Monthly Archives: August 2010

Paul Hoover Gets the Call

Just a quick note that Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Catcher Paul Hoover will be getting the call up to the bigs tomorrow when rosters expand.  Hoover, 34, spent some time in Philly earlier this year with the injuries to Ruiz/Schneider.  He was hitting .247/.326/.345 in 255 AB’s with Lehigh Valley to go along with 2 HR and 21 RBI’s.  In his 18 at bats with the Phillies earlier this year, Hoover hit .278.  As you would expect, Hoover will see little, if any action, but gives the Phillies flexibility to use Ruiz/Schneider late in the game if needed.

More callups to come…

Austin Hyatt named FSL Pitcher of the Year

Former Clearwater Thresher, now Reading Phillie Austin Hyatt has been named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Year.  Hyatt, 24, was a 15th round pick in the 2009 draft and threw in 23 games for the Threshers this year (21 starts).  He went 11-5 with a 3.04 ERA in 124.1 innings of work, walking 35 while striking out 156 hitters.  His WHIP stood at 1.08 in High A, while the opposition hit just .220 against him.  Hyatt recently made the jump to Reading and has started 4 games for the RPhils, going 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 22 innings.  He is continuing to strike hitters out at a very high rate (25 in 22 innings in AA). Flying a bit under the radar screen because of his advanced age for High A, the numbers have caused more than a few people to take notice as the year progressed.

Lakewood Weekly Report (8/23-8/29)

Recap:  Lakewood went 4-2 in the second-to-last week of the regular season.  The week left them at 36-25 for the second half, 4.5 games ahead of Greensboro in the SAL North.  Their magic number for clinching the second half title is 4 entering Monday night.  The remaining schedule is all at home, with 4 against Augusta and 4 against Kannapolis.  They are 78-53 overall and assuming they end up clinching the second half title, the ‘Claws would open the playoffs at Hickory on 9/8.  A 6-2 finish would allow them to tie the franchise record for wins in a season.  As an aside, I will finally get to my first Lakewood game of the year on Sunday, so if there’s anything anyone wants me to look for in particular, please leave it in the comments. Continue reading Lakewood Weekly Report (8/23-8/29)

Sunday notes column

Hi. I wanted to write a notes column, because I haven’t done one of these in a while, and because I felt like I really had to get back to writing more regularly. The last month or so has been a bit turbulent, and because of that, I haven’t been able to devote as much time to the site as I wished I could Things are beginning to get back to normal, so I hope to be able to put in a better shift, but I wanted to thank Gregg and everyone else who regularly contributes here for picking up the slack as I’ve veered off course. I’m not going to do any fancy formatting for this post, I’m just going to give you some thoughts as we wind down the minor league season.

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‘Pigs Weekend Update, September Callups

A review of the weekend for the IronPigs with a few notes and September call up predictions.

Friday–Lehigh Valley was in Scranton on Friday evening and lost in a slugfest, 10-7. Scranton struck early with a run in the 2nd off of Drew Carpenter, taking a 1-0 lead. Lehigh Valley answered back with a John Mayberry RBI single in the 4th, tying the game, however the tie lasted just a few minutes as the Yanks put two more on the board in the bottom of the inning, giving them a 3-1 lead. A three run 5th inning, gave Lehigh Valley the lead at 4-3 in the see saw affair, the key hits being doubles by Joe Savery and Paul Hoover.  Scranton scored 6 runs in the sixth  inning knocking Drew Carpenter (7-11) out of the game, having gone 5.1 Innings, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 3.  Carpenter was replaced by Oscar Villarreal who gave up 3 runs without getting an out. Lehigh Valley did get three back in the 7th, but by then the game was out of reach. Joe Savery led the way offensively, going 3-4 with a double, and two runs scored, while Paul Hoover was 2-3 with a double, 2 runs and an RBI. Continue reading ‘Pigs Weekend Update, September Callups

Bastardo to Philly, Baez to the DL,

The Phillies announced today that Right handed relief pitcher Danys Baez was placed on the DL with back issue and LHP Antonio Bastardo was called up from AAA Lehigh Valley to take his spot on the 25 man roster.  Bastardo, 24,  has allowed runs in just one of his 20 appearances for the ‘Pigs this year.  Opponents are hitting just .190 against him and he is averaging over 1.5 K’s per inning pitched.  Although he has struggled in his limited time in Philly this year, Bastardo certainly can bring more to the table then Baez at this late stage of the season, a season in which Baez has struggled consistently from the beginning of the year.

Also, the effort by Mike Cisco last night starting for Reading must be noted, a game in which he threw a complete game shutout, striking out 10.

Lehigh Valley Roster Moves

As mentioned in a prior post, Pitcher Nate Robertson was signed as a free agent and will be starting tonight for Lehigh Valley. He, along with Brandon Duckworth (who was on the DL with a calf strain) were activated today by Lehigh Valley.

Making room on the roster, the ‘Pigs placed 1B Matt Rizzotti (thumb) and RP Michael Schwimer (lower back strain) on the DL retroactive to August 24th. Both will be eligible to return on Tuesday August 31st, for the last week of the minor league season. Lehigh Valley will be going with 13 pitchers and 11 position players for the time being.

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Lehigh Valley went 4-3 on the week, and are now 52-79 on the season, 27 games behind division leading Scranton as the 2010 season enters its final 10 days.

League Leaders (Hitting): John Mayberry is 7th in runs (68); Andy Tracy is 8th in homers (18); 9th in RBI’s (67); 2nd in walks (64); 8th in OBP (.374); and 7th in SLG (.489). (Pitching): Brian Mazone leads the league in losses (13), leads the league in starts (26), leads in the league in IP (154), is 9th in HR allowed (17), and is 8th in WHIP (1.22); Joe Savery is 5th in losses (11) Drew Carpenter is 7th in losses (10), is 7th in starts (24), is 8th in walks (49); Nate Bump is 7th in ERA (3.35); Scott Mathieson is 2nd in saves (24). Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report