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Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

The ‘Pigs lost last night and are struggling having gone 3-7 over their last 10 games and now sit at 55-70, and in 5th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 15 games behind division leading Scranton.  With two and a half weeks left in their season, Lehigh Valley play in Scranton tonight, visit Pawtucket over the weekend, before returning to Coca Cola Park in Allentown for a three game series against Buffalo early next week.

–Sean O’Sullivan had an excellent outing on Tuesday against Scranton, going 8.1 innings without allowing an earned run, striking out 9.

–INF Taylor Pastornicky has reached base safely in all eight games since joining the IronPigs

–Tyler Henson remains unbelievable with men on base and two out, hitting .423 on the year and knocking in 24.

–Pigs catchers continue to lead the league in caught stealing % at 37%.

–Brian Bogusevic has hit in 14 of his last 15 games, hitting .381 with 5 homers over that span. Bogusevic is the 1st Lehigh Valley player to have four separate 10 game hitting streaks in one season.  His average on the year sits at .297. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Utley Trade to Dodgers Agreed Upon

It appears that the Phillies have agreed to a trade that would send Chase Utley to the Dodgers for two minor league players.  The Dodgers would also likely receive $2M dollars as part of the deal.  More on MLB Trade Rumors and Jon Heyman’s tweet.

At 3:50PM eastern time, this deal has been agreed to but not finalized, pending physicals.

Aaron Altherr Promoted to Philadelphia

Another piece of what may be the Phillies future was added to the roster today with the promotion of 24 year old OF Aaron Altherr from Lehigh Valley. Altherr was a 9th round pick in the 2009 draft.  It is the second trip to Philadelphia for Altherr, who was called up for a weekend last season as a stopgap resulting from injury.  While he is being added because of Maikel Franco being placed on the DL with a broken wrist, this is likely to be a stint that will result in significant playing time through the end of the season for Altherr as the Phils gauge his ability to play consistent major league baseball.

In 111 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, Altherr is hitting .293/.367/.487 spanning 487 plate appearances.  He has an impressive 14HR 67RBI to go with 16SB.  Altherr can play all over the OF and is a plus defender, however played predominately in RF and CF this year in the minors.

Still only 24, with 2500+ minor league AB’s, ALtherr crushed left handed pitching in AAA, hitting at a .353 rate.  On of the primary criticisms of ALtherr in the passed was his free swinging, which is much improved this year with a solid 10%BB/17%K rate.

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Lehigh Valley is currently on a three game tailspin, including getting trounced 11-2 last night by Syracuse.  Over their last 10 games, the ‘Pigs are 5-5 and now sit at 53-66 on the year, good for 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 11 games behind division leading Scranton. Lehigh Valley returns home for a weekend series against Pawtucket, before hitting the road again next week for three in Scranton and three in Pawtucket.  25 games remain in the season.

–Jesse Biddle got hit around last night, lasting just 3.2 innings and gave up 7 runs on 9 hits.Biddle’s ERA in AAA in now approaching 6.

–Since his promotion to AAA, OF Aaron Altherr leads the IL in RBI and is 2nd in Runs.

–OF Brian Bogusevic has hit in his last 10 games, hitting .405 during that time span.

–Newly acquired P Alec Asher is 2-1 with a 2.90ERA in his last 5 starts,4 of those being “quality” starts.

–Over the last two months, SP Jared Eickhoff is 7-1 with a 2.70ERA in his last 11 starts.  In his first week in the Phils organization, Eickhoff was named IL Pitcher of the Week, after allowing just one earned run in 14 innings, spanning two starts.

–INF Chase D’Arnaud is hitting .371 over his last 15 games.

–Since getting sent down from Philadelphia, Sean O’Sullivan has been consistently poor, with an ERA over 6 in his three outings.

–RP Colton Murray has been outstanding as of late, going 6-1 with a 1.35ERA since June 23rd, walking just 4 and striking out 21 in 26.2 innings of work.

‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting: Chase D’Arnaud is 2nd in runs(68), 8th in triples (5) and 9th in SB (24); Brian Bogusevic is 7th in hits (116) and 8th in average (.294); Tyler Henson is 6th in doubles(26); Jordan Danks in 9th in doubles(3); Chris McGuinness is 3rd in walks(55)

Pitching:Cesar Jiminez in 6th in games (41); Seth Rosin is 7th in games (40); Adam Loewen is 9th in saves(10)

Transactions: Comings: David Buchanan (Philadelphia); INF Taylor Pastornicky (Texas Rangers); Dalier Hinojosa (Philadelphia); OF Jordan Danks (Philadelphia)

Goings: P Cesar Jiminez (Philadelphia); INF Devin Lohman (Reading); P Adam Loewen (Philadelphia)

Probables: FRI: Asher; SAT(1): Eickhoff; (2): TBD


Organizational Leaders–Pitching

Need 30IP to qualify; Stats from different organizations not included

Wins: Ricrado Pinto, 11; Aaron Nola 10; Jesse Biddle 9; Ben Lively 8; Colton Murray, 8; Anthony Vasquez 8;Brandon Leibrandt, 7; David Whitehead, 7; Ranfi Casimiro, 7

ERA: Jesen Therrien, 1.03; Joey DeNato, 1.49; Edubray Ramos, 1.51; Ryan O’Sullivan, 1.63; Will Morris, 1.91; Mitch Guellar, 1.93; Reinier Roibal, 1.93; Adam Loewen, 2.01; Yacksel Rios, 2.59; Stephen Schackleford, 2.68

Games: STephen Shackleford, 41; Adam Loewen, 40; Cesar Jiminez, 40; UlisesJoaquin, 39; Seth Rosin, 39; Edubray Ramos, 38;Joey DeNato, 37

Starts: Ben Lively, 21; Jesse Biddle, 21; Ricardo Pinto, 20;;David Whitehead 21;Zach Eflin, 18; Colin Kleven, 18; Brandon Leibrandt 17; Tyler Viza 17

Saves: Stephen SHackleford, 23; Ulises Joaquin, 14; Matt Hockenberry, 13; Adam Loewen, 10; Robert Tasin, 9; Edubray Ramos, 8; Dustin McGowan 8; Alexis Rivero, 8; Joey DeNato, 7

IP: Ben Lively, 123.1; Mark Leiter, 121.2; Ricardo Pinto, 121.2; David Whitehead, 116.2; Jesse Biddle 112; Tyler Viza 109.1; Ranfi Casimiro, 107.1; Anthony Vasquez, 106.2; Eineiry Garcia, 103; Brandon Leibrandt 101.1

K: Mark Leiter, 102; Ricardo Pinto, 91; Ben Lively, 90; Jesse Biddle; 81; David Whitehead, 78; Tyler Viza, 74; Adam Loewen 73; Colin Kleven, 72; Brandon Leibrandt, 67; Anthony Vasquez 66;

WHIP: Edubray Ramos, 0.82; Jesen Therrien, 0.91; Joey DeNato; 0.95; Calvin Rayburn, 0.97; Yackel Rios, 0.98; Brandon Leibrandt 1.02; Alexis Rivero, 1.02; Jason Zgardowski, 1.04; Matt Hockenberry, 1.05; Mitch Guellar; 1.05.

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

After losing five of six, Lehigh Valley began their season long 10 game road trip in Toledo with 3 straight wins and are now 22-13 over their last 35 games, good for 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 11 games behind division leading Scranton.  After one more in Toledo, the ‘Pigs continue on to Columbus for a weekend series.

News and Notes: Jerad Eickhoff was outstanding in his Lehigh Valley debut on Tuesday allowing just one earned run on six hits in six innings of work.  He walked a lone batter and struck out 7, picking up the win. Over the last 10 starts, Eickhoff is 6-1  with a 3.12ERA.

–SInce his promotion in late June, Aaron Altherr ranks 2nd in the IL in both runs scored and RBI’s and has now hit 7 AAA homers (13 overall this year). He also went 34 games in AAA before being held hitless in back to back games.

Chase D’Arnaud has become quite the offensive catalyst for Lehigh Valley.  Over the last 13 games, he has hit safely in 12 and is hitting .346 (18-52) with 17RS and 10SB.  He has been successful in his last 17 SB attempts

-Tyler Henson has hit in 10 of the last 11 games during which he has hit .426 with 11RS.

–RP Adam Loewen remains lights out having been unscored upon in his last 12 games, spanning 15.1IP. He has earned 7 saves during that time period and struck out 1.

–With his two homer night on Monday, Erik Kratz tied a team record.  It was the 26th time the ‘Pigs have had a player homer twice in one game.

–Newly acquired SP Alec Asher has made quality starts in each of his last 3 starts.

Jared Eickhoff, acquired in the Cole Hames deal is 6-1 with a 3.12ERA in his last 10 starts since June 12th, including his Lehigh Valley debut during which he gave up just a lone earned run in six innings of work.

–In his last 12 games combined between AA and AAA, RP COlton Murray has a 1.46ERA, 0.89WHIP, walked just 4 and struck out 20 in 24.2IP.

–Catcher Gabrial Lino is in quite the skid with the bat, going 1 for his last 24 and is hitting just .127 (7-55) over his last 15 games.  That said, his defense has remained very good.

‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting:Chase D’Arnaud is 2nd in runs(65), 9th in SB(23), 4th in triples (4); Tyler Henson is 6th in doubles (26) and 9th in SB(23); Chris McGuiness is 2nd in walks (53)

Pitching:Cesar Jiminez is 4th in games(40); Adam Loewen is 8th in saves(10)

Transactions: Comings: P CHris Leroux (Reading); Colton Murray (Reading); OF Kelly Dugan (Reading); P Alec Asher (Texas); P Jerad Eickhoff (Texas)

Goings: P Severino Gonzalez (DL); David Buchanan (Philadelphia); Dailer Hinojosa (Philadelphia); Jordan Danks (Philadelphia); RP Juan Gutierrez (Released)

Probables: Thur: Vasquez; Fri: Biddle; Sat: Asher; Sun: Eickhoff


Around the System–OF

Plenty to talk about in the OF across the system.

Lehigh Valley

Aaron Altherr, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2009; .296/.364/.483 in 375 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 12HR 58RBI; 15SB; 9%BB/19%K rates; For LV: .301/.354/.486 in 146AB’s; 6HR 29RBI; 7SB; 7%BB/25%K rates; .417 vs LHP; .264 vs RHP; .282 in July. 94 games in the OF without an error; 7 OF assists;  Altherr has had an excellent year and has become one of the most talked about prospects with a healthy debate on when he should be called up.  The transition to Lehigh Valley has been a smooth one with perhaps a higher K rate that should normalize with time. Fielding continues to be excellent.

Brian Bogusevic, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .285/.346/.389 in 347AB’s: 6HR 38RBI; 19SB; 8%BB/19%K rates; .248 vs LHP; .302 vs RHP; .286 with RISP; .186 in July.  80 games in the OF with 1 error (.994); 4 OF assists; Bogusevic has had a very good year overall but has cooled considerably recently.

Kelly Dugan, 24, Phils 2nd round pick in 2009; .309/.389/.398 in 181AB’s between CLearwater, Reading and LV; 1HR 18RBI; 2SB; 8%BB/21%K rates; .209 vs LHP; .352 vs RHP; .394 with RISP.  41 games in the OF with 2 errors (.978); 1 OF assist; A good batting average but plenty to work on for Dugan if he is going to be a major leaguer, including staying on the field, hitting lefties and hitting for power.

Tyler Henson, 27, Re-signed as a free agent in 2015; .268/.304/.363 in 325AB’s; 1HR 45RBI; 22SB; 5%BB/21%K rates; .265 vs LHP; .269 vs RHP; .286 last 30 days; .333 with RISP; 38 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; 36 games at 2B with 11 errors (.944).  Henson is an extremely valuable player because of his versatility and the fact he is one of the best clutch hitters in the minor leagues.


Destin Hood, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .317/.328/.492 in 63 AB’s with Reading; 2HR 11RBI; 15%BB/20%K rates; 15 games in the OF without an error; 2 OF assists; Hood was signed in July after being released by Washington.  He was initially a 2nd round pick back in 2008 and has some talent, which he has shown in the early going with Reading.  He hit .294 in almost of full year of AAA last year (Syracuse) and is a nice depth guy to have here. Continue reading Around the System–OF

Cleaning House

Next to go is OF Ben Revere who was traded this afternoon to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Pitchers Alberto Tirado and Jimmy Cordero.

Cordero, 23, is a big RHP that split time this year between High A and AA (New Hampshire) in the Blue Jays organization.  In 32 games combined, he was 0-1 with a 2.70ERA; 1.20 WHIP to go along with a 3.6/8.3 walk to strikeout ratio.  Cordero is known as a flame thrower who can consistently hit 100 on the radar gun, but is also someone prone to control issues.  He has been a reliever throughout his tenure in the Jays organization and profiles as a set up guy in years to come.  Cordero’s command has been markedly better this year, than in years past.

ALberto Tirado, just 20, was the Jays #17 prospect entering 2015 according to the Jays Journal.  .  Playing for High A Dunedin this year, Tirado is 4-3 with a 3.23ERA and 1.30 WHIP.  He allows a troubling 5.1 walks per 9 innings while striking out a hitter and inning(9.0/9). Once rated a top 10 prospect, Tirado had a difficult 2014 with both control issues and fatigue eating away his effectiveness. He has thrown better this year, but with continued command issues.

As an aside, I don’t quite get the call up of Jordan Danks to fill Revere’s roster spot.  While Danks has a spot on the 40 man roster, he has done nothing this year to warrant a call up.  He has been sub .250 all year with little to no run production and is among the IL leaders in strikeouts.  While really wanting to see Aaron Altherr, I understand the concept of wanting him to get more AAA AB’s.  Brian Bogusevic is really the guy that should be complaining.  He has been among league leaders in avg, runs, and stolen bases all year and plays very good defense.  In any event, maybe this will help solidify the #1 pick in the draft.


July 29 Reading Game Report

Reading 9  Erie 8

After a low scoring affair the night before, this game was clearly going to be a shootout from the beginning.  The Fightin’s won on a walk-off single by Destin Hood (after winning on a walk-off single from Dugan the night before).


BEN LIVELY: I was really hoping to see a good game from Ben, but he did not deliver.  He seemed to spot the ball pretty well and change speeds decently, but he gave up 3 HR’s and other hard hit balls in 5 innings.  The only good news was 5K’s and 0 BB’s.  He reached 94 once, but was usually between 87-91 with his fastball.  On the low end, he varied between 73 and 76.  Here is the breakdown by inning:

1st: Foul popout to catcher/two 4-3 groundouts

2nd: Swinging K/Hard double down LF line/No Doubt HR off roof above the pool in RF/Popout to 2nd base/Swinging K (he had excellent movement on a few pitches in this AB)

3rd: Line single between 1Bman/2Bman/Broken bat 6-4-3 DP/ 2B into left center on a long 9 pitch AB/Fly out to CF Hood who jumped and made a nice catch in front of the wall

4th: Looking K/Infield single up middle/E-4, Greene missed a 2 hopper (during the AB Lively threw a Wild Thing Vaughn wild pitch over everyone straight to the backstop/RBI Double in the RC Gap/3 run HR/2 swinging K’s.  So… Lively struck out the side yet gave up 4 runs (3 earned).

5th:  4-3 groundout/Long bomb HR/F-7 caught in CF/ Infield single (it was a cool play as SS Mora fielded the ball crossing in front of 2nd base, he then flipped the ball to a surprised Brodie Greene (2nd baseman) in hopes that Greene could make a better throw to first.  Greene did relay to first but the batter beat it out/Hard ground single to RF/Swinging K

TOM WINDLE:  Windle has been much improved since going to the bullpen.  He looked good in his first inning, but not as much in his 2nd.  He was usually sitting at 91-92, and topped out at 93.  (All speeds were from the Reading stadium gun which is notoriously off).

6th:  Hard lineout to LF/Bunt right back to the box 1-3/Soft lineout to LF

7th:  Easy flyout to CF/HR (Dean Green’s 2nd of the day- he is a serious power hitter)/BB, at which point he was relieved by O’Sullivan.  (As if this wasn’t enough, I got the “pleasure” of also watching the other O’Sullivan at the Iron Pigs game later).  Stephen Shackelford (Reading closer) pitched a perfect 9th and ended up getting the win.


DUGAN (1-5):  Not a good day for Kelly who K’d three times (once looking, twice swinging at low pitches).  He also grounded out to first base and had a nice single that he served the opposite way into LF

PERKINS (1-4): Line Drive HR right down the LF line/High flyout to shallow CF/Sac Fly to CF/2 swinging K’s on fastballs (94,96 mph).  Cameron also made a nice catch in the field and later threw out a runner trying to score from 2nd on a single.  The run would have given Erie a 9-8 lead in the 8th.

STASSI (1-5):  Swinging K on an 80 mph change-up/Pop out into shallow LC, SS made a very nice over the shoulder catch or he would have had a single/2 run triple (could easily have just been a single, the left-fielder dove in for the ball, missed it and it bounced right over him and rolled to the track)/Hard 1-3 grounder back to the box/E-4 which extended the inning.   Brock scored the winning run from 2nd when Hood delivered the walk-off single.

KNAPP (2-3):  Hard ground single up the middle (scored from 1st on a Hood double)/Double that one-hopped off the left-centerfield fence/BB/Groundout to 1B/BB (worked the count full in the 9th) which moved Stassi into scoring position and set-up the winning hit.  Knapp also had a 2-run 2B in the 4-run 9th inning rally the previous night, along with a walk.

JPC had the day off so there wasn’t anyone else to report on.  Angelo Mora doubled, tripled, and singled in his first three AB’s but did not get a hit the rest of the way (seemed to be swinging extra hard in hopes of hitting one out and completing the cycle).  Harold Martinez went 2-4 and raise his average to .303.


There is no point in doing a report from last night’s LV game since Altherr is the only prospect there.  He had a rough day vs SWB ace, Luis Severino, bugt still found ways to contribute.  Here are his AB’s:

K’d looking at an 86 mph 2-2 pitch/5-4 FC, hustled to avoid the DP- went to 2nd on a WP, 3rd on a deep flyout, and scored on another WP/HBP on a 1-2 pitch after fouling off 5- one of which was a long shot down LF line/K’d looking with runners on 1st and 3rd, looked at 2 strikes and couldn’t check his swing on the other