Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Lehigh Valley finishes up their four game series in Pawtucket this evening after going 4-1 this week, which puts the ‘Pigs at 6-5 and in fourth place of the Northern Division of the International League, 2.5 games behind division leading Pawtucket. Lehigh Valley returns home on Thursday evening to open a four game series against Buffalo before they go on a 8 game road trip to Indianapolis and Buffalo.

‘Pigs Leaders: Cesar Hernandez is 3rd in hits (17); Darin Ruf leads the league in doubles (5); Tommy Joseph is 6th in RBI’s (11); Jon Pettibone has the 3rd worst ERA (9.64) and  2nd worst WHIP (2.14);Tyler CLoyd has the 7th worst ERA (7.07), allowed the third most walks (8), has the 7th most strikeouts (15), 7th worst WHIP (1.93) and has allowed the 2nd most HR (3); Jake Diekman has allowed the 4th most walks (8); Adam Morgan has the 3rd best WHIP (0.79).

Probables: Wednesday: Jiminez; Thursday: Morgan; Friday: Martin; Saturday: Rosenberg; Sunday: Pettibone.

‘Pigs Prospects–Cesar Hernendez–Has hit safely in 8 of 11 games, with multi hit efforts in 7 of those game. Solid in the field, and currently hitting .370.

Darin Ruf–A slow start out of the gate power wise, but Ruf has been consistent, hitting safely in 10 of his first 11 games (.279), with 6 RBI’s.  He struggled in LF the first couple of games, but has made several outstanding plays more recently.

Leandro Castro–is 3-21 in his last 5 games after starting the year 8-16.  Certainly an energetic player, my mind on Castro as a prospect is not made up yet.

Jon Pettibone–Has looked very rusty in his two starts, with a 9.64 ERA and 15 hits allowed in 9.1 innings of work.  Early on his WHIP stands at 2.14. 

Justin DeFratus–Has thrown very well, pitching in 4 games (5.1IP) without yielding an earned run.  Additionally, his control has been stellar, walking none and striking out 4.  Still early, but I see him as the first guy to Philly.

Tyler CLoyd–Two rough starts, followed by a decent outing on Monday for CLoyd, who is 0-2 with a 7.07ERA and a .322 opponents batting average early on.  Without overpowering stuff, when his command is even a little bit off, unfortunately this is an example of the results.He has walked an uncharacterisitic 8 hitters in 14 IP.

Next week: Diekman, Stutes, Morgan, Martin, Joseph, Asche and Gillies.

Notes: Josh Fields had a monster game on Monday vs. Pawtucket, going 4-4 with 2HR, 4RBI’s and a SB. 

–Joe Savery is unscored upon in 4 games this season, throwing shutout innings, walking none and striking out 9.

–Adam Morgan won the IL Pitcher of the Week award for the week ending April 14th. He has currently thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings

Transactions: Pitcher Tom Cochran was activated from the disabled list and assigned to Reading, replacing Austin Wright in the rotation. Wright was placed on the DL with elbow tendonitis.

12 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

  1. I think Ruf has done well in left thus far. I’ve seen every game, either in person at home, or via MiLB.TV on the road. The caveat is that he hasn’t had to make a ton of difficult plays.

    These two stick out:
    There was one play during the opening home stand where he had to go back and to his right, dove, and made the catch with full face plant. There was another play where Tyson Gillies came over from center to make a catch behind him, but I put that more on Tyson as there’s no way to call him off if he’s coming.

    More observation is necessary, of course, but I’d somewhat arbitrarily give him a B+ thus far–or incomplete perhaps.

  2. Can anyone explain why Susdorf is not playing full time ? One of the best pure hitters in the entire organization.

    1. Because he is 26 (soon to be 27) and the LHV already has Ruf-Gillies-Castro who are better prospects. Susdorf offers a good hit tool and not much else which makes his usefulness very limited.

      1. all true, but have you seen Gillies play ?? not good also the DH spot is available vs AL clubs

        1. They are reworking Gillies swing right now, he still offers more major league promise. The problem is you have Fields and Overbeck who are better hitters right now in that DH spot. Susdorf needs a Rich Thompson type trade to get his cup of coffee, I think he is worthy of it, just doesn’t have room in this org.

          1. Not sure what major league chance for Susdorf if not Philly. We don’t exactly have a sterling OF and now Brown may be hurt. Rich Thompson could play CF, Susdorf can’t.

            1. The problem isn’t that there are great options here, there are just slightly better options already on the 40 man roster or with a better skill set

    2. Is Susdorf really all that good a hitter? He had a very good season at Reading two years ago. Last year, between Reading and LV he was not very good at all. At CLW three years ago, not very good. So he had a partial good season at CLW 4 years ago, which didn’t carry over to Reading that year and another good year at Reading in 2010. The Reading season was good, but not a blowout as a hitter, as he didn’t show a lot of power. I will agree that his CLW year four seasons ago was really very good. A corner OF needs to show either more power or a lot more speed than Susdorf has ever shown. He’s one of those always-old-for-the-league and neve-quite-good-enough college draftees. Pretty much Rizzotti.

  3. Your all correct, but the one tool that plays and what we need it the hit tool. And Susdorf has that. Fields is 30 years old and comes from an organization. One thing pat gillick always said was try and win with your own players first.

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