Sunday notes, 19 April 2015

Hello, it’s me. I have a few brief thoughts on the first few weeks of the season and of course the upcoming MLB draft. My hope is that I will be able to start writing more frequently. Work and other obligations have kept me very busy recently, and I have quite a bit of upcoming travel, so it may be tough, but I am going to do my best.

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Threshers Win Again; April 18, 2015

The Threshers began the day alone in first place in the FSL North Division.  They beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 7-3 in a regular nine inning game.  The win raised their record to 7-3 and they remained in sole possession of first place in their division.

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Box Score Recap – 4/17/2015

Lehigh Valley lost to Buffalo and fell to 3-6.  Maikel Franco went 3-4 (2-3 off Randy Wolf) with his 6th double.  Adam Morgan pitched 5.0 innings and took the loss.  He gave up 5 runs (3 ER) on 6 hits.  Looks like he pitched well and tired in the 5th inning when he gave up the 3 ER.  He threw 87 pitches, 54 strikes.

Reading beat Richmond, 7-1.  Aaron Nola allowed 4 hits over 6.0 shut out innings.  He walked one and struck out 5.  He threw 86 pitches, 62 strikes.  Roman Quinn went 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, 3 SB.  Aaron Altherr made his first start and went 2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, and an outfield assist.  Brock Stassi, Gabriel Lino, and KC Serna each had 2 hits.  Stassi added 3 more RBIs to his league leading total. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/17/2015

Threshers Win on Cozens’ Walk Off; April 17, 2015

The Threshers beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers in a game that amounted to a pitching duel between their respective pitching staffs.  They won the game 4-3 on a single by Dylan Cozens in the seventeenth inning.

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Update on Jake Sweaney

A lot of us have been curious about Jake Sweaney’s absence in Florida.  I received the following embedded in a comment thread and thought it best to share with you as a report so that all can see.  Thank you, Mr. Sweaney, for providing this information.

“Jim, Jake just had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Dr Elattrache performed the surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic and said everything went well. We’ll see!!!! He suffered a partial tear last year and they tried to just let it rest over the winter. It fully tore in spring training on a triple hit to the right field wall when he picked it up and threw in to the cutoff man. Keep up the great articles. I look forward to reading them every day, and I can’t wait to start reading them when Jake is playing again. Thanks Andy Sweaney”

I know we all wish Jake a speedy recovery.

Box Score Recap – 4/16/2015

Lehigh Valley lost to the Buffalo Bisons, 5-1.  Seve Gonzalez got roughed up early in his 5.0 innings.  He gave up 5 ER on 10 hits and 2 HRs.  Phillippe Aumont struck out 3 in 2.0 innings of relief.  The ‘Pigs managed only 5 hits.  Maikel Franco went 2 -4 (.323) with his 5th double.  Tommy Joseph went 0-4 but threw out an attempted base stealer.

Reading – no game scheduled. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/16/2015

Box Score Recap – 4/15/2015

Lehigh Valley won 8-5 over Syracuse.  Chad Billingsley threw 73 pitches (44 (strikes) in an effective start.  He allowed 2 hits and 2 walks while recording 3 strike outs in 5.0 innings of shut out ball.  Jason Berken got the win after blowing the save opportunity.   After the Chiefs tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, the IronPigs exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the frame.  Miguel Franco went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBIs in the seventh. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/15/2015

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

The weekly report will be back as a regular Wednesday/Thursday feature throughout the year.  If there is anything additional that you all are looking for beyond what I am reporting, always feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts!

The first week of the ‘Pigs season has had some good, some bad and some ugly after a 3-4 week which included multiple extra inning affairs, one ending with two position players on the mound.  The week ended on the upswing with consecutive victories over Syracuse, including an 8-5 win in this mornings game.  A week in, Lehigh Valley is in 3rd place of the Northern Division of the International League, 2 games behind division leading Pawtucket.  Lehigh Valley hits the road for the first time this year with their next four games in Buffalo followed by three in Scranton.

News and Notes: OF Jordan Danks has hit safely in his first five games to start the year.

–The average age of the Lehigh Valley opening day roster is just under 27.

–Pitchers Ethan Martin and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez have both started the season on the DL with right shoulder inflammation

–There has been speculation about Phillippe Aumont moving into the role of a starter or long reliever after several years of mediocrity or worse out of the bullpen.

–Its scary that–Only three players on the Lehigh Valley 25 man roster were originally drafted by the Phils (Morgan, Knigge, Murray)

‘Pigs Prospects: Each week we will take a deeper dive into the details of three or four players.  Those players will alternate weekly among those most likely to see time with the big club as true prospects.  For this week:

Maikel Franco–The low light of the week for Franco was his one game benching after his admiration for a ball he hit off the wall on Saturday, a shot he turned into a single with his slow trot for 90 feet down the first base line, presumably thinking he had hit a HR.  That said, Franco has come out of the gate stronger than in years passed and is hitting .296 with 1HR and 7RBI through the first week of the season.  He has been solid at third and noticeably more patient at the plate, walking several times.

Tommy Joseph–A very slow start for Joseph, who is trying to bounce back from a lost year last year.  Through 18 AB’s, Joseph is hitting .167 and albeit with a very small sample size, has struck out in 39% of his plate appearances, without walking.  Joseph has thrown out 2 of the 6 runners attempting to steal on him thus far.

Colton Murray has looked very good with three scoreless outings, spanning 5.1 innings to start the season.  Control has been a bit of an issue as he has yielded walks in each of his three appearances and that will catch up to him in time.  Murray has yielded just 2 hits and struck out 3 while earning his first AAA save in his 3rd appearance.

Next week: Severino Gonzalez and Adam Morgan

Transactions: Sean O’Sullivan was called up to Philadelphia last Sunday.  RP Cesar Jiminez was outrighted to Lehigh Valley in the corresponding roster move.  On Monday, largely because of an overworked bullpen, RP Mike Nesseth was promoted to Lehigh Valley and Phllippe Aumont was (at least on paper) sent to Reading.  Aumont in actuality remained in Allentown and was unavailable to pitch for several days because of an extended four inning outing. Prior to the game on Wednesday, Nesseth was returned to Reading and Aumont was “promoted” back to Lehigh Valley.

‘Pigs League Leaders:  This feature will begin next week after a sufficient statistical sample from around the league is gained.

Probables: Thur: S. Gonzalez; Fri: Morgan; Sat: Clemens; Sun: Rodriguez