Box Score Recap – 5/25/2015

Lehigh Valley (18-27) and the Gwinnett Braves were suspended in the bottom of the second inning due to rain.  Gwinnett led 1-0 at the time and had runners on second and third with nobody out.  The game will resume on Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. as a full, nine-inning game with a seven-inning game following the conclusion of the suspended game.  No idea who will take the mound for the suspended game, Anthony Vasquez had been Monday’s starting pitcher.  Joely Rodriguez (2-3, 5.18) is scheduled to pitch game two.

Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/25/2015

Open Discussion: Week of May 25th

Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.

Jonathan Papelbon made 2 appearances and finished 2 games this week, converting 2 save opportunities.  After 46 games, Papelbon has 18 appearances, 17 games finished, and 11 saves in 11 save opportunities.

Some other random stuff to light the fire –

  • More Papelbon – He has as many or more saves than 14 MLB teams; including contenders such as the Chicago Cubs (11 saves/19 opportunities; Rondon 9/12), Pittsburgh Pirates (11/16; Melancon 10/11), Boston Red Sox (10/16; Uehara 10/11), and Los Angeles Dodgers (10/16; looks like closer by committee).
  • Other contenders with more blown saves than Papelbon (11/11) and the Phillies (12/14) include Houston Astros (18/22; Gregerson 12/13), Washington Nationals (16/22; Storen 14/15), Atlanta Braves (15/20; Grilli 13/14), Detroit Tigers (14/18; Soria 13/14), KC Royals (14/20), Los Angeles Angels (14/21; Street 14/16), Seattle Mariners (13/18; Rodney 12/13).
  • Realistically, it looks like the only teams who would see Papelbon as an upgrade are the Cubs and Dodgers.
  • One last Papelbon fact – in his last 3 innings he has struck out 7 of the 9 batters he retired.
  • Maikel Franco has 2 home runs and 7 RBI in his first 10 games since being called up.
  • Chase Utley has improved to .173/.248/.295/.543.  He’s closing in on Rupp (.196) to shed the ignomity of being the lowest AVG among position players.
  • Chad Billingsley still has more HR (1) than Blanco, Hernandez, Revere, Ruiz, Rupp, and Sizemore.
  • Phillies tied for MLB low 26 HR, but are no longer the NL worst in any of the slash categories with their .241/.295/.351/.650.
  • MLB worst 146 runs scored.
  • Their team ERA continues to drop and has broken through the 4 RPG barrier (3.99).
  • Still allowing the most free passes in the NL (151).
  • Their .413 winning percentage leaves them solidly in the bottom 7 in MLB.
  • Ryan Howard has come to life.  He has the second highest batting average on the team and is starting to pop up on NL leader boards for HR (8th) and RBI (20th).  His slash even looks respectable when compared among all first basemen in the majors, especially his SLG and OPS.  All he needs to do is disguise his hideous BB/K (8/43) ratio.  But there are also a lot of AL DH that he is out-performing.

Box Score Recap – 5/24/2015

Lehigh Valley (18-27) missed their chance to sweep their 4-game series against the Charlotte Knights, 7-5, when the bullpen couldn’t hold onto a 5-3 lead.  Adam Morgan survived his 6.0 innings and left with the lead.  Clton Murray blew the save and Cesar Jimenez took the loss.  The IronPigs managed 5 runs off 37-year old, former major leaguer Brad Penny, mostly with the help of Knights’ miscues.  Five of the last six IronPigs’ outs were recorded on strike outs.  Cody Asche had an infield single, Dom Brown had a walk.  Chase d’Arnaud went 3-5 with a home run and 2 RBI.  Anthony Vasquez (1-0, 1.69) pitches tomorrow. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/24/2015

Sunday notes – 2015 MLB draft preview


I wanted to spend all of my words today talking about the upcoming MLB draft, which starts on June 8th. I’ve written about the draft in all of my previous notes columns, and I’ll write about it again here. After the draft, I’ll start focusing more on our prospects, the breakouts, the disappointments, etc. But for now, my focus is the draft. Check below the fold

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Box Score Recap – 5/23/2015

Lehigh Valley (18-26) beat the Charlotte Knights, 9-5.  The IronPigs came from behind with an 8-run fifth inning – the big blow, Brian Bogusevic’s grand slam.  Cody Asche had a hit, Dom Brown didn’t.  Jordan Danks went 3-4 with a douoble.  Phillippe Aumont got the win but had a shaky start.  He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits in 5.0 innings.  However, he threw 98 pitches, 48 balls, and walked eight.  Adam Morgan (0-4, 4.81) pitches tomorrow. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/23/2015

Around the System–Middle Infield

A look at middle infielders around the system.  The only move to make as of now is JP Crawford to Reading which I expect to happen by mid June.

Lehigh Valley

Cord Phelps, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2015: .200/.285/.275 in 120 AB’s; 2HR 9RBI; 1SB; 11%BB/16%K rates; .156 vs. LHP; .216 vs. RHP; 259 in May; 21 games at 2B with 2 errors (.980); 4.52 R/F; 10 games at 3B with 2 errors (.935). Phelps had an awful start but has started to heat up as of late.

Edgar Duran, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2007; .135/.220/.162 in 72AB’s; 0HR 5RBI; 8%BB/13%K rates; 26 games at SS with 5 errors (.958); 4.38 R/F; Simply overmatched offensively at this level.  Solid on defense.  Placed on the DL last week.

Chase D’Arnaud, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .308/.355/.341 in 85AB’s; 0HR 5RBI; 5/8SB; 6%BB/13%K rates; .276 vs. LHP; .317 vs. RHP; .293 in May; 21 games at SS with 5 errors (.949);4.48 R/F; Has also played 1 game at 2B and 2 games in the OF. D’Arnaud is one of those kinds that you have to find room for in the lineup.  He does the little things that help a team win.

Jayson Nix, 32, Acquired from Baltimore in 2015; Hitting .053 in 19AB’s for Lehigh Valley


Tony Thomas, 28, SIgned as free agent in 2015; .209/.264/.328 in 67AB’s; 0HR 4RBI; 1SB; 4%BB/33%K rates; .188 vs. LHP; .213 vs. RHP; .226 in May; 15 games at 2B with 2 errors (.967); 3.87 R/F. Has also played 3 games at SS with 1 error and 2 games in the OF.  Thomas has one of the highest strikeout rates in the organization.  Defensively, he has been fine. Continue reading Around the System–Middle Infield

Box Score Recap – 5/22/2015

Lehigh Valley (17-26) beat the Charlotte Knights, 3-1.  Again.  Cody Asche went 1-4, Dom Brown 0-3 with a walk and stolen base.  Jason Berken pitched 5.0 shutout innings for the win.  Cesar Jimenez picked up his 4th save.  Phillippe Aumont (1-1, 1.38) pitches tomorrow.

Reading (21-18) beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 6-2.  Zach Eflin pitched 8.2 inningsof 4-hit, 5 strike out ball.  Eflin had faced one batter over the minimum through the first 8 innings.  Lee Ridenhour threw 2 pitches to gain his first save.  Brock Stassi went 3-3 with 2 RBI.  Gabriel Lino went 3-4 with a home run and 2 RBI.  Roman Quinn had a hit but was picked off second and caught stealing for the 7th time this season.  Tom Windle (0-3, 5.35) pitches game one of a double header tomorrow, the game two pitcher is still TBD. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/22/2015

Box Score Recap – 5/21/2015

Lehigh Valley (16-26) beat the Charlotte Knights, 3-1.  Cody Asche went 2-4 with 2 doubles.  Brian Bogusevic hit a 2-run home run.  Joely Rodriguez allowed 4 hits in 7.0 innings and walked three.  IronPigs pitchers held the Knights to 4 hits but walked six.  Kyle Drabek took the loss for Charlotte.  Jason Berken pitches Friday.

Reading (20-18) – no game scheduled.  Zach Eflin pitches Friday in Portland. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/21/2015

Box Score Recap – 5/20/2015

Lehigh Valley beat Syracuse, 2-1.  Vasquez pitched a nice game and got a hit to boot.

Reading beat New Hampshire, 4-0.  Nola pitched seven, four hit innings and struck out seven.  103 pitches, about 68% strikes.  Stassi hit his 5th home run.  Lino had 2 RBI.  Quinn picked up an OF assist. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/20/2015

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Lehigh Valley has finally begin playing somewhat consistent baseball after their awful start, having won 5 of their last 7 games on this road trip, including three straight and now sit at 15-26,  still in last place of the Northern Division of the International League, 8.5 games behind division leading Rochester.  The ‘Pigs return home for four games with Charlotte starting tomorrow and then hit the road once again for a four game set against Gwinnett next week.

News and Notes: SP David Buchanan suffered a significant ankle injury on Sunday and will miss the next 6-8 weeks after being carted off the field in his third start for Lehigh Valley, after being sent down from Philadelphia.  Anthony Vasquez will be taking Buchanan’s place in the rotation.

–Phillippe Aumont has made three consecutive “quality starts” for the first time in his career.  His next start comes Saturday. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report