Lehigh Valley Report

Lehigh Valley continues mired in mediocrity but now, with a revamped roster that should provide some late season life. Over the last 11 games, the ‘Pigs went 4-7 and now sit at 49-55, 11.5 games behind division leading Syracuse in the Northern Division of the International League.  Wildcard hopes are dwindling as well, sitting 7 games behind Pawtucket with 40 games left in the season. Lehigh Valley continues with two more at home against Pawtucket before hitting the road for five games (Buffalo and Rochester).

‘Pigs Prospects:Maikel Franco left this evenings game with back tightness and is day to day.  Over the last 10 games, Franco hit .222/.237/.333 with 6 RBI’s. On the year, .233/.283/.366 with 6HR and 46RBI to go along with a 15%k rates.  Franco is hitting .266 against lefties, .219 against righties and .270 with RISP.

Cameron Perkins has been slowed and missed some time with a lower back issue and continues to struggle with Lehigh Valley, at .211/.252/.305 thru 128AB’s.  He has not homered in AAA and has 7 RBI’s. Perkins is hitting just .125 against LHP and .185 with RISP since being called up from AA Reading.

Cesar Hernandez was just optioned to Lehigh Valley with the activation of Reid Brignac.  He is expected to play every day at 2B after hitting .225 for the Phils in just over 100 AB’s.

Next report: Martin, Castro, Aumont, Galvis

News and Notes: Lehigh Valley is averaging 8738 fans per game, 3rd in the International league

–The ‘Pigs are 20-32 at home, the worst home record in the International League.

–In his first International League start in 2 months, David Buchanan pitched a good game on Monday night: 6IP 6H 3R 2ER 1BB 6K.

–Ethan Martin has not allowed an ER in 9.2IP

–Tyler Henson has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 starts (27-74, .365)

–SP Brad Lincoln is 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and .218 opp avg in his last 9 starts

‘Pigs League Leaders,(Thru 7/21)Hitting: Maikel Franco is 5th in AB’s (369) and 7th in doubles (25); Leandro Castro is 9th in runs (53); Tyler Henson is 4th in strikeouts(98) and 9th in SB’s(17)

Pitchers: Barry Enright is 4th in losses (9), 6th in starts (19); had the 3rd worst ERA (5.56), 2nd worst WHIP (1.59) and is 1st in HR allowed (17); Sean O’Sullivan has the 8th worst ERA (4.80); Cesar Jiminez is 7th in games (35); Luis Garcia is 3rd in saves(16); Greg Smith is 10th in IP (111)

Transactions: Basically a 40% roster revamp over the last two weeks…See below:

Comings: OF Clete Thomas (activated from DL); P Jo Jo Reyes(Signed, activated from DL); SS Freddy Galvis (activated from DL); SP David Buchanan (optioned from Philadelphia);C Koyie Hill (outrighted from Philly); INF Cesar Hernandez (optioned from Philly)

Goings:  SS Edgar Duran (sent to Reading); OF Steve Susdorf (Released), SP Barry Enright (released); INF Rusty Ryal (Released); Jason Marquis (DL); BJ Rosenberg (DL); Darin Ruf (Promoted to Philly)

Probables: Wed: O’Sullivan; Thur: Lincoln; Fri: Smith; Sat: Buchanan

18 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Report

  1. The rising and falling of Franco this season is disheartening. Though I’ve been skeptical about his contact-ability, we should hope that with the rest of this season to work things out, he would be able to get into a better rhythm. The old nemesis–off-speed pitches–seems to have hit the phan.

    The previously discussed “arm bar swing” seems to not allow him to adjust in a timely manner. We don’t know, do we, if there is an emotional component involved. He didn’t seem to have any such issues along his minor lg route.

    But…TIME is on his side. He’s still young enough to work things out. Hope he plays more 1st base…Howard is finally being boooed.

      1. I disagree. I think he should be allowed to take his lumps in Lehigh Valley and repeat there next year.

          1. He already knows how to hit in Reading. What’s he going to do when he goes back to Lehigh Valley?

            1. If he had learned to hit in Reading, he would be hitting better than he is at LV. We’ve been lied to as to how good he is. He needs to prove it.

            2. All I’m saying is he had pretty good results in Reading so even though some of the underlying stats for Reading were cause for concern, Reading didn’t provide the challenge necessary for him to be exposed and need to learn to adjust.

    1. Art D…I thought he was the third youngest guy in the league. Like you said, he is young. He may very well start there again next season.

    1. I’m glad they released Susdorf. Get rid of the org filler and make way for actual prospects.

  2. I would prefer to see David Buchanan pitch at CBP than either Hernandez or Kendrick. He is a competitor and keeps us in games.

    1. I can’t disagree here. Hernandez is too inconsistent and KK doesn’t trust his stuff (nibbles way too much).

  3. Lincoln and Buchanan could be on Phils if 2 starters are traded.

    Too bad Marquis hit the DL, he maybe better option than Hernandez or KK.

    Franco has quite a few doubles and hitting better over last month.

    Sudsdorf, surprising he was let go as he has been consistently good offensively all year long. I did think he should have had the spot that Gwynn had this year just to see if he could be a role player.

  4. How much is Marquis hurt? DL’d. Can he recover…soon?

    There’s a starting pitcher need to be filled at the MLB level…soon.

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