Daily Archives: July 19, 2009

Trade Discussion, Week of July 20th

I know that Halladay mania has swept this site, and most of Phillies fandom, and that’s fine, its something legitimately exciting and definitely something worth talking about. But it has started to invade every other corner of this site, and in sticking with my past preferences, I’d like to fence off all the trade talk into one spot, and this is going to be the spot. I’ll make sure this post stays on the first page of the site so its easy to find, but please do not post your trade chatter in other discussion topics. Thanks.

A review of my Top 30

I’ve been meaning to take a look at my top 30 rankings from this past winter, so I suppose now is as good a time as any. I’ll just give a brief sentence on each, and whether I think their stock is up, down, or unchanged. This isn’t my current top 30 ranking, I’m not moving anyone around from my prior ranking, just giving a brief comment on each guy. So, here goes, check below the fold…

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‘Pigs Weekend Update

After rain washed out the game Friday night, a doubleheader was scheduled on Saturday with Gustavo Chacin getting the call in Game One, and falling behind early 3-0, giving up runs almost every time he fell behind in the count.  The ‘Pigs couldn’t get their offense going until the fourth, and when they did, the floodgates opened.  The six run fourth included a Miguel Cairo RBI single, 3 run double by JJ Furmaniak and a two run homer by Jason Ellison (4)off of Rochester starter Phil Humber. Rochester bounced back with two more runs off of Chacin (4-3), in the sixth, who departed having gone 5.1 innings, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out 1.  With the score 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth, Mike Cervenak ripped an RBI triple, which gave Lehigh Valley the all important insurance run in the shortened 7 inning game. Jack Taschner came in and pitched a scoreless 7th to pick up his first save of the year.  David Newhan continued scorching the ball against Rochester with 3 hits, while Cervenak added two of his own. Continue reading ‘Pigs Weekend Update

Around the System (Outfield)

A second look at the outfielders in the Phils system, prior to the trading deadline.

Lehigh Valley

Jason Ellison, Age 31, 81 games in the OF–.241/.324/.328; 4 HR 23 RBI , 7 SB, .219 with RISP, 9 outfield assists, 1 error

Rich Thompson, Age 30, 74 games in the OF, .249/.313/.349; 2 HR 27 RBI, 18 SB, .295 with RISP, .162 vs. LHP, 7 OF assists, 1 error

Mike Spidale, Age 27, 49 games in the OF, .296/.336/.422; 3 HR 23 RBI, 8 SB, 3 assists, 1 error (combined Reading/Lehigh Valley)

David Newhan, Age 35, 22 games in the OF, 12 at DH, 2 at SS, 5 at 3B, 15 at SS.  .274/.339/.429.  6 HR 32 RBI, 1 SB.  .291 with RISP. .405 vs. LHP.

Michael Taylor, AGe 23, 79 games in the OF, 20 at DH.  .329/.405/.567.  16 HR 67 RBI, 19 SB, 6 OF assists, 1 error. (combined stats) Continue reading Around the System (Outfield)

Daily Discussion

A Nationals Scout has been at Coca Cola Park checking out Lehigh Valley the last three nights and is following the team to Charlotte for their three game series against the Knights.

Joe Savery had a rough night in his first post all star game start, taking the loss (12-2), and giving up six runs on 8 hits in 5 innings of work last night for Reading.

Michael Schwimer pitched two shutout innings for Clearwater last night, striking out 5 of the 6 hitters he faced, while Steve Susdorf added another multihit game to his book, raising his average with CLearwater to .414.

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