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
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
This afternoon, we enjoyed one of the many quirky promotions that you encounter in minor league parks – Bark at the Park. Afterward, we were treated to a Cole Hamels’ start for the Threshers.
Hamels’ second pitch was rocketed over the right field wall by Jays’ star Dwight Smith, Jr. In the third inning, Hamels hit the number 9 batter in the heel while ahead in the count. He proceeded to pick the runner off first base. Good thing, too. Smith followed with another bomb over the wall in right center.
Including a single off the shortstop (I had scored it E6), Hamels line was – Continue reading
The Threshers faced JA Happ on a rehab assignment tonight. Happ proved to be a formidable foe for the young team. Happ retired the Threshers in order in 3 of his 5 innings. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk. He struck out five. In the 4 innings after Happ exited the game the Jays bullpen limited the Threshers to 2 hits and a walk.
Meanwhile, The Jays greeted starter Jon ProsinskI with 4 consecutive hits in the first inning. ProsinskI settled down and got out of the inning allowing only 2 runs. Continue reading
Tonight we were treated to an old fashioned pitchers’ duel in a 10-inning Threshers 2-1 victory. All three runs were tainted by errors, 2 were unearned. Through 9 innings, both teams had been able to manage only 1 run and 2 hits each.
Ethan Stewart put together a quality start in his first outing of the season. After a first inning sequence that began with an infield error, a 5-pitch walk, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly to center, Stewart Continue reading
Tonight’s game was the season opener for both teams. One of the perks of being a season ticket holder in the Florida State League is that you can gain admittance to any FSL park when your team is playing. I took advantage of that tonight and sat about 10 feet from Charley Manuel. Cool. Cooler still, Dunedin posts pitch speed on their scoreboard. Continue reading
I just received exciting news. The Clearwater Threshers have agreed to provide me with press credentials for the 2014 Threshers season, XST, and GCL.
Understandably, at this level, they do not have an open clubhouse. I will have to arrange any interviews with players and coaches through the front office. So, provide me with the names of players/coaches you would like to hear from and I will do my best. If you have specific questions you would like answered, you can forward those too.
You can provide both in the comments section or if, you would like, you can e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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.
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.