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Meet the Lakewood BlueClaws

The Shore Sports Network is proud to air each and every Lakewood BlueClaws game on 1160/1310 WOBM-AM and streaming live online at WOBMAM.com and ShoreSportsNetwork.com. Plus, you can also listen on your free radioPup smartphone app!

During the season, we are introducing you to members of the team.

In his 18th season of baseball, he is one of the original members of the team’s front office, Director of Community Relations, Jim DeAngelis.

Three times, he has been honored as the South Atlantic League’s Community Relations Director of the Year. Jim is the executive director of Blue Claws charities and handles the Community Partners Program. A graduate of the Peddie School and Drew University, he is well-known for his work around the shore on behalf of charitable causes.

This week, we meet pitcher Yacksel Rios.

The just-turned 21-year-old right-hander from Puerto Rico was a 12th-round pick of the Phillies in 2011 and spent his first three pro seasons in the Gulf Coast League and Williamsport. Rios has burst onto the scene, winning back-to-back starts to begin July.

 

 

 

This week we are introducing Andrew Knapp.

The 22-year old switch hitter was the Phillies 2nd round draft pick last June after an outstanding career at the University of Berkeley. Knapp had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow following his first professional season in Williamsport.  He has split time as a catcher and designated hitter since coming to Lakewood in late May. Considered one of the Phillies top Prospects, Knapp said when he was growing up the Braves Chipper Jones was his favorite player.

#16 catcher Andrew Knapp! Be listening next week when we tell you about another member of the Lakewood Blueclaws.

 

This week, we introduce you to outfielder Samuel Hiciano.

The 20-year-old outfielder is among the team’s leaders in most offensive categories and his strong play has earned him a spot in this week’s All Star Game in Hickory, North Carolina.

Hiciano is a native of the Dominican Republic and was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2011 and he spent his first two seasons playing in the Dominican summer league and Williamsport.

 

 

This week we are introducing you to Drew Anderson.

A 21st round pick of the Phillies in 2012 following his high school career in Reno, Nevada, the 20-year-old righthander was the Phillies’ minor league pitcher of the week last season in Williamsport. He has followed that up with a solid performance in Lakewood, averaging just over a strikeout per inning and leading the starters in E.R.A.

 

News talk radio WOBM AM 1160 and 1310 is the radio home of the Lakewood Blueclaws and this week we introduce you to second baseman Andrew Pullin.

 

The 20- year old from Centralia, Washington was originally scouted by Pat Gillick when he was in high school. Pullin was a 5th round pick for the Philadelphia Phillies two years ago. The former outfielder and switch pitcher, converted to 2nd base and hit an average of .291 his first two professional seasons. This year after a slow start, Pullin has picked it up and is batting nearly .500 in the month of May.

 

Look for number 17 Andrew Pullin at First Energy Park this season. Make sure to be listening next week when we tell you about another member of the Lakewood Blueclaws.

 

Mark Leiter is the first Ocean County product to play for the BlueClaws.

A graduate of Toms River North and NJIT, the 23-year-old righthander began his procareer late last summer and was the Phillies minor league pitcher for the month in August.

He finished his first season in Lakewood and is back and off to a fast start. The son of former Major  Leaguer Mark Leiter, make sure you look for #31, Mark Leiter Jr.

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Gregg Legg is back for his second sting as manager of the team, having done so in their inaugural season in 2001.

Legg is beginning his 33rd year with the Phillies organization and made it to the majors as an infielder for three games in 1986 and 1987.

A resident of Peckville, Pennsylvania “Legger” was the Blue Claws hitting coat from 2008 through 2013.

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Greg Giombarrese

 

Greg joined the BlueClaws in 2007 as a Media Relations Assistant and has been with the BlueClaws in his current role since 2009. He broadcasts all 140 BlueClaws games on the radio in addition to handling BlueClaws.com, BlueClaws Blog, and the BlueClaws social media sites.

Originally from Westwood, New Jersey, the inability to hit a curveball led him to pursue broadcasting, which he did at Fordham University in the Bronx. While at Fordham, he worked at WFUV, broadcasting Fordham football and basketball and hosting “One on One,” New York’s longest running sports call-in show. He has also worked for ABC Sports Radio and USOpen.org Radio.

Greg is also an avid horse racing fan and miniature golfer.

2014 BlueClaws Schedule

 

Lakewood BlueClaws 2014 schedule
Lakewood BlueClaws 2014 schedule

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