Adrian Cardenas, Infielder
Cardenas, a 19 year old second baseman has put together a solid year thus far in Lakewood. The Phillies first round pick a year ago is hitting .293 with 115 hits on the season. He is currently 25 hits shy of the BlueClaws single season hits record held by Jake Blalock (140). Cardenas has also shown good power with 8 homers and 22 doubles. He leads the team with 61 RBI and has also stolen 15 bases. Cardenas was only the second BlueClaw ever to be selected to the MLB futures game and singled in his only at bat.
Antonio Bastardo, Starting Pitcher
Bastardo has been nothing short of excellent since joining the BlueClaws June 10th. The Lefthander boasts a 7-0 record with a 1.85 ERA. The BlueClaws are 10-1 in the 11 games that Bastardo has started. Bastardo features a 90 mph plus fastball with a Barry Zito like 12 to 6 curveball. He has 68 strikeouts in 68 innings with opponents batting .200 against him. Bastardo spent 2005 in the Dominican Summer League and 2006 in the Gulf Coast League. He would be among league leaders in ERA if he had enough innings to qualify.
Quintin Berry, Outfielder
Berry has been the spark at the top of the BlueClaws lineup for the entire season. He is currently hitting .303 with 43 stolen bases. His 114 hits are second on the team to only Adrian Cardenas and his 43 stolen bases rank him third on the all-time BlueClaw list behind current Phillies, Chris Roberson and Michael Bourn. Berry has great ability to bunt for a base hit and is tremendous defensively in centerfield.
Gus Milner, Outfielder
The 14th round pick a year ago out of the University of Kansas has been a nice surprise in 2007. The 6'5" 245 pound rightfielder has provided some pop in the middle of the BlueClaw lineup. Milner has 8 HR and is second on the team with 59 RBI and features a strong arm and good speed, with 14 stolen bases on the year.
C.J. Henry, Outfielder
The former first round pick by the New York Yankees has struggled in his first full season with the BlueClaws. Henry, originally a shortstop, was acquired by the Phillies in the Bobby Abreu trade, but an error plagued 2006 season landed him at third base to start 2007. He has since been moved to leftfield, but his bat has been more inconsistent than his fielding, especially considering that defensively, he is a better fit in leftfield. He is batting just .162 on the season with 123 Ks in 290 at bats. He has shown glimpses of power with a team-leading 9 homeruns, but only has 33 RBI. His 2 RBI Thursday night ended a drought of more than 80 at bats without an RBI, dating back to June 24th. Henry recently got contact lenses to correct a vision problem which may have contributed to his 123 strikeouts, so perhaps things will turn around for him.
Carlos Monasterios, Starting Pitcher
Monasterios, like C.J. Henry was acquired by the Phillies in the Bobby Abreu trade. Monasterios started the season as the BlueClaws number one starter, but has been inconsistent for most of 2007. Coming into the 2007 season the expectations for Monasterios were high, with his 1.89 ERA through two seasons in the minors. He currently sports a 4.75 ERA in 125 innings with 50 BB and 94 Ks. He's shown signs of being a dominant starter, but lacks the consistency to do so.
Tuffy Gosewisch, Catcher
The 2007 South Atlantic League All-Star has seen his batting average plummet to .227 in the second half of the season. Gosewisch shows signs of power but only has 5 HR with 33 RBI. The 11th round pick out of Arizona State in 2005 spent the entire 2006 season playing in high class A with the Clearwater Threshers, but was sent down to Lakewood for the 2007 season. Gosewisch has been good defensively and has worked well with the pitching staff, but his offense simply hasn't come around.