Lehigh Valley Weekly Report 29 June 2011

A bumpy week for Lehigh Valley as they have been decimated by call ups to Philadelphia as well as injury to their rotation.  The ‘Pigs went 3-4 on the week and now stand at 46-33, still in first place in the Northern Division of the International League, 3.5 games ahead of second place Scranton.

‘Pigs Leaders–Hitting: Jeff Larish is 6th in homers (13); Brandon Moss is 10th in homers (12) and 10th in RBI’s (45); Delwyn Young is 8th in strikeouts (73); Rich Thompson is 2nd in SB’s (26) and 4th in OBP (.391)

Pitching:Nate Bump has the worst ERA (6.71) and worst WHIP (1.68); Ryan Feireabend has the 4th worst ERA (6.24) and is 2nd in homers allowed (16); Brian Bass is tied for 2nd in starts (15) and 6th worst WHIP (1.52); Mike Zagurski is 5th in saves (10); Michael Schwimer leads the league in holds (7)

Infield: Jeff Larish is hitting .325 over his last 24 games. His playing time has dimished since Cody Overbeck was called up from Reading.  Still struggling against lefties (.214) and with RISP (.222). Interesting home (.344) vs. road splits (.197)

Josh Barfield has become the steadiest hitter for Lehigh Valley, hitting in 29 of the last 35 games (.331).  Now at .286 on the year. Hitting .328 since May 1, Barfield has similar splits against righties and lefties however is still struggling with RISP.

Brian Bocock has hit in his last four games including a two homer effort on Thursday against Buffalo.  That being said, Bocock has hit just .181 over the last 29 games and his batting average has dropped 50 points to .215 during that time period.  Has hit a brutal .143 against lefties.  Defense keeps him in the lineup consistently.

Cody Overbeck has really struggled since his call up from AA Reading  Over his last 6 games, Overbeck is 2-18 (.111) and is hitting .150 since for Lehigh Valley.  Still way to early to pass judgement.

Pete Orr continues showing consistency and versatility as he has hit in 14 of his last 16 games (.303) and has now started games at 3 different positions.  He had an 11 game hit streak which was snapped on June 22.  Showing good speed with 8 stolen bases and is hitting right around .270.

Tagg Bozied is hitting just below .250 on the year but has reached base safely in 28 of his 32 starts, showing good power (9 HR). His OBP is .412 and SLG is over .560.  Crushing lefties at a rate of .348.

 Relievers: Mike Zagurski has allowed just 2 hits and no earned runs in his last 5 appearances, but walks remain his issue, having allowed 4 walks in 6.2 IP in that time period.  Zagurski is averaging 13.3K/9, and going back to last season, has allowed just 4 earned runs in 33 games. Zagurski has not allowed an inherited runner to score and has converted 10/11 saves. His issue is that his splits are borderline reverse (.259) against lefties, which led to the recent recall of Juan Perez rather than Zagurski.

Michael Schwimer continues his mastery this season, having gone 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his last 23 games, with 4 saves. In his last 5 games, Schwimer has a win and 3 saves, having not allowed an earned run during that period (6.1IP). RIght handed hitters are hitting .121 vs. Schwimer this year, and Schwimer remains hugely effective with RISP (.160).

Jason Grilli has done everything that has been asked of him and then some this season, and has been unscored upon in 16 of his 18 appearances this season. During that time period, Grilli is 4-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 29K in 23.1 innings. He has not allowed an inherited runner to score (9/9) and hitters are at just .032 with RISP against him (1-31).

Justin DeFratus has pitched in five AAA games and has allowed runs in 4 of them.   After throwing very well during the last month he was with Reading, DeFratus has struggled through the first couple of weeks, but he is just getting his feet wet.

Phillippe Aumont has allowed runs in 2 of the 4 games he has pitched in for Lehigh Valley and while showing some incredible promise with both his fastball and curve, continues to go through growing pains, losing his control when things go awry.

Les Walrondhas thrown 5.2 innings and allowed just an earned run for Lehigh Valley thus far this year, in this his second call up from Reading.  The veteran lefty adds a stabilizing presence to a bullpen in flux because of the immigration to Philadelphia.

Notes:Brandon Moss is 2nd in the IL in OF assists with nine and has a 7 game hitting streak.

John Mayberry has hit in 9 of his last 10 games and his average has risen to above  .275 with Lehigh Valley.

Rich Thompson is just 3 stolen bases away from breaking his own team record of 28.  He has been caught just 4 times.

Transactions: Leaving this week were Juan Perez (called up to Philly), Scott Mathieson (Called up to Philly); Drew Carpenter (Called up to Philly) and John Suomi (Sent down to Reading). Joining Lehigh Valley are Les Walrond (Called up from Reading), Dane Sardinha (Sent down from Philly), and Tyson Brummett (Called up from Reading)

Probables: Thursday: Brummett; Friday: Bass; Saturday: Edell, Sunday: Feireabend

9 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Weekly Report 29 June 2011

  1. Schwimer continues to have unbelievable L/R splits. I mean, what a split!

    vs LH 15.1 innings, 5.28 ERA / 9 ER .308
    vs RH 29.1 innings, 0.31 ERA / 1 ER .121

    I want to see him become more than a situational reliever in the majors. If I am not mistaken, his whole minor league career has been like this. Anyone know why there is such a disparity?

    This team is getting brutalized by callups, but it is good to see these guys get changes in Philly. It was good to see Carpenter get rewarded for his success as a reliever so far.

  2. On another post here, I noticed the same bad splits. I then suggested that Schwim needs to develop a good change-up to deal with lefty hitters. Until then, the likelihood of his being called up–absent a tragedy in the relief corps–is and should be slim.

    Hope he gets that done. With decent numbers vs lefties and his great record vs. righties, he could become a substantial member of their or some MLB team. Until then, he’s stuck IMO.

  3. In another post here, I took note of Scwim’s lousy splits…and believe that he is unlikely to be called up—absent a tragedy in the relief corps—until he develops a good pitch (change-up?) to get lefties out. He should be working on that now.

  4. I agree schwimmer needs another pitch, only saw him three times, and lefty will give him trouble

  5. How come Grill’s not getting a shot with all of the constant shuffling going on with the bullpen ? Dump Baez and give him a chance

    1. Amen to Ryne Sandberg. I am hopeful that when Charlie hangs ’em up, Ryne is the next manager of the Phils. It makes me sick that he was traded from the Phillies along with Larry Bowa, and became a HOFer with the Scrubs. At least it will be some consolation for him to now manage the team and keep them successful.

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