I had a whole long post in my mind about what good prospects look like statistically in the minor leagues. Unfortunately the day didn’t break right and that article will never be written. Instead here is something quick to remember when you are looking at guys in the minor leagues and saying they are so much better than a random major leaguer. Here is what the Phillies Starting Lineup looked like during their best minor league seasons.
||2012 (A+ – AA)
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Lehigh Valley went 4-3 on the week and are now 24-21 on the year and in 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, just 0.5 game behind division leading Buffalo. The ‘Pigs are off on Wednesday before spending Memorial Day weekend home against Toledo and then depart for a 9 hame/8 day road trip against Norfolk and Durham. The ‘Pigs have won 7 of their last 10 games and hold the IL’s best record in May (13-7)
‘Pigs League Leaders (min 12 ab’s)Hitting: Maikel Franco is 7th in AB’s (162); Tyler Henson is 8th in runs(25), 5th in strikeouts(47) and 3rd in SB’s(11); Jim Murphy is 7th in RBI’s(25);
Pitching:David Buchanan is 2nd in wins(5) and has the 7th worst WHIP (1.57); Luis Garcia is 5th in saves (6); Barry Enright is 10th in IP (50.1) and tied for 3rd in HR allowed (7)
‘Pigs Prospects: David Buchanan had a very rough outings in his last start on Sunday, going just 1IP and allowing 4 runs on five hits. With the loss Sunday, he fell short of becoming the first IronPigs player to win five straight. In his four previous starts (all wins), he threw a combined 22.2 inning, allowing 9 earned runs (3.57ERA). With RISP, the opposition is hitting just .143 against him. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report
Roman Quinn was 0-4 in his return from a ruptured Achilles Tendon. He played all 12 innings and stole a base. I’ll take both facts as good signs. Brian Pointer went deep in that game, and Gabriel Lino was 2-5 plus a walk. 22-year-old Miguel Nunez is back from a trip to XST – he gave up two hits and a walk in two scoreless innings of relief. It will be interesting to see if they keep him in the pen or try to stretch him out again.
Aaron Altherr picked up two hits in the nightcap of Reading’s DH with New Hampshire to pull his average back about the Mendoza line, where it had dipped after an 0-2 in the early game. That’s called resiliency. I guess. Dude probably didn’t even realize. Cameron Perkins was 2-3 with a double and a walk in the second game as well.
Darin Ruf and Maikel Franco went deep in back-to -back at bats in the top of the sixth to draw Lehigh Valley to within a run of Buffalo, but someone pulled the thread and Justin De Fratus came undone in the bottom of the inning, allowing two hits, a walk, a HBP and a wild pitch for three runs.
J.P. Crawford, Wilmer Oberto and Willians Astudillo all put up two hits in a losing effort for Lakewood. Delvi Francisco has allowed just one hit and struck out five over his last four innings. The former position player’s been effective in limited use thus far in 2014.
And finally, Jesus Alastre has yet to be held hitless in his six-game professional career. So that’s nice. Small sample size caveats apply, but Alastre is the best player in the history of the game and should be called up immediately.
Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/19/2014 – The Fall And Rise Of Roman Quinn & Aaron Altherr’s Batting Average