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Hot or Not

Week number two in the books and a look back at the time period of April 10-16…Some quick notes…Cameron Perkins keeps the conversation going strong with continued production…Lakewood prospects really struggling at the plate… The Reading bullpen had a very good week, led by Kenny Giles.  I would give him another half dozen or so appearances and then get him moved up….Anyone beginning to notice Cody Forsythe?…Tyson Gillies doing what he does.

Hot Hitters: Cameron Perkins (.524, 7R, HR, 7RBI, SB); Cesar Hernandez (.474, 5R); Willians Astudillo (.471, HR, 4RBI); Angelo Mora (.385); Albert Cartwright (.353), Aaron Altherr (.313, 4R, SB)

Not Hot Hitters: Andrew Pullin (.056); Anthony Phillips (.077); Dylan Cozens (.130); Justin Parr (.133); Zach Green (.136); Ronny Cedeno(.143); Tyson Gillies (.154); Maikel Franco (.167); Samuel Hiciano (.167); JP Crawford (.174)

Hot Starters: Miguel Nunez (2 starts, 13IP 15H 3ER 0BB 10K); Tyler Viza (2 starts, 12IP 11H 4ER 1BB 8K);  Luis Paulino (5IP 3H 1ER 0BB 3K) Continue reading

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

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. Continue reading

Hot or Not

Our first look around the organization at who is “hot” and who is “not” over the past week. Look for this article on Thursday or Friday morning each week.  For hitters to qualify, they must have 12AB’s over the last week.

A few quick points: Gotta like the way Crawford and Cozens started in Lakewood…Is it too early to be concerned about Franco, Joseph and Tocci, I think so….Severino Gonzalez with the best results of any starter in the organization last week without the best “stuff”…Dominant is an understatement for the week Kenny Giles had…Kyle Simon was unexpectedly awful in each of his outings for Lehigh Valley…Interesting that Luis Garcia has been anointed the closer in Lehigh Valley for now, with a very good week for the former barber/mover.

Hot Hitters: Edgar Duran (.500); Brock Stassi (.429); Peter Lavin (.417); Brian Pointer (.385); Willians Astudillo (.385); Carlos Alonso (.375, 4RS, 4RBI, SB); JP Crawford(.368, 4RS, HR, SB); Cameron Perkins (.333); Dylan Cozens (.321, 4RBI, 2SB)

Not Hot Hitters: ALbert Cartwright (.000, 0-13); Willie Carmona (.050); Justin Parr (.067); Leandro Castro (.091); Maikel Franco (.111); Steve Susdorf (.111); Tommy Joseph (.118); Carlos Tocci (.143); Matt Tolbert (.154); Zach Green (.160) Continue reading

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

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. Continue reading

Clearwater Roster

The Threshers roster straggled(the paperwork, not the players) in today and it goes as follows:

Catchers: Logan Moore and Chad Carman

Infield: Willie Carmona, Art Charles, Harold Martinez, KC Serna, Anthony Phillips, Angelo Mora

Outfield: Nick Ferdinand, Pete Lavin, Justin Parr, Brian Pointer

Pitchers: Jon Prosinski, Colin Kleven, Ethan Stewart, Kevin Walter, Dan Child, Lee Ridenhour, Lino Martinez, Chris Burgess, Jordan Guth, Jeb Stefan, Colton Murray, Miguel Nunez

DL: P Steven Inch, P Nic Hanson, OF Brandon Short

Clearwater opens their season on Thursday against Dunedin (Toronto).

Reading Announces Roster

The Fightins’ announced their 2014 opening day roster.  It is as follows:

Catchers: Tommy Joseph, Sebastian Valle

Infield:Albert Cartwright, Edgar Duran, Matt Tolbert, Chris Serritella, Carlos Alonso

Outfield:Kelly Dugan, Zach Collier, Anthony Hewitt, Brock Stassi, Cameron Perkins

Starters: Jesse Biddle, Severino Gonzalez, Hoby Milner, Luis Paulino, Percy Garner

Relievers: Justin Friend, Tyler Knigge, Brody Colvin, Jay Johnson, Austin Wright, Kenny Giles, Neifi Ogando, Ryan O’Sullivan

DL: OF Aaron Altherr; OF Jiwan James; P Ryan Demmin

Reading opens the season at home on Thursday against Portland.

Lakewood Annouces Roster

Here it goes for the BlueClaws:

Catchers: Gabriel Lino, Jose Mayorga, Willians Astudillo

Infield: Wilmer Oberto, Andrew Pullin, J.P. Crawford, Zach Green, Robinson Torres

Outfield: Dylan Cozens, Samuel Hiciano, Carlos Tocci, Larry Greene Jr,

Pitchers: Alejandro Arteaga, Tyler Buckley, Ranfi Casimeiro, Cody Forsythe, Ulysses Joaquin, Mark Leiter, Jr, Shane Martin, Manny Martinez, Julio Reyes, Yacksel Rios, Keivi Rojas, Jesen Therrien, Tyler Viza.

Lakewood begins their season on Thursday in Savannah.

Lehigh Valley Announces Roster

The IronPigs have announced their 2014 opening day roster:

Starting Pitchers: Greg Smith, David Buchanan, Jonathan Pettibone, Barry Enright and Sean O’Sullivan.

Relievers: Luis Garcia, Phillippe Aumont, Shawn Camp, Hector Neris, Mike Nesseth and Kyle Simon, Jeremy Horst, Cesar Jimenez.

Catchers: Koyie Hill and Cameron Rupp

Infield: Jim Murphy, Tyler Henson, Maikel Franco, Andres Blanco, Reid Brignac, Troy Hanzawa

Outfield: Leandro Castro, Tyson Gillies, Steve Susdorf, Clete Thomas

DL: INF Brian Bixler, P Chris Bootcheck, OF Dave Sappelt, P Adam Morgan

Lehigh Valley opens their season in Pawtucket on Thursday in what will be a four game series.

 

Roster Moves

A busy morning for the Phils who announced several roster moves.  C Lou Marson was released.  P Kenny Giles, P Cesar Jiminez and SS Andres Blanco were re-assigned to minor league camp.  OF Zach Collier, OF Tyson Gillies, P Jeremy Horst and C Tommy Joseph were optioned to minor league camp.  I wouldn’t characterize any of these moves as a surprise absent mild surprise at Marson’s release.  Thinking of that as a positive, maybe the Phils are feeling more comfortable with Tommy Joseph’s health.

The Phils and the Draft–Few Hits, Plenty of Misses

Looking at the first three rounds of the major league baseball draft over the past 10 years, it becomes quite clear why the Phils have the lack of depth that they are currently suffering from.  They have had very few high draft picks who have panned out in the manner you would hope and to some extent, expect.  When you look at the teams around the major leagues and review their first three rounds of draft picks over the last 10 years, there are very few teams that have produced less major league talent (regulars) than the Phils.

The benefit that the Phils received from their drafts over the last 10 years is that specific pieces have helped land the likes of Halladay, Oswalt, and Blanton.  Those pieces were critical to the success of the Phils (some more than others) in 2008-2011. It is notable however, that absent Halladay, there is no player that had prolonged success in the Phils organization.  The future holds some degree of hope with the ultimate success of the last 3-4 years still to be determined.

Looking back year by year: 2013: (1) JP Crawford; (2) Andrew Knapp; (3) Cord Sandberg; (3) Jan Hernandez.  It’s too early to pass judgement and the Crawford pick has the potential to erase plenty of bad draft memories.  Knapp has been hampered by Tommy John surgery which he underwent late last year.  Both Sandberg and Hernandez struggled mightily with the bat last year but have the talent to erase their first 100 professional at bats pretty quickly. Continue reading