Daily Archives: May 13, 2010

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

A very bad week for Lehigh Valley, who were 2-5 on the week, and now stand at 13-20, in 5th place in the Northern Division, 7.5 games behind division leading Syracuse.

League Leaders, thru 5/12: Hitters: DeWayne Wise is tied for 4th in the league in doubles (11),9th in slugging (.550) and leading the league in triples (4).  Cody Ransom is tied for 4th in homers (8) and 2nd in strikeouts (40), Andy Tracy is tied for 9th in Walks (18), Rich Thompson is 4th in batting average (.350).

Pitchers:Nate Bump is tied for 3rd with 4 wins; Scott Mathieson is 8th in saves (5); Brian Mazone is tied for 4th in homers allowed (6); Ryan Vogelsong leads the league in hitters walked (25) and is 7th in K’s (37). Continue reading

Around the System–Relief Pitching

A first look at the success or lack of success seen in the systems relief pitching with some comments added.  As always, take these comments as what they are.  Observations based on the first 5 weeks of the minor league season.  Feel free to discuss.

Lehigh Valley

Scott Mathieson, 26–13 games; 2-0 with an 0.54 ERA; 5 saves; 16.2 IP 9H 1 ER 4BB 18K; 0.84 WHIP; .185 vs. LH, .179 vs. RH; .182 with RISP.  Mathieson has been simply dominant coming off two Tommy John surgeries.  WHile Ruben Amaro was recently quoted as saying Mathieson was not major league ready and needed to work on his command, I simply couldn’t disagree more.  He has been consistently in the mid 90’s and is the power pitcher the Phils need in the back of the bullpen right now.

Antonio Bastardo, 24–Has made 5 appearances since being sent down from Philadelphia.  0-0 with a 0.00 ERA. 3.2 IP, 1H 3BB 6K. Has struck out 4 of the six batters he has faced with RISP.  Bastardo who was sent down to make room for JC Romero, is simply the more consistent of the two right now. The Phils need to find a way to make room for Bastardo, who, while having some control issues, gets outs when needed. Continue reading