Lehigh Valley has gone 2-4 since last weeks report with their scheduled mired by rain, sleet, postponements, roster changes and doubleheaders. They are currently 4-7 in the Northern Division of the International league, 3 games behind division leading Buffalo. The ‘Pigs remain in Syracuse for three games in two days Wednesday and Thursday, followed by four games in Scranton.
‘Pigs Prospects–Cameron Rupp had a well documented very quick start, during which he set a Lehigh Valley team record hitting 4 homers in as many games. His bat settled down after that and he is now hitting .231/.394/.731 after 33 plate appearances before going down with an oblique injury on Sunday. Rupp continues to be very good defensively and his loss will hurt the IronPigs. No timetable for how long he will be out but I am sure the Phils will want to be careful with the oblique.
Kyle Simon made a very inauspicious AAA debut lasting just 0.1inning and giving up 4 runs on two hits in addition to three walks. After a couple mediocre outings, Simon looked very good his last time out going three scoreless innings while striking out 4. Simon’s overall stats: 4 games, 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA, 1.80WHIP.
Hector Neris–All he does is effectively eat innings with good results. Neris has made 4 appearances, and has not given up a run in seven innings of work. He was given up 5 hits, walked 3 and struck out five and been effective each time out. David Murphy of the Daily News noted tat Phils execs are starting to take notice, so keep an eye on Neris (still just 24) as a middle innings guy.
Next week: Buchanan, Franco, Rosin
News and Notes: The ‘Pigs have committed a league low 5 errors.
–Through 11 games, Lehigh Valley is batting .187, a league low, and is hitting just .179 with RISP.
–RP Hector Neris is unscored upon through the first four games of his AAA career (7IP)
‘Pigs Leaders: Clete Thomas is 4th in the league in doubles(5); Cameron Rupp is 3rd in homers (4) and 5th in Slg % (.731); Mike Nesseth is tied for the league lead in losses (2); Barry Enright has the 9th worst WHIP (1.66)
Probables: Wednesday: Buchanan; Thursday (1)Smith, (2)Lincoln; Friday: Enright; Saturday: O’Sullivan; Sunday: Jiminez
‘Transactions: Very complicated week, so I will try to make it as simple as possible. Released: Brian Bixler; To the DL: Cameron Rupp(oblique) and Andres Blanco(oblique); Activated from the temporary inactive list: Tyson Gillies; Promoted to Philly and then returned: Luis Garcia; Promoted to Philly: Jon Pettibone Demoted to Reading: Mike Nesseth; Demoted to Lehigh Valley from Philly: Justin De Fratus and Brad Lincoln; Returned to organization via Rule 5 return: Seth Rosin