Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Another 3-4 week for Lehigh Valley, who are now 16, -24, 8.5 games behind division leading Scranton in the Northern Division of the International League.

League Leaders, thru 5/19; Hitting: DeWayne Wise is leading the league in triples (5); Cody Ransom is tied for 3rd in homers, is 3rd in the league in strikeouts (49)and is 10th in RBIS (26);  John Mayberry is tied for 9th in homers (6); Rich Thompson is 3rd in the league in average (.337).  Pitching: Nate Bump is tied for 5th in Wins (4), tied for 4th in the league in starts (8), 3rd in IP (51), 5th in WHIP (1.12) and 4th in ERA (2.29); Scott Mathieson is 6th in the league in saves (6).  Ryan Vogelsong is 8th in the league in strikeouts(43).

Week In Review:

Monday–Lehigh Valley closed out their road trip with one of the most bizarre endings, in an 8-7, 15 inning victory over Gwinnett.  After Oscar Villarreal squandered a four run lead in the 9th inning, tying the game at 7, it took three hit batsman in the 15th inning followed by a Brian Bocock sac fly, that gave Lehigh Valley the victory.  In a game where Brandon Duckworth got his 2nd start of the year five hours earlier, Alex Concepcion (1-1) got the win in relief, going two shutout innings. Duckworth threw 5 innings and threw well, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits.  He walked one and struck out 8.   It seemed Lehigh Valley was comfortably ahead on the strength of a two run homer by John Mayberry (6) and a three run shot by Cody Ransom (9), before the wheels fell off in the ninth.  Ehren Wasserman , who had been struggling quite a bit recently, threw four shutout innings to help the ‘Pigs settle things down after the rough outing by Villarreal.  Mayberry led the offensive show with a huge night, going 4-6, 2b, hr, 4r, and 3 rbi, while Cody Ransom had a big night as well going 3-5 with his three run homer.

Tuesday–Lehigh Valley returned home to face Louisville and it was a pitchers duel in Allentown with Nate Bump on the hill, pitching very effectively again, going 8 innings, giving up just a run on 3 hits in the 2-1, 16 inning Lehigh Valley loss.  Bump struck out three and walked one. Reds prospect Travis Wood looked excellent, striking out 11 Iron Pigs. The lone Lehigh Valley run came in the first inning on a John Mayberry RBI single.  A one out triple in the 16th off of Oscar Villarreal, followed by an RBI single by Zach Cozart gave Louisville the victory.  The ‘Pigs left 11 runners on base in extra innings alone, and struck out 19 times on the evening. The bullpen, after a very long night on Monday, threw 7 shutout innings (Mathieson, Vogelsong, Gordon, ZagurskI) before Villlarreal. AFter participating in the longest game in team history Monday evening, that record was broken one night later with this 16 inning game.

Wednesday–Louisville threw Aroldis Chapman was very impressive in the 4-2 Lehigh Valley loss to Louisville on Wednesday evening. The Cuban prospect threw 5.2 shutout innings before being removed with a blister on his hand in the 6th.  The ‘Pigs needed a lengthy outing from Joe Savery (0-4) and got one as he went 6 effective innings, giving up 3 runs (1 earned), on 7 hits.  He walked 3 and struck out 6, throwing 107 pitches.  Lehigh Valley needed innings from both their starter and designated innings eater Ty Taubenheim, recalled from  Reading, for just that purpose, and did save their bullpen in the loss. Louisville pitchers dominated once again until Lehigh Valley was able to put two runs on the board in the 9th on a Dane Sardinha RBI single.  Rich Thompson flied out with two men on to end the game. Costly defensive miscues by Luis Maza and John Mayberry played a key role in the Lehigh Valley loss. Taubenheim threw 3 innings, yielding a run.

Thursday– A morning game in Lehigh Valley, with Andrew Carpenter taking the mound and pitching well in the 8-4 ‘Pigs victory.  Louisville scored once in the first but a three run homer by Cody Ransom (10), gave Lehigh Valley a 3-1 lead.  After Louisville scored single runs in both the 4th and 5th, a two run double by Chris Duffy gave Lehigh Valley a 5-3 lead.  Carpenter left having gone 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits.  He walked 1 and struck out 4.  Louisville continued inching back, however a John Suomi three run homer in the 8th put the game away for Lehigh Valley.  Scott Mathieson again pitched a scoreless 9th, throwing consistently in the mid 90’s and reaching 98 and 99 several times, striking out two. Luis Maza had 2 hits for Lehigh Valley.

‘Pigs Prospects

John Mayberry had a very hot start to the week, but a very cool end, and ended up 9-31 on the week with a homer and 4 RBI’s.  On the year .281/.357/.508 with 6 HR and 25 RBI’s.  He has stolen 3 bases without getting caught and his K rate is 22%.

Scott Mathieson is now 6 for 6 in save opportunities and has allowed 1 run in his last 11 appearances, encompassing 13 innings.  On the year, Mathieson is now 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 16 games.  He has 6 saves, and has not blown a save.  In his 20.2 IP, he has walked 6 and struck out 23, and has a WHIP of 0.91.  Opponents are hitting under .190 against him.  Ruben??

Andrew Carpenter is 3-1 with a 2.19  ERA in his last 4 starts (24.2 IP 6ER). He has pitched much more confidantly, and is now 4-4on the year  in his 8 starts with a 3.98 ERA.  He has walked 14 and struck out 25 in his 43 innings of work, with a WHIP of 1.37.  He is looking much more like the pitcher we saw last year in Lehigh Valley, then what he exhibited the first several starts.

Joe Savery–Despite not winning a game, Savery has thrown 4 consecutive “quality starts”, his first 4 of 2010.  This week he had 2 starts, losing both but going 12 innings, allowing 4 earned runs on 11 hits.  He walked 8 and struck out 9.  On the year, Savery is 0-4 with a 4.38 ERA.  39IP 45H 20BB 25K, 5 HRS allowed; 1.67 WHIP.  The opposition is hitting .288 against him, but just .200 with RISP.

Transactions: Because of the decimation in the Lehigh Valley bullpen thanks to the two long extra inning games, Ty Taubenheim and his 23.82 ERA were “promoted” from AA Reading to primarily eat innings and give the bullpen a break if necessary. Taubenheim, 27, was fairly successful as a starter last season for AAA Indianapolis with a 3.65 ERA in 19 starts, but has been absolutely horrid in the few appearances he has made for Reading this season. Andy Tracy was placed on the DL with a strained shoulder retroactive to May 17.  After throwing 3 innings in the game Wednesday evening, Taubenheim was sent back to Reading and Reliever John Ennis was promoted to Lehigh Valley for the game on Thursday.

Notes: —John Mayberry’s 4 runs scored on Monday tied a franchise record. The game itself, that went 4:52 was the longest in team history in reference to time of playtime.  Tough night on a get away night.

–Expect to see Phils Catcher Brian Schneider at Coca Cola Park this weekend on a rehab assignment. The Northampton native is expected to play 5 innings Friday, 7 innings Saturday and the full game on Sunday.

Brian Mazone has thrown his last 9.2 innings without giving up an earned run.

DeWayne Wise was a late scratch from the lineup on Thursday with an ankle issue.

–Lehigh Valley batted just .158 with RISP during their recent road trip.

–Over the two extra innings games, the bullpen pitched 18 innings in two nights.  Hitters, meanwhile, struck out a combined 38 times.

Nate Bump has given up just 3ER in his last 21 innings of work.

–WIth Sardinha’s RBI SIngle, Lehigh Valley broke a franchise record, 24 inning scoreless streak.

–Weekend Probables: Friday: Mazone, Saturday: Duckworth, Sunday: Bump

34 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

  1. Glad to see that Savery is getting better results but the 8 walks are still a big red flag.

  2. I don’t know much about Nate Bump, does anyone know what pitches he throws and velocity on his FB. If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t he a hot prospect early in his career.

    Has he put himself in position to be the next emergency starter or would that still be Andrew Carpenter?

  3. Bump has 21 K’s in 51 innings. Given his MLB track record, he couldn’t possibly survive in the majors at this point.

  4. What? No love for 26 year old Mayberry on this site. 24 year old, Overbeck (in A ball) is the answer to our prayers at 3b, but no excitement for a 26 year old in AAA?

  5. Alan
    Throw out Bumps track record. He was out of baseball and got a call from a coach who COMPLETELY revised his delivery.
    But you probably knew that .

  6. I didn’t. But I’ve heard stories of “new stance” or “new delivery” all the time. The bottom line is that whatever he’s done has not led to higher strikeout totals. And my experience watching AAA guys tells me that these low K guys just can’t survive the majors.

  7. Anonymous, I know you are a expert in prospects, but mayberry still cant hit a curve according to scouts, so why should we love him. he has had a chance and failed.

  8. Rocky, How many MLB AB’s did he get in games he started? 57 total is your answer, and how many of those were PH’s?
    You guys just throw anything out here. Good thing what you say doesn’t mean anything.

  9. Snakeman he has proven to not be able to hit curve balls and off speed stuff. he isnt a star in triple aaa so expert what makes you think he is a everyday player. he never makes adjustment, but you know everything so talk,how many at bats in triple a to prove himself. oh forgot your a scout. lucky you dont comment much.

  10. That is a pretty snarky reply from someone who has no idea how to write or speak the english language.
    Maybe your right. Maybe Mayberry has not learned how to hit a curveball, but a close to .900 OPS is better than his usual .775. He may have learned something.

  11. I’d tend to believe the previous 2000+ plate appearances before the 150 or so this season. The problem with Mayberry in MLB wasn’t necessarily the production. The 23/2 K:BB ratio would hint that he was SERIOUSLY over matched.

  12. Mayberry doesn’t make us excited because I think we have a pretty good idea of what his potential is – and it’s nowhere near as good as anybody who starts for the major league team. So, no, it’s nice to see, but it’s not exciting.

    Overbeck is interesting because we don’t know exactly what we’ve got in him. You call him 24 because it suits your argument better, but he’s still 23. He’s in his second full year in the minors and he’s tearing it up and about to graduate to AA ball where we’ll really know something about him. He’s on the older side for the league, but there’s a possibility we might have an exciting player here at a position that is otherwise empty in the minors. That’s why people are pumped up.

  13. Funny today on Howard Eskin show he had on Peter Gammons. Talked about what relief pitcher would be available. Why not give mathieson a try first ????

  14. Well Rocky, we can get as optimistic as we want about Mathieson. I think he’s MLB ready. But the fact is that he’s still a sizeable injury risk.

  15. are nowheels and rocky the same person?
    Nowheels did you create this rocky persona so someone would agree with you?

  16. Was at the morning game today! Good weather and good game but I am here to tell you, Mathieson is the real deal.
    Threw 11 pitches, 9 for strikes, absolutely dominated. First batter he sawed off for a soft broken bat liner to ss, struck out the next two and for what its worth, threw a very nasty slider to compliment a few 99’s. He sure looked healthy to me! The guy is huge, and attacked the hitters, works fast and aggresive and looks in charge. Has to be in Philly soon!

  17. Simply put, there is no space for Mathieson unlesss Herndon gets offered back. The plan looks to be for him to stay at AAA and get the closer reps, replace Chad Durbin next year (he’s a FA), then hopefully replace Brad Lidge in 2012 as the closer.

  18. Folks, if it’s true that Mathieson is really throwing in the high 90s, he does not need great secondary stuff to be a contributing major league pitcher. He just needs to give the hitter a breaking pitch that he gets over the plate once in a while. Now, if he masters a breaking pitch that is not easy to hit and that he can get over the plate with some frequency, if he’s really throwing in the high 90s (and all reports say that he is), he becomes a great candidate to be our future closer.

    Honestly, short of an injury, I full expect Mathieson to become our closer when Lidge leaves as I’ve seen nothing to suggest that Madson is up to the task.

    As for the promotion, I think what everyone is saying is correct. First, they don’t have a lot of open roster spots and they would really rather not release Herndon (please, no endless string on the bona fides of Herndon – we’ve heard it all 100 times – I get it – most of you think he sucks; I’m just explaining that the team wants to keep him). Second, I think, if they plan on using him, they’d rather keep him hidden until later in the season so that he can surprise the league. Third, they want to make sure he’s healthy. And, fourth, because they are grooming him as the closer, they want to make 100 percent sure that he does all of his learning at the minor league level and that when he’s promoted, he has the full arsenal of pitches that he needs to become a dominant major league pitcher.

  19. Thanks for the firsthand, Ken. Sounds like Daniel Bard-light to me. His breaking pitch is mediocre in a vacuum, but when paired with his high-90s heat it becomes an out pitch.

  20. And Rocky, who are you to comment on how many times anyone places a comment or post on this site? MYB

  21. On Mathieson, he has thrown about 50 IPs since returning from TJ surgery. That is less than a full season (let’s call it 75 IP) for a reliever and I believe RAJ and the FO are being appropriately cautious here. They have implied this in various comments about the guy.

  22. Thanks for all of your reports, Gregg. While not many of these guys are prospects, its nice to follow how they are doing– especially since many of them are our immediate injury replacements at the MLB level.

    So much hate on this thread! Oh and I’m sure someone could check IP addresses to see if rocky and nowheels are the same person. It wouldn’t surprise me.

  23. What you see at the AAA level are potential major league back ups in the event of an injury. Wilson Valdez and Paul Hoover are great examples of solid AAAA players that won’t hurt you in small doses.

  24. Bocock also made some sick plays at ss, unfortunately he doesn’t hit. I guess Mathieson will go up if their is an injury or a complete breakdown by a bp pitcher and be there in Sept no matter what. In the meantime, it is pretty exciting seeing a high 90s guy throw. (Our seats are row 2 middle)

  25. I was in Allentown sunday morning. True the weather was iffy and my wife is rehabbing but i started to go to the fame and I said “why” there is nothing there.
    The radio confirmed my thoughts. Every inning there was an error or a batched play. Bump pitched better than it looks but how many extra outs can a pitcher stand. People of Allentown I feel for you.
    Lakewood here I come.

  26. 3up i couldn,t tell if your pro or anti herndon but herndon is legit. his sinker is great. there,s no way i would offer him back. it is ridiculous that mathieson is not up. looks and sounds like bard. btw dont get excited over boston beating halliday, they usually do.

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