Welcome back to another year of the IronPigs report. This report will put out weekly most likely Wednesday mornings throughout the course of the year. Feel free to leave any suggestions for weekly coverage in the comment area of anything that would be of interest to you. As time permits, I expect to post a variety of interviews with members of the team as the year progresses. Lehigh Valley began their season with a four game split in Pawtucket, and then came home for a washout Monday, followed by a 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday. The ‘Pigs homestand continues through the weekend with two more against Buffalo followed by four games with Rochester.
‘Pigs Prospects–Without getting into a huge debate on the definition of a “prospect”, I am going to list the following players on the Lehigh Valley current roster as prospects: Cameron Rupp, Maikel Franco, David Buchanan, Michael Nesseth, Jon Pettibone and Kyle Simon. They are listed as prospects based on expectations for them and their age. Others will join the list during the course of the year. For this group of players, there will be bi-weekly statistical updates on their progress. I will cover several one week and then those that weren’t covered the following week. For the first week:
Maikel Franco: has gotten off to a very rough start, currently hitting .100 (2-20) going without a HR and just one RBI. He has struck out four times in his 20 AB’s and hit the ball hard just a handful of times. Franco got his first start of the year at 1B on Tuesday and played well, making a couple of tough plays and looked fairly comfortable.
David Buchanan made two starts in the first five IronPigs games, thanks to a rain out on Monday. His first start was very good, going six shutout innings against Pawtucket, followed by a decent outing against Buffalo, in which he gave up 2 runs in five innings and struggled with his command. After giving up a first inning two run homer, Buchanan didnt yield another run, but was pitching into and out of trouble all night. He was throwing between 89-91 during the Buffalo outing. On the week, Buchanan threw 11 innings, gave up 2 runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out eight. All in all, very good results, although perhaps not good enough to land him in Philly for a start this weekend.
Michael Nesseth threw in three of the first five games with mediocre results this week. In total, 4.2IP 7H 3ER 4BB 3K. Too many walks and several balls hit very hard off of him. Nesseth is a guy I expect big things from this year, so I will be watching closely.
‘Pigs Leaders: This will be a weekly feature beginning next week. We will take a look a where IronPigs players rank among their peers in the International League.
News and Notes: Cameron Rupp’s homers in four straight games broke a Lehigh Valley record.
–Opening day was Manager Dave Brundage’s 1000th game manging in the IL.
–Just 7 players on the 25 man Lehigh Valley roster were originally drafted by the Phillies.
Probables: Wed, 1(Smith); (2)TBD; Thursday: Enright; Friday: O’Sullivan
Transactions: Tyson Gillies was placed on the temporary inactive list on opening day and remains their with a sore hamstring.