensboro at 12:30 in the final game of this BlueClaws road trip.

Game Notes / Listen Live

Heading Home…After today’s game, the BlueClaws will return home and play 15 of their final 19 first-half games at FirstEnergy Park (and the first four games of the second half, so 19 of their next 23 games will be at home spanning both halves)…Since April 28th, the BlueClaws have played six home games (seven scheduled but one was ‘fogged out’)…The BlueClaws are 8-12 at home this year and 11-18 on the road.

Even Steven…After losing a double-header on April 25th to Savannah, the BlueClaws had lost eight of nine and dropped to 5-16 on the season…Since then, they are an even 14-14 over their last 28 games.

Transaction…RHP Jon Prosinski, who went 2-2, 3.13 in eight starts with the BlueClaws last year, has joined the BlueClaws from Clearwater and will start today’s game…Prosinski, from Seton Hall, was 0-4, 6.56 with the Threshers…He takes the roster spot of Alejandro Arteaga, who was 3-6, 9.23 over nine starts and was transferred to extended spring training.

BlueClaws 2-3 (or 1-2)…JP Crawford and Willians Astudillo are 2-3 in the league in hitting (each at .344) through league leader Pat Valaika of Asheville has since been promoted to Hi-A Modesto, so the BlueClaws duo are 1-2 among active SAL players.

Swingin’ Sammy…Since April 25th, Samuel Hiciano is 32-85 (.337) with 6 home runs and 17 RBIs…He hit his sixth home run on Tuesday at Greensboro…He had home runs on both Friday and Saturday in West Virginia and three hits in each of those two games…He was hitting .224 prior to the current stretch…The 20 year old hit 7 HRs with Williamsport last year.

Blanks…The BlueClaws snapped a season-long 19-game scoreless stretch with a run in the third inning on Tuesday night…In their last three games, they have scored a total of four runs and are hitting .222 as a team (22-99) having drawn two walks.

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Rios Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week

May 27th, 2014

From the Phillies, the weekly minor league review:

Players of the Week

Pitcher – RHP, Yacksel Rios, Lakewood … 3 G, 1-0, 1.13 ERA (1 ER, 8.0 IP), 3 BB, 4 H, 8 SO … Rios earns Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week honors for the 2nd time in his career (other: 8/12-18/13) … Rios made 3 relief appearances and picked up his 1st win of the season, 5/22 at West Virginia … A 2011 graduate of Dra Conchita Cuevas High School in Puerto Rico, the 6-foot-3 right hander was selected by the Phillies in the 12th round of the June 2011 draft and signed by Alan Marr.

Player – 2B, Albert Cartwright, Reading … 7 G … Batted .379 (11-29), .471 OBP, .517 SLG %, 7 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB … Cartwright is honored as Phillies Minor League Player of the week for the 1st time in his professional career … Having hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games played going into tonight, Cartwright is batting .300 (12-40) in that span … On 5/21 vs New Hampshire, Cartwright reached safely in each of his 5 plate appearances (2 H, 3 BB, 3 R) … Originally selected by Houston in the 36th round of the June 2007 draft, the 26-year-old was acquired on 1/10/11 for LHP Sergio Escalona.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 25-24, 4th place… 2-4 for the week … INF Ronny Cedeno had his 11-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, but managed to hit .389 (7-18), 3 2B, 2 RBI … OF Steve Susdorf batted .300 (6-20) and is hitting .349 since 4/15 … OF Leandro Castro hit .292 (7-24), 2 HR and is riding an active 7-game hitting streak … 3B/1B Maikel Franco belted his 4th HR of the year and is hitting .301 during the month of May … 1B Jim Murphy, C Cameron Rupp and 1B/OF Darin Ruf each hit HR for LV … LHP Cesar Jimenez tossed another 3.0 scoreless innings and has extended his scoreless streak to 13.0 innings … RHP Ken Gilesconverted each of his 2 save opportunities as he tossed 4.0 scoreless innings allowing only 1 hit over 2 appearances …RHP Phillippe Aumont struck out 4 over 3.1 scoreless innings in relief as he allowed just 1 hit … RHP Chris Bootcheck made his 1st start for LV this season and picked up the win after tossing 5.0 scoreless innings … Last week’s POTW RHP Barry Enright picked up LV’s other win as he allowed 2 ER over 5.0 innings, 5/20 at Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division… 28-19, 2nd place… 7-1 for the week … INF/OF Albert Cartwright hit .379 (11-29), 2B, HR, 3 SB and scored a team-best 7 R over his 7 games played … SS Edgar Duran hit .321 (9-28) and belted his first HR of the year … OF Cam Perkins hit .290 (9-31), 3 2B, 4 BB … Perkins is tied for the Eastern League lead with 17 2B this season …OF Aaron Altherr1B Brock Stassi and C Sebastian Valleall hit HR … RHP Tyler Knigge made 4 scoreless appearances and picked up 2 saves over 6.0 innings in relief … RHP Ryan O’Sullivan allowed 2 hits over 4.2 scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts … RHP Hector Neris allowed just 2 hits over 6.2 innings in relief … Neris has held opposing batters to a .188 average in his 11 games (19.1 IP) with Reading this season … RHP Colton Murray did not allow an ER over 6.1 innings in relief, walking just 1 with 6 SO …RHP Nefi Ogando picked up 2 SV … RHP Ryan Demmin made 2 starts and allowed 1 ER over 10.0 innings … RHP Perci Garner allowed 3 ER in 12.0 IP (2.25 ERA) as he went 1-0 in over 2 starts … LHP Hoby Milner made 1 start and tossed 6.1 scoreless innings … The Reading pitching staff combined to allow 17 ER in 78.0 IP (1.96 ERA) as they went 7-1 as a team.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… 10-39, 6th place… 1-8 for the week … 1B Art Charles hit .310 (9-29), 2 2B, HR, 4 BB … Charles leads the Threshers 12 2B this season … OF Peter Lavin batted .375 (12-32), 2 2B, HR … INF KC Serna hit .353 (12-34), 3 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 7 R … SS Roman Quinn was activated off the DL and hit .286 (6-21), 3 SB in his first week back … RHP Jordan Guth appeared in 2 games and picked up his 3rd save of the season while only allowing 1 hit over 3.0 innings out of the bullpen … RHP Daniel Childtossed 4.1 scoreless innings in relief … RHP Miguel Nunez allowed 1 ER over 4.2 innings of relief with 6 SO … RHP Ramon Oviedo tossed 1.2 scoreless innings.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division – 19-28, 6th place… 3-3 for the week … SS J.P. Crawford hit .455 (10-22), 2 2B, 4 BB … Crawford’s .346 batting average ranks 3rd in the South Atlantic League …C/1B Willians Astudillo hit .321 (9-29) and ranks 2nd in the SAL with a .348 batting average … OF Samuel Hicianohit .350 (7-20), 2 HR … Hiciano has 5 HR this season … OF Dylan Cozens belted 3 HR increasing his team-leading total to 7 HR this season … 2B Andrew Pullin batted .333 (8-24), 2 HR, 3 BB … C Deivi Grullon hit .385 over 5 games played … 3B Mitch Walding hit his first HR of the season … RHP Drew Anderson picked up the win in his only start going 6.0 scoreless innings with 7 SO … RHP Yacksel Rios allowed just 1 ER over 8.0 innings as he struck out 8 batters in 3 appearances … RHP Julio Reyes made 2 appearances (1 start) and allowed only 2 hits with 7 strikeouts over 7.0 scoreless innings … RHP Ranfi Casimiro allowed 1 unearned run over 5.0 innings in his only start … LHP Cody Forsythe picked up a win and his 7th SV in his 2 appearances.

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Cozens, Claws in WV Tonight

May 24th, 2014

Dylan Cozens hit two home runs last night in West Virginia, his first professional 2-home run game and third home run of the week after he hit a walk-off blast to beat Rome on Tuesday night. The teams continue their series tonight at 7:05 at Appalachian Power Park.

Game Notes / Listen Live

Last Seven Games…Beginning with the second game of the double-header on 5/16 at Hagerstown, the BlueClaws are 5-2 having scored 45 runs and are hitting .331 as a team (81-245).

May > April…After hitting .242 in April when they scored 3.7 runs per game, the BlueClaws are hitting .276 in May averaging 4.6 runs per game…JP Crawford is hitting .422 and Wilmer Oberto is hitting .308 this month…Dylan Cozens (5), Samuel Hiciano (4), and Andrew Pullin (4) have combined for 13 home runs this month.

Cozens Party…Dylan Cozens hit a pair of home runs on Friday night – his 6th and 7th of the season…It was the first 2 HR game by a BlueClaw since Justin Dalles hit two on 6/6/13 vs Hickory…Cozens has now homered three times this week (he hit a walk-off home run on Tuesday night to beat Rome) and 21 times in his career. 

Going Going…Lakewood has hit five home runs (including two each by Dylan Cozens and Samuel Hiciano) in the first two days of the current trip…The BlueClaws have now hit 27 home runs so far this year (11 at home)…19 of Lakewood’s 27 home runs have been solo shots…The BlueClaws hit five home runs on May 4th at Asheville, which tied their franchise record previously set in 2004 at Lexington.

He’s Back…JP Crawford, the 16th overall pick in last year’s draft, is 8-17 since missing five games with a finger injury…He is hitting .345, 4th in the South Atlantic League…Since starting the season 8-35, Crawford is hitting .381 (43/113)…He has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games and had a 13-game hitting streak snapped on May 11th at Delmarva…He led the GCL at .345 last year…Crawford is the 7th first-round pick to play for the BlueClaws.

Swingin’ Sammy…Samuel Hiciano homered on both Thursday and Friday, the second time he’s homered in back to back games this year (5/3 and 5/4 at Asheville)…The last BlueClaw to homer in three straight games was Jim Murphy in 2011…Since April 25th, Hiciano is 26-80 (.325) with 5 home runs and 15 RBIs…The 20 year old hit 7 HRs with Williamsport last year.

Lakewood – Drew Anderson

About: 20 year old, 6-3, 185 pound RHP from Reno, Nevada
How Acquired: 21st round pick, 2012 draft from Galena High School, Reno
Stats: 5 st – 2-3, 4.10 ERA, 26.1 IP, 29 H, 9 BB, 30 K…2013 (WPT) – 6-3, 2.00 ERA, 76.1 IP, 58 H, 20 BB, 54 K
Notes: Makes 6th start of the year and first against West Virginia…Last time out, gave up one run on five hits over six innings against Rome on Saturday, earning his 2nd win…Has allowed two runs over 12 innings in his last two starts (1-1), with 13 strikeouts…Joined the BlueClaws on 4/24 from extended spring training…Last year, went 6-3, 2.00 (2nd best ERA in NYPL) with Williamsport…Went to same high school (Galena) as 2012-13 BlueClaws outfielder Brian Pointer.
Season Highs…IP (6, 2x last 5/17 vs ROM)…Rs (8, 5/7 vs KAN)…ERs (5, 5/7 vs KAN)…Ks (7, 2x last 5/17 vs ROM)…BBs (3, 5/17 vs ROM)
Last Three Appearances…5/17 vs ROM (W): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 K…5/12 at DEL (L): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K…5/7 vs KAN (L): 3.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R/5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

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Claws Go For Third Straight

May 18th, 2014

The BlueClaws look for their 3rd straight win today at 1:05 when they take on the Rome Braves. Drew Anderson fanned a career high seven in allowing one run over six innings in a 3-1 series opening win on Saturday afternoon.

Game Notes / Listen Live

From Rome to Lakewood…The Rome Braves are in town for a four-game series, the only four meetings between the teams this year…Rome enters having lost two of three against Greensboro…After going 8-18 in April, they are 5-10 in May…The teams played seven times last year, with Lakewood sweeping a three-game series here (including a three-man no-hitter on July 11th [Jeb Stefan, Ramon Oviedo, Chris Burgess], and Rome taking three of four in Rome.

Leaderboard…AVG: Willians Astudillo 3rd at .358, JP Crawford 8th at .328…SVs: Cody Forsythe 4th with 6…Plate Appearances / Strikeout: Willians Astudillo 1st at 18.43…Team AVG: 7th at .250…Team Runs: 12th at 155…Team ERA: 14th at 5.58.

The Hit Man…At .358, Willians Astudillo is now third in the Sally League in hitting – Victor Reyes of Rome leads at .377… Astudillo had been 4-24 before going 4-6 with 5 RBIs in the last two games…He has struck out just seven times in 123 at bats, and nine times in 270 at bats including his time in the GCL two years ago (he missed last year with an injury).

Tromp This Way…Jiandido Tromp started the first inning Saturday with a double and scored Lakewood’s first run…The 20 year old outfielder from Aruba has hit safely in his last five games going 6-16 after starting the year 0-12 with seven strikeouts…Tromp played three weeks with Lakewood at the end of last year and joined the team this year on 4/26 from extended spring training.

At The Back…The BlueClaws have seven saves on the season, six by Cody Forsythe and one by Ulises Joaquin…Forsythe’s most recent save was on Saturday against Rome…The left-hander has allowed runs in just three of his 12 appearances (and just two ER in his last 11.2 IP)…Joaquin got a save on 5/1 at Lexington, his first since the Dominican Summer League in 2011.

Delvisimo…Delvi Francisco struck out three over two scoreless innings and has allowed just one earned run in 7.2 innings so far this year with nine strikeouts…Francisco opened the year on the disabled list and was activated on May 1st…He struck out 75 in 64 innings with Lakewood last year and is in his third year on the mound after originally signing as an infielder.

Bounce-Back…Andrew Pullin went 3-4 on Saturday and jumped his average 16 points to .241…It was his first multi-hit game since he had three hits and a home run on 5/4 at Asheville.

Lakewood – Ranfi Casimiro

About: 21 year old, 6-8, 200 pound RHP from Santiago, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2011
Stats: 7 starts…1-4, 7.04 ERA, 30.2 IP, 40 H, 13 BB, 15 K…2013 (GCL) – 2-6, 5.21 ERA, 48.1 IP, 66 H, 15 BB, 30 K
Notes: Makes his 8th start of the year and first against Rome…Last time, threw a career long six innings and allowed just one run in getting no-decision on Tuesday at Delmarva…It was his first start of six innings, his first time allowing less than three runs, and the first walk-free start of his season…Had thrown five innings in two of his first six outings…Went 2-6, 5.21 with GCL Phillies last year.
Season Highs…IP (6, 5/13 at DEL)…Rs (9, 4/18 at HAG)…ERs (5, 4/18 at HAG)…Ks (4, 5/1 at LEX)…BBs (4, 4/18 at HAG)
Last Three Appearances: 5/13 at DEL: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K…5/8 vs KAN (L): 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R/3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K…5/1 at LEX (W): 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K

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Checking In With Tyler Viza

May 16th, 2014

An interview with BlueClaws pitcher Tyler Viza.

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Thursday in Hagerstown

May 15th, 2014

The BlueClaws and Hagerstown Suns meet for the second time this week tonight at 7:05. Hagerstown took the series opener 4-2 on Wednesday and they have taken all eight meetings against the BlueClaws this year.

Game Notes / Listen Live

(As I type at 3:45, they are getting ready to put the tarp on the field and there is some potentially heavy rain the area.)

Leaderboard…AVG: Willians Astudillo 3rd at .348, JP Crawford 7th at .328…SVs: Cody Forsythe 4th with 5…Plate Appearances / Strikeout: Willians Astudillo 1st at 16.86…Team AVG: 10th at .246…Team Runs: 13th at 143…Team ERA: 14th at 5.57.

State of the Claws…The BlueClaws have lost three games in a row, their fourth such losing streak of the season…Their 16.5 game deficit is their largest of the season.

Cozens PartyDylan Cozens hit his 4th home run of the season on Wednesday at Hagerstown, taking the team lead…He has two hits in each of the last two games and it marks the 3rd time he has picked up multiple hits in back to back games (had three straight 5/2 – 5/4)…Cozens has now hit 18 professional home runs, most on the BlueClaws, including nine last year with Williamsport.

Power ReportThe BlueClaws have now hit 21 home runs this year (16 solo shots), but have not homered since May 4th in Asheville, when they hit five, tying a franchise record…Dylan Cozens, JP Crawford, Samuel Hiciano, Wilmer Oberto, and Andrew Pullin all have three to share the team lead…Pullin and Hiciano hit two home runs in Asheville.

Since 14 & 22…Last Sunday, the BlueClaws scored 14 runs on a 9-inning franchise record 22 hits in a win at Asheville…Since that game, they have lost seven of their last eight games…In those games, they have scored 15 runs (six in their win at Delmarva on Sunday)…As a team in that stretch, they are 49-258 (.190).

At Short…Jan Hernandez played shortstop for the BlueClaws on Wednesday, his first start at short as a pro…He played shortstop in Puerto Rico as an amateur but has played only third base in the professional ranks save three innings last year with the GCL Phillies.

Lakewood – Alejandro Arteaga

About: 20 year old (turned 20 on 4/30), 6-2, 176 pound RHP from Palo Negro Aragua, Venezuela
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2011
Stats: 7 games, 3-4, 7.28 ERA, 33.1 IP, 47 H, 10 BB, 22 K…2013 (GCL) – 4-2, 3.27 ERA, 52.1 IP, 55 H, 9 BB, 35 K
Notes: Makes his seventh start of the year and third against Hagerstown, against whom he has allowed seven ER in eight innings…Last faced the Suns on 4/17 and allowed seven runs/three earned in a season-low two innings…Last time out, gave up two runs in five innings at Delmarva on Saturday…Has thrown six innings twice this year…Five HRs allowed is 5th most in South Atlantic League…Spent last year with the GCL Phillies.
Season Highs…IP (6, 2x last 4/29 at LEX)…Rs (8, 4/23 vs CHA)…ERs (8, 4/23 vs CHA)…Ks (6, 4/5 at SAV)…BBs (2, 4/23 vs CHA)
Last Three Appearances…5/10 at DEL (L): 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K…5/4 at ASH (W): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K…4/29 at LEX (W): 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R/2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

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Greetings From Hagerstown

May 14th, 2014

Good afternoon from Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Maryland where tonight the BlueClaws open a three-game series with the Suns.

Game Notes / Listen Live

Welcome to Hagerstown…The BlueClaws and Suns play a three-game set this week at Municipal Stadium…Lakewood is 0-7 against Hagerstown this year (0-3 at Municipal Stadium)…The BlueClaws have been outscored 57-20 in the seven games and are hitting .217 with a 6.45 team ERA…Hagerstown is 51-27 against the BlueClaws since 2011 and 22-7 since the start of last year.

Unlucky 13…In going 0-3 on Tuesday, JP Crawford’s hitting streak was snapped at 13 straight (19-50), the longest streak of the year by a BlueClaw…After starting the season 9-35, he is 34-94 (.361) since April 14th…Crawford has four games with at least three hits, including two four-hit games so far this year.

One of a Few…Crawford was the 16th overall pick in last year’s draft and is the 7th first-round pick to play for Lakewood (Gavin Floyd, Cole Hamels, Greg Golson, Kyle Drabek, Anthony Hewitt, Jesse Biddle)…The only player drafted higher than Crawford to play for Lakewood was Gavin Floyd, a 2002 BlueClaw who was the fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft.

Leaderboard…AVG: Willians Astudillo 2nd at .360, JP Crawford 9th at .328…SVs: Cody Forsythe 4th with 5…Plate Appearances / Strikeout: Willians Astudillo 1st at 16.29…Team AVG: 8th at .249…Team Runs: 12th at 141…Team ERA: 14th at 5.63.

Lakewood – Tyler Viza

About: 19 year old, 6-3, 170 pound RHP from Phoenix, Arizona
How Acquired: 32nd round pick, 2013 draft
Stats: 6 games, 2-2, 3.71 ERA, 34 IP, 37 H, 6 BB, 19 K…2013 (GCL) – 1-0, 1.41 ERA, 32 IP, 21 H, 10 BB, 20 K
Notes: Makes his seventh start of the year and second against Hagerstown (5 IP, 5 H, 5 R/4 ER in LAK on 4/10)…Viza “officially” has not appeared in a game since 5/3 but he threw four scoreless innings on Friday vs Kannapolis in game that was called due to fog and will not be made up…In his last four official starts, has allowed seven ER in 24 IP, going 2-0 with 11 Ks and 3 BBs…Has walked one or less in each of his last five starts…Went 1-0, 1.41 with GCL Phillies last year…Committed to the University of Utah before signing with the Phillies.
Season Highs…IP (7, 4/16 vs GBO)…Rs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…ERs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…Ks (3, 4/4 at SAV)…BBs (2, 4/4 at SAV)
Last Three Appearances: 5/3 at ASH (ND): 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R/2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K…4/27 vs SAV (W): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K…4/22 vs CHA (ND): 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K

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Phillies Weekly Review

May 13th, 2014

Sent over by the Phillies… 

Pitcher – LHP, Cesar Jimenez, Lehigh Valley … 4 G, 1-0, 1 SV, 1 SVO, 0.00 ERA (4.1 IP), BB, H, 4 SO …Jimenez earns Phillies POTW honors for the 1st time in his career … Jimenez ended the week with an active 7.2-inning scoreless streak (7 G, since 4/28) … A non-roster invitee each of the last two seasons to Spring Training in Clearwater,Jimenez appeared in 19 games for the Phillies last season … The 29-year-old left-hander was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent, 12/5/12.

Player – OF, Peter Lavin, Clearwater … 6 G … Batted .500 (12-24), .538 OBP, .792 SLG %,    4 R, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB, HBP, 4 SB … Lavin earns Phillies POTW honors for the 1st time in his career … The 26-year-old was also honored as the Florida State League POTW … Lavin has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games (15-41, .366 AVG) … The 26-year-old Lavin was selected by the Phillies in the 20th round of the 2011 draft out of the University of San Francisco … Lavin was signed by Joey Davis.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 18-18, 5th place… 3-4 for the week … 3B/1B Maikel Franco batted .345 (10-29), 2B, HR, 4 BB … Franco is batting .313 since 4/20 and has a slash line of .347 AVG /.439 OBP /.551 SLG in the month of May … Franco has 7 BB to 8 SO during the month … INF Ronny Cedeno has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games as he batted .348 (8-23), 2 2B, 4 RBI … OF Tyson Gillies has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games as he batted .375 (6-16), 2 2B, SB … OF Leandro Castro batted .316 (6-19), 2 2B, 6 RBI … OF Steve Susdorfbatted .333 (7-21), 3 2B, 3 RBI … Susdorf is hitting .377 over his last 22 games … RHP Sean O’Sullivan made 2 starts as he posted a 1.93 ERA (3 ER, 14.0 IP) … RHP Justin De Fratus made 3 scoreless appearances totaling 4.1 IP as he allowed only 2 hits … POTW LHP Cesar Jimenez appeared in 4 games and did not allow a run over 4.1 IP … Jimenezalso picked up his 1st SV of the year, 5/8 at Charlotte … Jimenez ended the week with an active 7.2-inning scoreless streak (7 G, since 4/28) … RHP Luis Garcia recorded his 6th SV of the season prior to his promotion to PHI … RHP Ken Giles was promoted from double-A Reading after posting a 1.20 ERA (2 ER, 15.0 IP) for the Fightins in 13 appearances while averaging 17.40 SO/9.0 IP (29 SO, 15.0 IP) … Giles made his 1st appearance for LV on 5/9 (1 ER, H, SO, BB).

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division…16-17, 4th place… 2-5 for the week … INF/OF Cesar Hernandez hit .500 (10-20), 2B, 3B and a team-best 5 BB … Hernandez batted .340 (35-103) at REA and had a 10-game hitting streak snapped on 5/12 before his promotion to PHI today … 2B Carlos Alonso batted .308 (8-26), 2B, SB and is hitting .284 this season … OF’s Aaron Altherr and Zach Collier each totaled 7 hits on the week with a 2B …LHP Hoby Milner picked up a win in his only start, 5/7 at Portland, going 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 SO … RHP Tyler Kniggetossed 8.0 scoreless innings over 3 relief appearances with 4 SO … RHP Hector Neris tossed 5.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen as he allowed just 2 hits in 3 appearances … RHP Colton Murray made his 1st double-A appearance after his promotion from Clearwater where had a 2.04 ERA (4 ER, 17.2 IP) on the season. 

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… 8-25, 6th place… 3-3 for the week … POTW OF Peter Lavin hit .500 (12-24), 2B, 2 HR, 4 SB … The 26-year-old Lavin was also honored as the Florida State League POTW … Lavin has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games (15-41, .366 AVG) … 1B Art Charles batted .313 (5-16) with a team-best 3 2B … C Gabriel Lino, OF Brian Pointer and INF KC Serna all homered for the Threshers this week …RHP Colin Kleven picked up a win in his only start, 5/6 at Brevard County … Kleven has allowed 3 ER or less in each of his last 4 starts … RHP Jordan Guth tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief as he picked up a SV, 5/9 at Dunedin …RHP Colton Murray recorded 2 SV during the week and was rewarded with a promotion to double-A Reading.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division – 13-21, 6th place… 1-4 for the week… Coming off POTW honors last week, SS J.P. Crawford picked up right where he left off batting .400 (8-20), 4 2B, 3 BB, SB …Crawford had a 13-game hitting streak snapped earlier today … Crawford, 19-years-old, ranks in the top 10 in the South Atlantic League in AVG (.328), OBP (.421) & OPS (.902) … 3B Mitch Walding batted .294 (5-17), 3 BB … 1B/C Willians Astudillo has an organizational best .371 AVG after 5 hits during the week … RHP Delvi Francisco earned a win for LWD, 5/11 at Delmarva as he totaled 3.2 innings of scoreless relief over 2 appearances … RHP Yacksel Riosallowed just 1 ER over 4.0 innings in relief … LHP Cody Forsythe picked up his 5th SV of the season, 5/11 at Delmarva.

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Morning Baseball in Salisbury: Claws, Birds Finish Series

May 13th, 2014

The BlueClaws and Delmarva Shorebirds square off for the final time this week at Perdue Stadium with morning baseball and a 10:35 am start. Delmarva, behind seven innings of one-hit, shutout ball from first-round pick Hunter Harvey, topped Lakewood 3-0 last night.

Game Notes / Listen Live

Against the Birds…The BlueClaws have won the season series from Delmarva each of the last several season (Delmarva leads 2-1 this year)…2013: 16-8…2012: 13-8…2011: 18-7…2010: 14-9…Since the start of 2010, the BlueClaws are 62-34 against Delmarva.

A Baker’s Dozen…JP Crawford has hit safely in 13 straight games (19-50), the longest streak of the year by a BlueClaw…After starting the season 9-35, he is 34-90 (.378) since April 14th…Crawford has four games with at least three hits, including two four-hit games so far this year.

One of a Few…Crawford was the 16th overall pick in last year’s draft and is the 7th first-round pick to play for Lakewood (Gavin Floyd, Cole Hamels, Greg Golson, Kyle Drabek, Anthony Hewitt, Jesse Biddle)…The only player drafted higher than Crawford to play for Lakewood was Gavin Floyd, a 2002 BlueClaw who was the fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft.

The Hit Man…With two hits in the three games on this trip, Willians Astudillo has two hits in a three-game stretch for just the second time all season…At .361, he is now second in the Sally League in hitting – Victor Reyes of Rome leads at .375… Astudillo has hits in 23 of the 28 games in which he has played…He has struck out just seven times in 11 at bats.

Since 14 & 22…Last Sunday, the BlueClaws scored 14 runs on a 9-inning franchise record 22 hits in a win at Asheville…Since that game, they have lost five of their last six games…In those six games, they have scored 12 runs (six in their win at Delmarva on Sunday)…As a team in that stretch, they are 40-196 (.204).

North/South Splits…The BlueClaws are 10-7 against the Southern Division this year, and 3-15 against the Northern Division (including 0-7 against Hagerstown)…Lakewood will play four games against Rome this weekend and not play a Southern Division team until July 23rd (Greenville).

Lakewood – Ranfi Casimiro

About: 21 year old, 6-8, 200 pound RHP from Santiago, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2011
Stats: 6 games, 1-4, 8.39 ERA, 24.2 IP, 35 H, 13 BB, 13 K…2013 (GCL) – 2-6, 5.21 ERA, 48.1 IP, 66 H, 15 BB, 30 K
Notes: Makes his seventh start of the year and first against Delmarva…Last time out, allowed four runs/three earned in 4.2 innings against Kannapolis on Thursday, taking the loss…His lone win came in Lexington two back on May 1st when he gave up five runs in five innings…Has thrown five innings on two occasions (5/1 at LEX and 4/25 vs SAV)…Has allowed at least three runs in all six starts…Went 2-6, 5.21 with GCL Phillies last year.
Season Highs…IP (5, 2x last 5/1 at LEX)…Rs (9, 4/18 at HAG)…ERs (5, 4/18 at HAG)…Ks (2x, last 4/12 vs HAG)…BBs (4, 4/18 at HAG)
Last Three Appearances: 5/8 vs KAN (L): 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R/3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K…5/1 at LEX (W): 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K…4/25 vs SAV (L): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K

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