In light of the daily box score update, I think it may make some sense to do away with daily game summaries and attempt to focus the weekly updates on how particular players have been performing along with general team updates. So, along those lines each week I will update half of the team. Infielders, catchers and starters one week and then outfielders and relievers the next. That should allow a constant continuing picture of what we have at the AAA level. Look for that on Thursday or Friday each week. I hope to combine that with occasional additional features and player interviews throughout the season.
Lehigh Valley went 3-3 since the last report and are currently 7-6 and in 3rd place, one game behind division leading Scranton. The ‘Pigs are off to Buffalo for a short four game road trip against the Mets AAA affiliate, before they return home for a 8 game home stand.
Leaders: Hitting: Ronnie Belliard is 6th in hits (16), 9th in OBP (.434) and 6th in avg. (.348); Jeff Larish is tied for fourth in homers (3); Rich Thompson leads the league in stolen bases (7); Brandon Moss is 2nd in the league in OBP (.475) and 4th in avg. (.364)
Pitching: Vance Worley is 6th in IP (17.2), tied for 5th in HR allowed (3) and third in strikeouts (20).
Infield: Jeff Larish–is at .250/.327/.523 with 3 HR and 5 RBI during the early going and has been the primary first baseman for Lehigh Valley. He is only 1-10 with RISP and that needs to increase.
Kevin Frandsen–Has hit in 6 of his last 7 games (8-16, .500) and is very hot after a cool start. Playing mostly SS, Frandsen is at .317/.383/.390 with 0HR and 5 RBI to go along with 2 SB in the early going.
Robby Hudson appears to be Brian Bocock without the glove. .118/.167/.118 in his first 18 at bats.
Josh Barfield is off to a slow start as the primary 2B this far. .214/.227/.333 with 1HR 6 RBI and 3 SB to go along with some shaky fielding. The Phils clearly expect more from him.
Ronnie Belliard has been the most consistent hitter in the Lehigh Valley lineup in th early going at .348/.434/.500 with 1HR and 7 RBI. He has played a serviceable 3B although not outstanding.
Catcher: Erik Kratz–The 30 year old local product is at .278/.409/.500 with 1 HR and 3 RBI in his 7 games and has thrown out 2 of the 6 runners attempting to steal on him (33%). He is basically splitting time catching with Sardinha.
Dane Sardinha has struggled hitting out of the gate and is at .091/.231/.091 and is without a homer or an RBI in his 7 starts. While he has thrown out 2 of the 7 runners attempting to steal on him(29%), the has committed two costly passed balls.
Starters: Vance Worley has looked very good, thus far this year, with two quality starts in three outings. In his start against Scranton on Tuesday, he went 5.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. Thus far, Worley is 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA in his 3 starts, to go along with a WHIP of 0.96. He is striking out well over a hitter and inning.
Nate Bump was hit around last night by Scranton, giving up 6 runs and 10 hits over his five innings. On the year: 3 starts:0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.86 WHIP. Averaging 4.7 innings per start.
Eddie Bonine had a very nice outing his last time out, going 7 innings and picking up a win while allowing just a run against Buffalo. Both of his starts have been quality starts and the 29 year old is 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA thus far.
Brian Bass got roughed up his last time out lasting just 4 innings while giving up 5 runs against Buffalo. Thus far, 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA for the 29 year old righty.
Ryan Feirabend went on three days rest and it showed against Scranton as lasted 4 innings and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits against Scranton, taking the loss. So far, 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in his two starts for the 25 year old LHP.
Notes: Scott Mathieson threw 61 pitches in a three inning, scoreless outing against Scranton on Monday evening.
–Of their seven wins this season, six have been come from behind.
–Through the first 12 games, the Lehigh Valley bullpen is now 5-1 with a 1.96 ERA, and are averaging well over a strikeout per inning.
Transactions: With Mike Zagurski heading up to Philadelphia, reliever Chance Chapman was called up to Lehigh Valley for one game and gave the ‘Pigs a mediocre performance in his outing in relief. Chapman was returned to Reading after his appearance and RHP Tyson Brummett, the Phils 7th round pick in the 2007 draft out of UCLA was called up from Reading.
Brummett threw three scoreless innings against Scranton on Wednesday and was returned to Reading after the game, to make room for Brian Gordon, who was activated from the DL.
Probables: Thursday: Bonine, Friday: Bass, Saturday: Feirebend, Sunday: Worley