Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

After a dismal 1-5 week, Lehigh Valley now stands at 11-7 and in 2nd place of the Northern Division of the International League, 2.5 games behind division leading Pawtucket.  The ‘Pigs, who are in the midst of a three game losing streak began a long 14 game home stand last evening against Buffalo.

‘Pigs Leaders: Hitting: Rich Thompson is 9th in SB (3); Scott Podsednik is 10th in SB (3);

Pitching:Scott Elarton is 2nd in ERA (0.56); Phillipe Aumont is tied for the league lead in saves (4); Pat Misch is 2nd in HR allowed (5).

Pigs Prospects–Austin Hyatt has been good early on making 4 starts and going 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 21.1IP. Opponents are hitting .265 against him, righties hitting him at a .244 clip.  Hyatt is walking 3.8/9 and striking out 6.8/9. 

Michael Schwimer has generally been extremely effective with a rocky outing thrown in. In 7 appearances, Schwimer is 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA and has earned two saves.  The opposition is hitting .250 against him and his K rate is holding steady above 9 per nine innings.  His three walks allowed in 8.2 innings of work is a bit more than Schwimer has traditionally allowed.

Derrick Mitchell has played all three OF positions and played them well despite an early .229/.296/.313 batting line. Mitchell has 1 HR and 6 RBI in his 48 AB’s to go along with a 8%bb/25%k rate. Mitchell has struggled early on with RISP (2-17).

Next week: Brown, Diekman, Aumont, Overbeck.

Probables: Tuesday: Elarton; Wednesday: Bush; Thursday: Hyatt; Friday: Misch

Notes: Lehigh Valley is hitting just .228 as a team and are an abysmal .207 with RISP.

–Scott Elarton has allowed just 1ER in his three starts. His ERA stands at 0.56

–Lehigh Valley starters are a combined 8-6 with a 2.88 ERA in the early going.

–Derrick Mitchell has both of the LV outfield assists thus far.

Transactions: With Cliff Lee landing on the DL, LHP Joe Savery was called back up to Philadelphia.  With the 12 active pitchers, C John Suomi was activated from the DL where he was suffering from a knee contusion.

–INF Mike Fontenot was activated after being signed as a free agent and spending a week in Extended Spring training.  He started at 2B last night and went 2-4.  To make room on the roster, INF Joe Thurston was released.

8 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

  1. How has Dom Brown looked defensively thus far? We’ve seen some comments on here about an error or two and some bad jumps, but what is your assessment as someone who sees most/all of his games?

    1. I heard somewhere else on this board that he had a beautiful over the head while running catch over recently. Otherwise I haven’t heard much… I’ve asked this question at several points and i’m getting so little feedback that i’ve quit asking…

    2. He had one bad read last night, but rebounded in the 7th with an amazing over the shoulder catch which a lot of players would not have caught up to in time, let alone catch.. At that time, I realized hell had truly frozen over and I left the game early (which I never do). He had a nice hit earlier in the game as well. I’m so in the middle with the guy though, I want him to do well, though part of me wants him to fail as well. I guess hearing the hype train day in and day out the last 2 years and seeing him make poor plays in the field just makes my head explode.

      Watching Misch pitch is like falling into a bottomless pit, 7 innings felt like 7 years.

      Aumont’s control was all over as usual, topped out at 94 I believe, some of his breaking stuff looked really nasty.

      1. “I want him to do well, though part of me wants him to fail.”
        Wishing failure on others is a great thing.

    1. If Brown is playing, can you give a play by play breakdown of his defensive play? (if he had good instincts off the bat, took a detour on the route, if he should have been given an error, arm accuracy, etc…)


  2. Out of curiosity, is Mitchell really considered a prospect at this point? Only thing I could ever see him doing in the majors is a late inning defensive replacement in the OF.

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