Former BlueClaws Set For Arizona Fall League

Five former BlueClaws and manager Shawn Williams on Glendale Desert Dogs

By Lakewood BlueClaws | October 10, 2017 8:59 AM ET

Several former BlueClaws will participate in the Arizona Fall League this year. 


The BlueClaws are well represented in the Arizona Fall League once again this year, with play scheduled to begin on October 10th. Phillies players play for the Glendale Desert Dogs (roster here), who will be managed by 2015-16 BlueClaws manager Shawn Williams. 

Williams led the BlueClaws to the 2016 South Atlantic League Championship Series and will manage for the first time in the AFL this year. He spent 2017 managing the Phillies Hi-A affiliate in Clearwater. 

Williams' staff ironically includes two former BlueClaws - Kevin Howard and Keoni De Renne. Howard, who spent this year as the hitting coach for the Lynchburg Hillcats in the Indians organization, played 32 games for the BlueClaws in 2007. De Renne spent this year as the hitting coach for the Bradenton Marauders in the Pirates organization, played 10 games for the BlueClaws in 2010. 

Five former BlueClaws players will play for the Desert Dogs this fall. 

RHP Trevor Bettencourt had an All-Star season with the BlueClaws this year, going 3-2 with a 3.28 ERA. He had a 55-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio as well before being promoted to Clearwater in July. 

LHP Elniery Garcia spent 2015 with the BlueClaws, going 8-9 with a 3.23 ERA. He spent 2017 with Double-A Reading. 

Edgar Cabral spent parts of 2016 and 2017 with the BlueClaws. This year, he was a South Atlantic League All-Star and finished second in the league throwing out 46% of opposing base-stealers before a July promotion to Clearwater. 

IF Zach Green played for the BlueClaws in 2014, hitting six home runs and driving in 43 runs. He played this year for both Clearwater and Reading. 

OF Cornelius Randolph spent 2016 with the BlueClaws and hit .274 in 68 games. The former first-round pick was promoted to Clearwater for the 2017 season. 

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