Daily Archives: August 8, 2010

Gauntlett Eldemire interview

Thanks to JKearse for another interview.

.396/.496/.723 with 16 homeruns and 16 stolen bases in 202 at bats. These were Gauntlett Eldemire’s college stats as a junior for Ohio University. Gauntlett was the Phillies 2010 draft pick, and the 6’3 195 pound outfielder is known to have plus power along with plus speed. Unlike most Phillies outfielder picks, the 21 year old is right handed and murdered left handed pitching last year at a .400 clip. A 2010 All-Mid-American Conference First Team selection, Eldemire was projected to go anywhere from the second to fourth round and the Phillies grabbed  him with a sixth round pick. Unfortunately, while in Philly for his physical with the team, the doctors discovered a chipped bone fragment as well as two torn ligaments which came from being hit by a pitch and it prevents Gauntlett from getting on the field immediately. This was his second unfortunate injury recently, the other being a stress fracture in his leg dooming his shot at playing for Team USA. However, he should be healthy in the fall, and while his skills are raw, he has a ton of potential and could be very exciting to watch once he gets on the field. Thanks to Gauntlett for doing this interview.

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‘Pigs Weekend Update

Yet another lost weekend in Lehigh Valley, as they lost all three games to Gwinnett and have now lost an abysmal 12 out of 13.  They are currently at their low water mark of the year, 25 games below .500.

Friday–Another in a long line of one run losses, this time 2-1 to Gwinnett at home on Friday evening.  Gwinnett scored early on ‘Pigs starter Nate Bump who left after two innings after being on a pitch count, as he returned to the mound after suffering from Lyme’s disease. In his 2 innings, he gave up a run on five hits.  Lehigh Valley tied the score in the 3rd when a Rich Thompson sac fly scored Brian Bocock.  Gwinnett regained the lead in the 5th off of reliever Joe Savery (1-10) on consecutive doubles by Freddie Freeman and Joe Thurston. Savery went 4 innings giving up a run on 4 hits.  Lehigh Valley was unable to advance a runner past first base after the 3rd inning.  Melvin Dorta was the only player to speak of offensively with 2 hits, while on the mound Antonio Bastardo has another scoreless, hitless performance, striking out 2 in his 1.1 innings of work. Continue reading ‘Pigs Weekend Update

Mayberry Going Down

Multiple sources are reporting that John Mayberry has been sent back to Lehigh Valley after just 2 at bats with the big club.  Though not confirmed, the same sources are speculating that it will be a pitcher called up to take his spot on the Phillies roster.  If so, the obvious candidates are Scott Mathieson and Antonio Bastardo, with Bastardo being the more likely candidate because of his success and the struggles of JC Romero.

Around The System–Catcher

Thin at catcher throughout the organization as you have to go down to Single A Lakewood before seeing a name that has starting catcher potential at the major league level.

Lehigh Valley

Paul Hoover, 34, 208 AB’s; .231/.310/.308 with 2 HR and 16 RBI’s; .313 vs. LH, .206 vs. RH, .233 with RISP, .250 since July 1.  10% bb rate, 23% k rate. 53 games at catcher, 6 errors (.985), 6 passed balls.  Thrown out 20/63 (32%). Hoover has struggled at the plate even at AAA this year, but is the best the Phils have for a September call-up Does a decent job defensively.

Dane Sardinha, 31, 176 AB’s; .227/.270/.330 with 4 HR and 22 RBI; .162 vs LH, .245 vs. RH, .310 with RISP, .160 since July 1; 4% bb rate, 28% k rate. 2 errors (.995) in 50 games at C.  7 passed balls. Thrown out 13/51 (25%). Adequate AAA backup.

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Tuffy Gosewisch, soon to be 27, 244 AB’s; .238/.343/.381 with 5 HR and 22 RBI; .264 vs. LH, .230 vs. RH, .220 with RISP; .303 since July 1.  12% bb rate, 17% k rate. 2 errors in 74 games (.996), 2 passed balls; Thrown out 19/68 (29%). Gosewisch continued to do a nice job defensively and has been hitting over the last six weeks. Continue reading Around The System–Catcher