Lakewood Weekly Report (7/19-7/25)

Recap:  Lakewood went 3-3 on the week, leaving their record at 18-11 for the second half, still 1.5 games ahead of Hickory in the SAL North.  The week featured an 18-inning marathon the ‘Claws won on Saturday behind excellent starting pitching from Jonathan Pettibone and very strong relief work from a quartet of hurlers.  The outcome left Lakewood at 11-4 in extra innings this year.  In personnel moves, Adam Buschini (finger) and Leandro Castro (oblique) were placed on the DL this week.  Also, some conflicting reports on Jarred Cosart–per the Asbury Park Press, Steve Noworyta stated it’s possible Cosart is done for the year and won’t pitch again until Instructional League, however in a scout.com article, Gorman Heimueller says he’ll start throwing around August 1st and the headline leads one to believe he could be back before season’s end.

Hitters:

  • Jeremy Barnes:  5-23, 2B, 3 RBI, SB, E
  • Michael Dabbs:  8-23, 3B, 4 RBI, 4 SB / 2 CS
  • Anthony Hewitt:  6-26, 2B, 2 RBI, 9 K / 0 BB
  • Jiwan James:  7-29 (includes 0-9 on Saturday), 2B, 2 RBI, 9 K / 2 BB, SB
  • Alan Schoenberger:  6-20, 2B, 4 RBI, SB
  • Jonathan Singleton:  5-25, HR, 2 RBI, 3 K / 3 BB, SB
  • Sebastian Valle:  3-19, RBI, 6 K / 0 BB
  • Jonathan Villar:  4-23, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 10 K / 3 BB, 4 SB / CS, 3 E

Notes:  Singleton’s at .225/.382/.338 for July…Schoenberger is hitting .407 with RISP…OF Michael Dabbs joined the ‘Claws after putting up a .298/.330/.405 line at Williamsport.  He’s a 23-year old, lefthanded hitter who was a 17th round pick in last year’s draft…BlueClaws among the Top 5 league leaders:  James (2nd in AB, 4th in CS), Villar (4th in SB, 4th in CS), Castro (5th in 3B), Hewitt (1st in K), Singleton (2nd in OBP, SLG, and OPS).

Pitchers:

  • Brody Colvin:  5 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 2 K / 1 BB
  • Ebelin Lugo:  2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 K / 0 BB
  • Trevor May:  6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6 K / 2 BB
  • Jonathan Pettibone:  7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 K / 0 BB
  • Colby Shreve:  5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 K / 1 BB
  • Luke Wertz:  3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 K / 0 BB
  • Josh Zeid:  6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 8 K / 0 BB

Notes:  Shreve and Colvin are being limited to 5 innings per start…Colvin has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts (15 IP), but has allowed nine unearned runs in that span…Julio Rodriguez was promoted back from Williamsport…not sure where Nick Hernandez‘ rehab stands, but he didn’t make a start this week…in the eighteen inning game, relievers Mike Bolsenbroek, Luke Wertz, Kyle Carr, and Joe Esposito shut out Delmarva over the last nine innings, allowing only four hits.

14 thoughts on “Lakewood Weekly Report (7/19-7/25)

  1. Remarkable that Singleton is hitting .225 in July, yet has a .382 OBP and .720 OPS. A lot of hitters would be around .500 OPS at that BA, or not much better. Still, he is obviously screwed up from being pitched so carefully and has still not adjusted. Reports a few weeks ago said he was starting to lay off sucker pitchers better (BlueClaws blog, as I recall). Very talented, but needs has some obvious growth projects to get through as a pro hitter. Better now than higher up in minors, although I don’t think he will be pitched as carefully in higher minors, when he will hopefully be in a lineup of more advanced hitters.

  2. Make that 12-4 in extra innings…Valle bomb in the 10th inning of Game 1 of a DH.

  3. Who is Julio Rodriquez? Should we be interested or is he organizational filler? Nice effort tonight.

  4. I’ve been a big fan of J-Rod since last season. Ranked him in my top 20 coming into this season (or close to, what happened to the reader top 30, it used to be top-linked…). Throws low-90s with a good breaking pitch (I forget whether it’s slider or curve). His K numbers have been fantastic at every level and he’s age appropriate, so he’s definitely prospect, and moving up my board fast.

  5. I lobbied for Rodriguez to be included in the top 30 reader poll this year. Glad to see the great game last night. If not for a bad relief appearance, he would have an amazing ERA overall. Surprisingly, his K/9 and GO/AO seem to be better against LH hitters. Would indicate that his change up is better than his breaking ball.

  6. Lakewood arguably has 7 of the top 10 prospects in the system now. Cosart, Singleton, Colvin, Valle, May, Villar and James. Add in Rodriguez, Shreve and Castros and that is some serious talent graduating. With Gillies, Aumont , Defratus,
    Ramirez and Gose, by next July, Clearwater and Reading will packed with young talent.

  7. Villar seems to be a intesesting prospect, good glove better offense than Galvis, athleer is really starting to intest me too. wonder if he will develop power as he moves up. Hudson is really struggling hope he turns it around. Worley the way he threw the other night should be able to help this team next season. If he can hit his spot, and throw in the mid 90 will be a nice replacement for either kendrick or baez.

  8. Hopefully Singleton’s struggles will be a lesson to those who wanted to ‘move him up a level for a challenge this year because he’s not being challenged.’ I somehow doubt it, but one can hope. I hope he learns something from this experience and can turn it around soon.

  9. The average age in the Sally league is 21.5, and the average batting line is .257/.324/.379. Singleton is still hitting .313/.422/.535 with 44 walks and 45 Ks.

    Is he doing something differently in July or just hitting a lot of balls at guys? There’s obviously no reason to rush an 18 year old but he’s only struggling relative to his excellent beginning of the season.

  10. My opinion is that he’s really just not getting any pitches to hit, anyone who’s seen him can correct me if I’m wrong but if people arent going to throw to him just bump him up a level

  11. Its impressive that he’s kept his BB/K ratio up despite likely never seeing good pitches. That’s a huge indicator of an advanced hitter.

  12. For what little it’s worth (very small sample size), Singleton in his last 4 games is hitting .411/.476/.556.

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