An outstanding week for the IronPigs as they have won six consecutive games and now stand at 10-2, in first place of the Northern Division of the International League, 3 games ahead of second place Pawtucket.
‘Pigs Leaders: Remarkably, Lehigh Valley does not have anyone in the top 10 in any hitting category. Pitching: Tom Cochran is 3rd in wins (2); Austin Hyatt is 4th in wins (2), 10th in walks (8); and 7th in IP (16.1); Scott Elarton is 4th in ERA (0.82); Dave Bush is 5th in ERA (0.90); Phillipe Aumont is 6th in games (5) and is tied for the league lead in saves (4); Jake Diekman is 6th in saves (2)and Pat Misch is 6th in HR allowed (3).
Probables: Thur: Cochran; Friday: Elarton; Saturday: Bush; Sunday: Hyatt
Pigs Notes: After starting the season 0-20, Kevin Frandsen has hit safely in the past 4 games.
–Going back to last season, Austin Hyatt is 7-1 with a 2.65 ERA in his last 13 starts between AA and AAA.
–Outfielder Derrick Mitchell has played all of the OF positions and played very well defensively. Sources say that a strong push was made by Manager Ryne Sandberg to have Mitchell included on the AAA roster this year.
–The ‘Pigs return home next Monday for a long home stand (13 games)
‘Pigs Prospects–Every week we will look at how 3 or 4 of the group of “prospects” on the Lehigh Valley roster have fared. We will rotate them each week so expect fresh updates on the progression or lack thereof every two to three weeks on particular players:
Domonic Brown has hit safely in his last six games, during which time he is hitting .400. After starting the season 0-8 with six strikeouts, Brown has gone on to hit .353 since then, giving him an average right around the .290 mark. Notably, Brown is hitting .667 with RISP (6-9) and has not had any reason significant misadventures in LF.
Jake Diekman is unscored upon in his four outings (5IP). He has allowed some hits, but has battled back to get the key outs and has made several hitters look very foollish while earning his two saves.
Phillipe Aumont was very strong in his last outing against Rochester, which went six up and six down with 4 strikeouts. He is 4/4 in save opportunities and has generally been dominating the opposition, with the opposition average hovering around .100 against him.
Cody Overbeck is starting to make a real push of making people notice. Playing first base, he has hit in 7 of his last 9 games (.310) and is hitting lefties at a .400 clip early on. Combining his totals of late last season, he is hitting .344 in his last 37 AAA games.
As the season marches on, look for a more in depth numbers analysis. Up on the prospect review next week: Hyatt, Schwimer, Mitchell, and Hyatt.
Transactions: On Monday, Lehigh Valley received Joe Savery from Philadelphia. He will join a very crowded ‘Pigs bullpen. The corresponding roster move was Catcher John Suomi being placed on the DL with a right shin contusion.