Around the System–Middle Infield

A look at middle infielders around the system.  The only move to make as of now is JP Crawford to Reading which I expect to happen by mid June.

Lehigh Valley

Cord Phelps, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2015: .200/.285/.275 in 120 AB’s; 2HR 9RBI; 1SB; 11%BB/16%K rates; .156 vs. LHP; .216 vs. RHP; 259 in May; 21 games at 2B with 2 errors (.980); 4.52 R/F; 10 games at 3B with 2 errors (.935). Phelps had an awful start but has started to heat up as of late.

Edgar Duran, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2007; .135/.220/.162 in 72AB’s; 0HR 5RBI; 8%BB/13%K rates; 26 games at SS with 5 errors (.958); 4.38 R/F; Simply overmatched offensively at this level.  Solid on defense.  Placed on the DL last week.

Chase D’Arnaud, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .308/.355/.341 in 85AB’s; 0HR 5RBI; 5/8SB; 6%BB/13%K rates; .276 vs. LHP; .317 vs. RHP; .293 in May; 21 games at SS with 5 errors (.949);4.48 R/F; Has also played 1 game at 2B and 2 games in the OF. D’Arnaud is one of those kinds that you have to find room for in the lineup.  He does the little things that help a team win.

Jayson Nix, 32, Acquired from Baltimore in 2015; Hitting .053 in 19AB’s for Lehigh Valley


Tony Thomas, 28, SIgned as free agent in 2015; .209/.264/.328 in 67AB’s; 0HR 4RBI; 1SB; 4%BB/33%K rates; .188 vs. LHP; .213 vs. RHP; .226 in May; 15 games at 2B with 2 errors (.967); 3.87 R/F. Has also played 3 games at SS with 1 error and 2 games in the OF.  Thomas has one of the highest strikeout rates in the organization.  Defensively, he has been fine. Continue reading Around the System–Middle Infield

Box Score Recap – 5/22/2015

Lehigh Valley (17-26) beat the Charlotte Knights, 3-1.  Again.  Cody Asche went 1-4, Dom Brown 0-3 with a walk and stolen base.  Jason Berken pitched 5.0 shutout innings for the win.  Cesar Jimenez picked up his 4th save.  Phillippe Aumont (1-1, 1.38) pitches tomorrow.

Reading (21-18) beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 6-2.  Zach Eflin pitched 8.2 inningsof 4-hit, 5 strike out ball.  Eflin had faced one batter over the minimum through the first 8 innings.  Lee Ridenhour threw 2 pitches to gain his first save.  Brock Stassi went 3-3 with 2 RBI.  Gabriel Lino went 3-4 with a home run and 2 RBI.  Roman Quinn had a hit but was picked off second and caught stealing for the 7th time this season.  Tom Windle (0-3, 5.35) pitches game one of a double header tomorrow, the game two pitcher is still TBD. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/22/2015

Box Score Recap – 5/21/2015

Lehigh Valley (16-26) beat the Charlotte Knights, 3-1.  Cody Asche went 2-4 with 2 doubles.  Brian Bogusevic hit a 2-run home run.  Joely Rodriguez allowed 4 hits in 7.0 innings and walked three.  IronPigs pitchers held the Knights to 4 hits but walked six.  Kyle Drabek took the loss for Charlotte.  Jason Berken pitches Friday.

Reading (20-18) – no game scheduled.  Zach Eflin pitches Friday in Portland. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/21/2015

Box Score Recap – 5/20/2015

Lehigh Valley beat Syracuse, 2-1.  Vasquez pitched a nice game and got a hit to boot.

Reading beat New Hampshire, 4-0.  Nola pitched seven, four hit innings and struck out seven.  103 pitches, about 68% strikes.  Stassi hit his 5th home run.  Lino had 2 RBI.  Quinn picked up an OF assist. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/20/2015

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Lehigh Valley has finally begin playing somewhat consistent baseball after their awful start, having won 5 of their last 7 games on this road trip, including three straight and now sit at 15-26,  still in last place of the Northern Division of the International League, 8.5 games behind division leading Rochester.  The ‘Pigs return home for four games with Charlotte starting tomorrow and then hit the road once again for a four game set against Gwinnett next week.

News and Notes: SP David Buchanan suffered a significant ankle injury on Sunday and will miss the next 6-8 weeks after being carted off the field in his third start for Lehigh Valley, after being sent down from Philadelphia.  Anthony Vasquez will be taking Buchanan’s place in the rotation.

–Phillippe Aumont has made three consecutive “quality starts” for the first time in his career.  His next start comes Saturday. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Box Score Recap – 5/19/2015

Lehigh Valley won the suspended game from Monday night, 2-1 on Russ Canzler’s pinch single.

The IronPigs won the scheduled game against Syracuse, 5-4.  Adam Morgan couldn’t hold an early 4-0 lead.  Cody Asche and Dom Brown each went 2-5 with a double.  Tyler Henson went 3-4 with 3 RBI.

Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/19/2015

Box Score Recap – 5/18/2015

Lehigh Valley and Syracuse had their game suspended in the tenth with the score tied 1-1.  It will be continued tomorrow.  Phillippe Aumont pitched well after a 2-walk first.  He pitched 6.0 innings and gave up only a solo home run among the 4 hits he allowed.  Dustin McGowan struck out the side in his one inning.  Seth Rosin threw two scoreless innings.  The Chiefs Taylor Jordan pitched 9.0 innings before being replaced at the start of the tenth.  Dom Brown is 3-4 with the IronPigs one RBI. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/18/2015

Around the System–OF

A look at the performance of the systems outfielders through the first 5 weeks of the season.  Some disappointment, but significant areas to be excited about.  Two moves I would make before the end of the month: Aaron Altherr to Lehigh Valley and Carlos Tocci to Clearwater.

Lehigh Valley

Brian Bogusevic, 31, SIgned as a free agent in 2015; .333/.401/.439 in 132 AB’s; 2HR 13RBI; 4SB; 10%BB/14%K rates; .270 vs LHP; .358 vs. RHP; .367 in May. 29 games in the OF without an error; 3 OF assists; Bogusevic has been the best OF in Lehigh Valley this year, by a wide margin.

Jordan Danks, 28, SIgned as a free agent in 2015; .279/.331/.333 in 111AB’s; 1HR 15RBI; 1SB; 8%BB/20%K rates; .313 vs. LHP, .266 vs. RHP; .314 in last 10 games; 29 games in the OF without an error; 1 assist; Solid numbers thus far.

Cody Asche, 24, Phils 4th round pick in 2011; .269/.346/.269 in 26AB’s; 0HR 2RBI; 5 games in the OF with 1 error; Too early for comment.

Domonic Brown, 27, Phils 20th round pick in 2006; .250/.298/.304 in 112AB’s; 0HR 14RBI; 5SB; 3%bb/14%k rates; .314 vs. LHP; .221 vs. RHP; .279 in last 10 games. 24 games in the OF with 2 errors (.983); 1 OF assist.  Brown in starting to play a bit better, but a .304 SLG%?  Come on.


Aaron Altherr, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2009; .279/.356/.500 in 104 AB’s; 4HR 20RBI; 4SB; 11%BB/14%K rates; .325 in last 10 games. 25 games in the OF without an error; 3 OF assists; Altherr has been consistent and significantly improved his BB/K rates, an issue that has plagued him in the past.  I would like to see him in Lehigh Valley come June. Continue reading Around the System–OF

Open Discussion: Week of May 18th

Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.

Jonathan Papelbon made 4 appearances and finished 4 games this week, converting 3 save opportunities.  After 39 games, Papelbon has made 16 appearances, 15 games finished (9 saves, 6 non-saves).

Some other random stuff to light the fire –

  • Maikel Franco was called up and hit his first major league home run and triple on Sunday.
  • The Phillies held off on calling Franco up to the majors until he was ready.  It’s just a coincidence that they brought him up on the exact day that guaranteed them another year of control.  But that was not a consideration.  Nudge.  Nudge.  Wink.  Wink.  Say no more.  Say no more.  Actually, that is within the rules of the CBA, so I don’t have a problem with it.  That’s just a smart baseball decision.
  • Chase Utley .138/.214/.241/.455 (has shown some improvement, lowest in all 4 slash components of any Phillies position player, 3 SP have higher BA – Hamels .231/.231/.231/.462; Buchanan .167/.167/.333/.500; Billingsley .200/.200/.800/1.000
  • Billingsley has more HR (1) than Blanco, Hernandez, Revere, Ruiz, Rupp, and Sizemore.
  • Phillies have MLB low 22 HR, and are competing with Milwaukee for NL worst  .227/.282/.332/.614.
  • NL low 120 runs scored.
  • Their team ERA of 4.10 is back up to middle-of-the-pack.
  • had been middle-of-the-road, but has now dropped to the bottom 4 in the NL.  They still have allowed the most walks (135).
  • Their 5 game winning streak has boosted their winning percentage to .410, and has brought more teams into play for the top draft picks.  There are still 4 teams with sub .400 winning percentages.  But, there are enough teams playing poorly that continued good baseball could make the race for a protected pick more interesting than earlier anticipated.  (I’m laughing as I type that.)

Box Score Recap – 5/17/2015

Lehigh Valley lost to Rochester, 5-3.  David Buchanan was taken from the field with an apparent right leg injury in the third inning with one out in a scoreless game.  Adam Loewen came on to earn the loss.   Asche, 1-4.  Brown, 2-4.  Jayson Nix made his IronPigs debut, 0-4. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/17/2015