For those of you who aren’t aware, Mike is the brains behind the Scouting the Sally website, and with Lakewood a member of the South Atlantic League, he gets a chance to scout Phillies prospects. After a recent trip to Greenville to see the Blueclaws and the Drive, he wrote up a detailed scouting report on Jon Singleton, which you can read here. Mike was also kind enough to do an interview and share his thoughts on Jon Singleton and other BlueClaws. Check below for the Q/A
Recap: Lakewood had an uncharacteristic week, going 2-4-1 (including a suspended game that ended in a 2-2 tie, but won’t be resumed although the stats will count). Nonetheless, the ‘Claws remain in first place in the SAL North at 25-17, 1.5 games ahead of Hickory. Overall, they are 67-45. Lakewood needs to go 18-9 over the last month of the year to set a franchise record for wins. Somewhat of an abbreviated report this week due to time constraints on my end… Continue reading Lakewood Weekly Report (8/2-8/8)
Infielder Cody Ransom has cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Lehigh Valley. Prior to his call up to the Phillies, Ransom was among the league leaders in HR and RBI in the International League and should help the stagnant Lehigh Valley offense. With Ransom, Mayberry, and the rehabbing Shane Victorino in the Lehigh Valley lineup there should be a new dynamic, at least for the next few days in Allentown.
Making room for Ransom the ‘Pigs placed starting pitcher Nate Bump on the DL. Bump, who was an International League All Star has struggled to return from Lyme’s disease, going 2 innings and giving up a run on 5 hits in his last start.
In today’s Gelb-Brookover collaboration, they note the Phillies have signed Venezuelan SS Anderson Gonzalez for $300K, the amount that seems to have become the Phillies comfort amount over the last few years in Latin America. For reference (and this is off the top of my head), a $300K bonus for a player drafted in June would be 3rd round money. Here is what G-B have to say
The Phillies lost a talented prospect when they surrendered single-A Lakewood shortstop Jonathan Villar in the deal with Houston that brought them righthander Roy Oswalt at the trade deadline. They are hoping they signed another talented shortstop prospect in Anderson Gonzalez, who recently received a $300,000 bonus. That’s the largest bonus the Phillies have paid to any of their international signings this year. “I love his hands, his athleticism and the way he plays the game,” said Sal Agostinelli, the Phillies’ international scouting supervisor. “He’s built a little bit like [Derek] Jeter. It’s a body that he will fill into. The thing I really love is that he can hit. He doesn’t have a lot of power, but he’s only 16.” Gonzalez is the second Venezuelan shortstop the team has added during the international signing period, which began July 2. They also signed Francisco Silva for $180,000. The Phillies could not sign Gonzalez at the beginning of the international signing period because he was not yet 16 years old. He turned 16 July 25. Agostinelli said Gonzalez will soon join the Phillies’ Venezuelan Summer League team and report to the Florida Instructional League later this year. He will also play in the Venezuelan Parallel League during the winter.
Just a note. The signing deadline is next Monday. At this point, don’t read anything into the chatter about who will and won’t sign. There have been tons of cases where kids were geared up and ready to go to school, only to sign in the last few hours. We’ll find out next Monday, no sense getting bent out of shape before then. Now, the games
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