Monthly Archives: August 2009

‘Pigs Weekend Update

8/29/09-After a rainout Friday night in Syracuse, Lehigh Valley played two on Saturday with Gustavo Chacin getting the start in Game One.  Neither team could muster any offense until Chacin allowed a grand slam to Ian Desmond, giving the Chiefs a 4-0 lead in the 4th inning. That hit was all Syracuse needed as the ‘Pigs managed just three hits, getting shutout for the tenth time this season. Chacin threw a complete game (although the game was shortened due to minor league doubleheader rules) going 6 innings and giving up 4 runs on 3 hits.  He walked 4 and struck out 1.  The only notable offensively for Lehigh Valley was John Mayberry was was 2-3 with a double. Continue reading ‘Pigs Weekend Update

Drabek Shut Down

The Phillies have placed Kyle Drabek on the inactive list after throwing 158 innings this year.  It was stressed that Drabek is not injured, he is simply being shut down after reaching what the Phils set as his inning limit. The 21 year old righty was 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA for Clearwater.  He threw 61.2 innings and walked 19, while striking out 74.  Opponents hit just .218 against him in “A” ball.  After his promotion to AA Reading, Drabek went 8-2 with a 3.64 ERA in 15 starts, throwing 96.1 innings.  He walked 31, struck out 76 and AA opponents hit .252 against him.  In five August starts, Drabek was 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA.  I would look for him in the Lehigh Valley rotation to begin next year.

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

A good week for Lehigh Valley going 5-2, although with 12 games left in the International League season, Lehigh Valley is at 64-68, in 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 9 games behind division leading Scranton.

‘Pig Leaders–Andy Tracy is 4th in the league in runs (71); leads the league in walks (68), 2nd in RBI’s (85)and 2nd in homers (24); Mike Cervenak is 9th in hits (122) and 4th in RBI’s (74); Rich Thompson is 7th in triples (5) and 6th in stolen bases (26).  On the mound, Drew Carpenter is 4th in the league in Wins (10), 8th in ERA (3.33), 3rd in IP (143.1), 5th in strikeouts (115) and 3rd in homers allowed (17); Kyle Kendrick is 9th in ERA (3.38) and 4th in WHIP (1.19). Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Box Score Roundup; August 26th

Back in the saddle again, a bunch of interesting notes to get to. The minor league season is winding down, the last week of games is the first week of September, and then any playoff action. Gregg is going to be covering the AFL games when they get started. And then once the season ends, I have a number of articles I want to crank out, as well as continued tweaks to the site. I’m going to save the draft reviews till the offseason, just because I’ll have more time to spend on them. So, all of that said, to the box scores…

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Between the Ears: The Mental Side of Pitching

Many of you have asked about pitch calling and the mental approach to the game. I have also been asked to put some film up on the site, so you can see what I am trying to describe. This article kills 2 birds with one stone. At the bottom of this paragraph you will find 2 links. The first is the 8th inning and the second is the 9th inning of my most recent outing, August 20, 2009, a 2 inning save vs Dunedin Blue Jays. I will explain to you what my thought process was behind each pitch I threw. My advice is to click on the video and go pitch by pitch with me. As in read my commentary on the pitch, watch the pitch, press pause, and then go to the next one. Obviously you can do whatever you want, but I think this would make the most sense.

8th inning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb2C0g5FhYU

9th inning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrl3VSBwTDI

THE SITUATION: I have just been called in to relieve Julian Sampson in the 8th inning. We are winning 1-0 and there are runners on first and second with no outs. At bat for the Jays is Manny Rodriguez, their left handed cleanup hitter. Keep in mind, I have pitched against the Blue Jays multiple times this season, so I know their hitters tendencies pretty well, and they know how I pitch.

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Site design notes

As I mentioned recently, I’ve been working on tweaking the site a bit, changing the layout of some features and trying to improve the overall quality of the content here, specifically the presentation, which I’ve never been really 100% happy with. With the help of frequent commenter BC, I’ve added a new page at the top of the site called “Profiles“, which, as you can imagine, contains player profiles. Previously, I had links to these profiles on the left side of the page, but it was confusing and the layout wasn’t very good. Now, all of the profiles are in one place and they will be easier to find. The information listed in the profiles is not complete, I’m going to continue to update things. I’m also going to add stat charts under every player at the end of the season, as well as links to various articles and also scouting video when I can find it. If you come across articles on players, please post them in the comments ON THE PROFILES PAGE, don’t post them here, and I’ll then add them at the appropriate spot. By adding the profiles page at the top, I’ve removed some of the clutter from the left side of the navigation panel, which should make things cleaner.

That is all.

Arizona Fall League representatives?

Its just about that time again where the rosters for the Arizona Fall League will be announced. The rules for eligibility are pretty simple.

* Each MLB team generally sends 6 guys.
* 5 of the 6 players selected must come from AA and AAA, 1 can come from A ball
* International players (ie, non-drafted free agents) are only eligible if their country of origin does not have organized winter ball.

So, looking at those requirements, lets have your guesses.

Update –> Thanks to andyb, here are the rosters

Cisco, Mathieson, Schwimer, Zagurski
Gosewich, Hanzawa, Brown, Susdorf

Freddy Galvis promoted to AA

According to Todd Zolecki’s twitter, Freddy Galvis has been promoted to AA Reading. The reasoning for this escapse my grasp. Even if you concede that Galvis is a defensive wiz, he’s only 19, and he wasn’t hitting all that much in the FSL, where he was 2 years younger than the average prospect. Now he moves to AA, making one of the biggest jumps for a hitter, from A ball to AA. Your guess is as good (or better) as mine.

‘Pigs Weekend Update, Cairo Called Up

8/21/09–Andy Tracy continued swinging a very hot bat, leading Lehigh Valley to their 9-1 victory over Scranton on Friday evening. Tracy was 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a homer (24) and 3 RBI’s, and hit his 4th homer over the last three games. Kyle Kendrick (7-7) started and was very strong, going 6 innings, and giving up just a run on 3 hits. It was a night when the ‘Pigs hit in the clutch, going 7-17 with RISP, with Mike Cervenak and Jason Ellison helping lead the way, both with multi hit games.

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