Saturday, January 29, 2011

3 HomeSiders on's top 50 released it's list of the top 50 prospects in baseball and the BlueClaws have 3 former players on the list, in fact in the top 30!

It is no surprise that Domonic Brown was listed as #4 on the list as the 2008 BlueClaw will be given the chance to start for the Phillies by winning a job in spring training. Brown will compete with Ben Francisco, John Mayberry and Ross Gload for a piece of Jason Werth's spot, now that the free-agent has moved on to Washington.

At #12 is Kyle Drabek, who was traded to the Blue Jays in the Roy Halladay deal. Kyle was impressive in his major league starts in September and could win a spot in the Jay's rotation with an good spring training.

Jonathan Singleton hits the list at #30, after a very impressive 2010 in Lakewood. He hit .290, belting 14 homers and driving in 77 runs after joining the team in May.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bourn avoids arbitration

The Houston Astros have avoided arbitration with Michael Bourn, reaching an agreement on a 1-year, 4.4 million dollar contract for 2011 for the former stolen base champ and 2-time Gold Glove winner.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tejeda back with Royals

The Royals have reached an agreement with Robinson Tejeda on a 1-year deal, avoiding arbitration. Robinson was 3-5, 3.54 for K.C. in 2010, and has won 23 major league decisions in his career.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

De Fratus, Rizzotti invited to major camp

The Phillies have invited Matt Rizzotti and Justin De Fratus to major league camp in Clearwater this spring. The right handed De Fratus will report with the rest of the pitchers and catchers on Feb. 14, and Rizzotti may have a chance to make the big team as a bench player.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Escalona to Astros

The Phillies have traded Sergio Escalona to the Houston Astros today. Sergio will join Jon Villar, Michael Bourn and Jay Happ as HomeSiders in the Houston organization.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Jays invite 2 more

The Toronto Blue Jays have invited Anthony Gose and Travis d'Arnuad to major league camp. The pair led the BlueClaws to the 2009 championship, and will join Kyle Drabek in Jays camp.

Phillies invite 3 to spring training

The Phillies have invited Mike Schwimer, Tuffy Gosewisch and Mike Stutes to major league camp for spring training, and the Brewers have invited Zack Segovia to camp, joining Jesus Sanchez as HomeSiders in Milwaukee's organization.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Naughton rejoins Phillies

The Phillies have signed free agent catcher Joel Naughton and will keep him in the organization for 2011. Joel, a switch-hitter, has spent the past 2 seasons at Clearwater and should start '11 in Reading.

Yankees claim Schlitter

Former BlueClaw Brian Schlitter was put on waivers by the Cubs and claimed by the Yankees. Brian, who pitched in Lakewood in 2007, joins Greg Golson on the Yankees 40-man roster.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Buchholz signs with Mets

The New York Mets have signed original BlueClaw Taylor Buchholz to a 1-year contract, with an option for 2012. The 29-year old was the starting pitcher in the first ever BlueClaws game back in 2001, and has recovered from Tommy John surgery. The Pennsylvania native has pitched in the majors for Colorado, Toronto and Boston after leaving the Phillies organization.