Daily Archives: May 25, 2011

Carlos Rivero: A case study in signing international talent

I’ve been meaning to write up an article on Carlos Rivero, but more specifically, an article about the risk of signing 16 year old free agents out of Latin America, and how their developmental time frame is different from US born prospects subject to the draft. And with Rivero’s solid May, I thought now would be a good time to finally write this piece, because I think it will cover a number of interesting concepts. Well, you can be the judge of that. Anyway, let’s get after it.

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Around the System–Relievers

A look at the relief corps around the system, with plenty to be excited about.  Stats are through Tuesday May 24, 2011.

Lehigh Valley

Mike Zagurski, 28, 12 games, 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA; 7 saves, 12.1 IP 9H 7BB 20K; 1.29 WHIP; .220 opp. avg., .273 vs. RH, .200 vs. LH; .091 with RISP.  Zagurski has thrown very well, although it hasn’t transferred in his limited time called up to Philly.  Needs to hone the control a bit.

Jason Grilli, 34 Has been on the DL with back issues for the past week plus. 15 games, 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA; 18IP 16H 7BB 22K; 1.46 GO/AO; .232 opp. avg., .259 vs. LH, .214 vs. RH, .045 with RISP.  Grilli may have been on the verge of a callup with the Phils when their injuries were mounting when he suffered one of his own.  He has thrown extremely well all year.

Michael Schwimer, 25, 16 games, 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA; 1 save; 25.2 IP 20H 13BB 35K; 0.62 GO/AO; .208 opp. avg., 1.28 WHIP; .333 vs. LH, .143 vs. RH, .156 with RISP. Schwimer started off a bit slow, but has been near unhittable as of late.  His command has been excellent.  Continue reading Around the System–Relievers

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Another good week for the ‘Pigs, even with it ending having been swept by Gwinnett in a doubleheader yesterday. Lehigh Valley went 4-2 since the last report and are now 27-18 on the season, and are atop the Northern Division of the International League, three games ahead of both Pawtucket and Scranton.  Their eight game home stand continues tomorrow with a four game series against Rochester.

‘Pigs Leaders, Hitting: Jeff Larish is tied for 7th in homers (8); Rich Thompson leads the league in stolen bases (18) and is 7th in OBP (.393).

Pitching: Mike Zagurski is tied for 4th in saves (7); Ryan Feireabend is tied for 2nd in homers allowed (10); Michael Schwimer is tied for the league lead in holds (5). Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report