Jersey Shore (nee Lakewood, Low-A) is our affiliate in the High-A East League. Jersey Shore will be in the 5-team North Division with the Aberdeen IronBirds (Orioles), Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets), Hudson Valley Renegades (Yankees), and Wilmington Blue Rocks (Nationals).
The High-A League will test the new rule that requires a pitcher to step off the rubber to attempt a pickoff.
Here are your 2021 Jersey Shore BlueClaws.
- Vito Friscia: 24-years-old, played in GCL in 2019
- Herbert Iser: 23-years-old, played at Williamsport/Lakewood in 2019
- Logan O’Hoppe: 20-years-old, played at Williamsport in 2019
- Chris Cornelius: 23-years-old, played briefly in GCL in 2019, injured that year
- Nate Fassnacht -23-years-old, played at Williamsport in 2019
- Jonathan Guzman: 21-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
- Rudy Rott: 24-years-old, played at Williamsport in 2019
- Cole Stobbe: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
- Bryson Stott: 23-years-old, played at GCL/Williamsport in 2019
- Keaton Greenwalt: 23-years-old, played 2019 in GCL
- Hunter Hearn: 24-years-old, played 2019 at Williamsport
- Jhailyn Ortiz: 22-years-old, played 2019 at Clearwater
- Mike Adams: 26-years-old, signed as an amateur free agent on 1/21
- Ben Brown: 21-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019, injured,TJ surgery
- Blake Brown: 22-years-old, signed on 6/20 as amateur FA out of UNC-Asheville
- Kevin Gowdy: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
- Josh Hendrickson: 23-years-old, played in GCL and Lakewood in 2019
- Jonathan Hughes: 24-years-old, signed on 6/20 as amateur FA out of Georgia Tech
- Adam Leverett: 22-years-old, played in GCL/Williamsport in 2019
- Brian Marconi: 23-years-old, played in GCL/Williamsport in 2019
- Tyler McKay: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
- Jhordany Mezquita: 22-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
- Jack Perkins: 23-years-old, played in GCL/Lakewood/Clearwater in 2019
- Dominic Pipkin: 21-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
- Mark Potter: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
- Victor Santos: 20-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
- Noah Skirrow: 22-years-old, signed 6/20 as an amateur free agent out of Liberty
- Billy Sullivan: 21-years-old, signed 6/20 as an amateur free agent out of Delaware
- Aneurys Zabala: 24-years-old, played Advanced-A in 2019 in the Reds organization
- Braden Zarbnisky: 24-years-old, signed 6/20 as amateur FA out of West Virginia
The Phillies Triple-A affiliate remains in Allentown but will play in the new, 20-team Triple-A East League. The new league is comprised of three divisions. The IronPigs are in the Northeast Division with the Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays), Rochester Red Wings (Nationals), Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees), Syracuse Mets (Mets), and Worcester Red Sox (Red Sox). Continue reading 2021 Lehigh Valley IronPigs
The Phillies Double-A affiliate remains in Reading but will play in the new, 12-team Double-A Northeast League. The new league includes eleven of the former teams from the old Eastern League. The Trenton Thunder are replaced by the Somerset Patriots. Continue reading 2021 Reading Fightin’ Phils
Minor league baseball is prepared to continue after a hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since 2019, there have been some changes to minor league baseball. MLB used the considerable leverage granted by antitrust immunity to force all of professional baseball under its umbrella of control. First, MLB squeezed out MiLB leadership and put control of minor league baseball under the commissioner. Second, MLB exerted its will on minor league owners and dropped 40 or more teams from major league affiliations. Third, MLB restructured the minors in a way that suited MLB. And, fourth, MLB created partner leagues to soften the blow to contracted teams, those deemed to have inadequate facilities or to be geographically undesirable. Continue reading Meet Your 2021 Clearwater Threshers
It’s Opening Day. It’s poring down here, and I have to postpone my morning “run”. So, let’s open up a thread for your prognostications. Whole numbers only, please. Let’s get started. Continue reading 2021 Opening Day Prognostications
MLB announced several rule changes that will be tested in the minor leagues during the 2021 season. These tests are aimed at creating more balls in play and action on the basepaths, improving the pace and length of games, and reducing player injuries.
Continue reading New Minor League Rules for 2021
Pardon this self-promotion. What would have been the Fifth Annual Phillies Minor League Digest was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we put together this history of the Phillies’ minor league affiliates – “Life in the Minors”.
Is available on Amazon. My friend and companion at the Carpenter Complex and Spectrum Field, Steve Potter, is the co-author of the digest. This year he worked with retired Phillies’ PR exec, Larry “Baron” Shenk. Steve received participation from several photographers including Mark Wylie. My participation was limited to editing as there were no Clearwater Threshers and the Gulf Coast League seasons on which to report. Continue reading Life in the Minors – the Fifth Annual Phillies Minor League Digest
The Professional Baseball Agreement has expired. The 2019 international signing period has closed. Trading between teams has resumed. Qualifying offers have been made and accepted or declined. Free agency has started. Rosters have been set. Contracts for the 2021 season have been tendered. The Rule 5 Draft has been held.
Now, the Hot Stove Season can go into full swing. Continue reading Playing GM in the 2020-21 Off Season (12/16/2020)
The following is an accurate snapshot of the Phillies current roster situation and some potential moves. Some not all.
The Competitive Balance Tax threshold in 2021 is $210,000,000. For ease of understanding and typing let’s call it what it really is, a CAP.
By my calculations, the Phillies can find themselves $72,932,218 below the CAP going into the 2020-21 offseason. Continue reading Gerrymandering the Phillies 2021 Active and Reserve Rosters
The winner of the fourth annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Hitting Award is Alec Bohm.
The winner of the fourth annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Pitching Award is Connor Brogdon.
Both awards are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James. Continue reading Phuture Phillies: 2020 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients