During a recent trip to Lakewood's FirstEnergy Park, I shot some video footage of several BlueClaws batters taking pregame practice cuts.
Footage includes the clips below of shortstop Malquin Canelo, outfielder Carlos Tocci, first baseman Rhys Hoskins and outfielder Jiandido Tromp.
Canelo, 20, is batting .308 and has done an excellent job as the BlueClaws' lead-off man (.357/.419/.488 slash line when leading off an inning) this season. Have a look at the five-foot-ten 156-pounder's stroke in the video player below.
Tocci, a 19-year-old, has a .320 average with an .800 OPS and 12 stolen bases in 52 games for the BlueClaws this year. The promising Venezuelan is a lock to represent Lakewood with the Sally League All-Star game later this month. Check out footage of Tocci's swing in the video player below.
Hoskins, 22, was the Phillies' 5th round draft selection last year. The six-foot-four 225-pounder's .337 batting average is tops in the South Atlantic League. He also leads the league in OPS with a .945 mark. See Hoskins in the media player below.
The 21-year-old Tromp has struggled at times this year, but remains a player whose coaches are confident in his abilities. Overall in 38 games, the Aruba native is batting .174 with three doubles, three triples and eight RBI. Have a look at Tromp in the cage in the media player below.
Also, here's some bonus footage of Gustavo Martinez...
And footage of catcher Deivi Grullon is featured below...