Monthly Archives: May 2015

Open Discussion: Week of June 1st

Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.

Okay, I’m tired of tracking Jonathan Papelbon’s games finished.  It’s not funny to me any more.  I think it’s unlikely he gets traded unless a closer for a contender gets hurt.  They all seem to be functional so far.  Paps will vest, he’ll deserve it if he does.

Some other random stuff to light the fire –

  • I’ve grown tired of tracking Utley’s road to the Mendoza line, the guys with fewer HRs than Billingsley, the Phillies pathetic offense, their middling pitching, and their position for next year’s draft.  Maybe later.
  • How about this.  Nola’s not ready to jump to the Phillies.  He is not a 1 or even a 2 who could be an impact pitcher at the major league level.  His OFP (or FV) is a 55, that puts him in the 3/4 range.  He has thrown 10 games this year in a 5-man rotation.  You want to promote him?  Move him up to LHV where he can face better hitters before moving up to the Majors.  Remember, not all organizations stock their AAA teams with AAAA guys.  Some actually have prospects .Let him cut his teeth a little longer, bring him up in September if he earns it.

Box Score Recap – 5/31/2015

Lehigh Valley (20-32) was shutout by the Charlotte Knights, 2-0.  Our AAAA guys managed 1 hit in 5.0 innings off the Knights AAAA journeyman starting pitcher and 2 hits off their bullpen.  Chris Leroux emerged as the IronPigs TBD pitcher and was charged with an unearned run.  That was enough to earn the loss.  Seth Rosin pitched himself into a little trouble in the sixth, and Nick Hill obliged by allowing 1 of 2 inherited runners to score.   Off Monday, Joely Rodriguez (2-4, 5.27) pitches Tuesday.

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Around the System–Catcher

Certainly an area where the Phillies will be looking to add talent and depth in the upcoming draft.  Nothing to be over whelmed about but Lino and Knapp have been solid this year, with Gruillon learning and progressing.

Lehigh Valley

John Hester, 32, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .269/.296/.385 in 26 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0HR 0RBI.  10 games caught with any errors or passed balls; Has thrown out 2/10 (20%) of base stealers; STarted the season on the DL after knee surgery and has played very sparingly since.

Logan Moore, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .187/.282/.240 in 75AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0HR 8RBI; 12%BB/22%K rates; Hitting .194 in 36 AB’s with Lehigh Valley; 24 games caught with 4 errors (.975); 4 passed balls; Has thrown out 14/23 (61%) base stealers.  No bat, excellent arm.

Tommy Joseph, 23, Acquired from San Francisco in 2012; .123/.135/.178 in 73 AB’s before being placed on the DL with a concussion.  Hasnt played in three weeks and no timeline for his return.

Blake Forsythe, 25, Acquired from Oakland in 2015;  Hitting .250 in 12 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 4 games caught without an error; 1 passed ball; Has thrown out 2/3 base stealers; Depth guy.


Gabriel Lino, 22, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; .255/.325/.331 in 102AB’s for Reading; 3HR 12RBI; 8%BB/23%K rates; .261 vs. LH, .253 vs. RH, .240 with RISP; .245 in May;  30 games caught with 2 errors (.991); 2 passed balls; Has thrown out 15/30 base stealers (50%); Lino has played well this year.  Looking for perhaps a bit more with the stick but very solid behind the plate. Continue reading Around the System–Catcher

Threshers Walk Off with Win Against Fort Myers; May 29, 2015

The Threshers played two different games in the span of nine innings.  In the first game they ran out to a 6-0 lead in four innings against the Miracle’s top prospect, RHP Kohl Stewart.  Then they went dormant for four innings as the Miracle mounted a comeback that tied the game.  Dylan Cozens’ walk off single in the ninth finally ended the suspense.

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Box Score Recap – 5/28/2015

Lehigh Valley (19-30) split a double header with the Gwinnett Braves.  They lost Game #1 when they were shut out, 3-0.  Phillippe Aumont was charged with 3 runs in 3.2innings on 1 hit, 6 walks, and 2 hit batters.  He left trailing 1-0 and the bases loaded.  Seth Rosin allowed 2 inherited runners to score, giving up a single to the first batter he faced.  The IronPigs managed 4 singles in the 7-inning game.  The ‘Pigs won the second game in eight innings, coming from behind to tie in the 7th and win in the 8th, 6-4.  Jason Berken pitched 6.0 innings and allowed 4 runs, 1 earned.  Brian Bogusevic hit a 2-run single to tie the game.  Logan Moore drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the first extra inning.

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Threshers Split Double Header with Fort Myers; May 28, 2015

The Threshers played two 7-inning games against the Fort Myers Miracle on Thursday to make up for the game postponed Tuesday night.  Mark Leiter pitched game one, and David Whitehead pitched the night cap.  The Threshers dropped the opener 2-1.  They rallied to win game two, 6-3.

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Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

After a six game winning streak, the ‘Pigs have quickly found themselves back mired in a three game losing streak and are facing a doubleheader tonight on the road against Gwinnett before moving on to Charlotte for a weekend series.  On the year the ‘Pigs are 18-29 and have finally climbed out of last place in the Northern Division of the International League, now sitting in 5th, 8 games behind division leading Rochester.

News and Notes: Lehigh Valley set a franchise record in allowing 12 walks in their game against Charlotte last Saturday evening.

–Lehigh Valley continue to lead the league in walks allowed by a landslide, having allowed over 12% more walks than the next closest team.

–The ‘Pigs continue to draw well, averaging almost 8,400 fans per game in the early months with a team playing very poorly. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Box Score Recap – 5/27/2015

Sorry for the brief reports, but we were locked out of our third story apartment.  Got in too late, too tired to go into game details.

Lehigh Valley (18-29) lost to Gwinnett in suspended game, 8-2.  Lost the nightcap, 4-1.  Vasquez and Rodriguez took the losses.  Asche hit first AAA home run.   Phillippe Aumont (2-1, 1.64) pitches in game one, Berken pitches game two.

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