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).
Outfielders: Delwyn Young has heated up as of late, hitting .342 over the last 10 games, including 4 multi hit efforts. On the year, Young is at .225/.269/.391 in 151 AB’s with 6 HR and 20 RBI. Young is triking out in over 25% of his plate appearances and hitting .190 with RISP.
Rich Thompson has hit .309 in his last 18 games, raising his average from .230 to its current .267/.393/.328 with 1HR and 4 RBI. His proficiency stealing bases continues as he has now stolen 18 in his 19 attempts this year. Continued good defense from Thompson who has been the primary CF as of late for the ‘Pigs.
Brandon Moss has hit in 7 of his last 11 games (.286) with 5 multi hit games during that span. On the year, Moss is at .248/.338/.450 in 129 AB’s with 5 HR and 27 RBI’s. Moss continues to be probably the best clutch hitter in the Lehigh Valley lineup, hitting .261 with RISP.
Cory Sullivan has seen fairly limited playing time lately, getting just 24 AB’s since May 12th and hitting .250 over that stretch. On the year, Sullivan is at .210/.336/.250 in 100 AB’s with 0HR and 14 RBI’s. A notable stat is a very high walk rate for Sullivan, walking in 20 over his 120 plate appearances.
Catchers: Erik Kratz is hitting .270 over his lats 10 games, with 3 HR and 8 RBI’s, to go along with game winning hits on three different occasions. On the year, .253/.369/.540 in 87 AB’s with 7 HR and 16 RBI’s. Additionally, Kratz has thrown out 35% of would be base stealers. Am I the only one that thinks he belongs in Philly rather than Sardinha?
John Suomi has been floating around the organization, catching wherever needed this year. He just joined Lehigh Valley last week seeing action in 3 games.
NOTE: No update on relievers here this week, as they will be covered in “Around the System” tomorrow.
Notes: Tagg Bozied, primarily a 1B, has played several games in LF over the last week.
–Through the first 43 games, Lehigh Valley’s bullpen is a combined 13-4 with a 2.43 ERA.
–Lehigh Valley has come from behind in over 60% of their wins.
–With Vance Worley getting called up to Philadelphia, the ‘Pigs rotation goes back to: 1) Gordon 2)Bump 3)Bonine 4) Bass and %)Feireabend
–After going 3-11 in extra inning games last year, the ‘Pigs are 3-2 in 2011.
–OF Domonic Brown was in the midst of an 18 game hitting streak when called up to Philly.
Transactions: Clearwater and Lehigh Valley exchanged back up catchers with Joel Naughton going down to Clearwater and John Suomi, who spent parts of two pervious seasons with the ‘Pigs is back in Lehigh Valley, presumably until Dane Sardinha returns.
–Infielder Pete Orr joined Lehigh Valley after being optioned from Philadelphia. To make room on the roster, INF Niuman Romero was sent down to AA Reading. Orr, who can play 2B, SS and 3B is a career .273 hitter in AAA, with over 1800 at bats at this level. Last year he led AAA Syracuse in several offensive categories.
—Vance Worley was called up to take Joe Blanton’s rotation spot for the forseeable future, while RP Scott Mathieson was returned to Lehigh Valley.