The ‘Pigs are in the midst of an eight game home stand that concludes Friday and they are currently 4-2 on the home stand and 33-48 on the year, still in 5th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 11 games behind division leading Rochester. Lehigh Valley visits Rochester for three games Saturday thru Monday before returning home for three against Pawtucket.
News and Notes: Many thought that OF Brian Bogusevic would exercise his July 1 opt out option, however, he has chosen to remain in the Phillies organization. While details of discussions were not given, my “educated?” guess is that Bogusevic was given a guarantee of sorts that if his production remained consistent he would come up to Philly come September 1, if not sooner.
—Cord Phelps has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games (.383, and is now above .255 for the first time this year. Notably, he has 14 RBI in his last 11 games after an Asche like 9RBI in his first 58 games.
–I would not be surprised to see Adam Loewen in Philly sometime very soon. After an a very good 2014 with Reading in his return to the mound his 2015 started off with Loewen having little control. He found his control during a recent demotion to Reading and since his return to Lehigh Valley he has been beyond “lights out”. He currently has a 12 inning scoreless streak during which he has 2 saves, 2 holds, walked just 3 and struck out an incredible 23.
–SP David Buchanan returns from the disabled list to start on Thursday after missing six weeks with a severe ankle sprain.
–Over the last 6 weeks, P Jason Berken has a 1.80 ERA in 9 games, including 5 starts.
–INF Tyler Henson remains incredible with two outs and RISP, hitting .500 (15-30).
‘Pigs league leaders, hitting:Brian Bogusevic is 9th in AB’s(284), 9th in avg (.305), 9th in runs(38), and 4th in hits (86); Chris McGuinness is 10th in walks (32).
Pitching-Joely Rodriguez has the worst ERA (6.32), worst WHIP(1.84) and is 6th in walks allowed (37); Cesar Jiminez is 3rd in games (30); Seth Rosin is 5th in games. Adam Morgan has the 4th worst WHIP (1.58).
‘Pigs Prospects–Aaron Nola has been outstanding since joining Lehigh Valley two weeks ago. Nola has picked up wins in each of his first three starts and held the opposition off the board on two of those three occasions. Nola is now a combined 10-3 with a 1.81ERA on the year in 15 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley, leading all of minor league baseball in wins.
Aaron Altherr has hit safely in 7 of his first 8 games with Lehigh Valley, hitting .367 (11-30) over that time period. Going back a bit further, Altherr has hit in 16 of his last 17 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley, hitting .388 and producing runs consistently.
Gabriel Lino remains very strong both with the bat and glove since his promotion. He has hit safely in 16 of his 20 AAA games (.292, 21-72). Lino has additionally thrown out 47% trying to steal on him at the AAA level, a very impressive figure.
Next week: Buchanan, Ogando
Transactions, Comings: Nefi Ogando (from Reading); C Logan Moore (Reading); P David Buchanan (activated from DL)
Goings:Paul Clemens (Released)
Probables: Thur: Buchanan; Fri: Gonzalez; Sat: Nola; Sun: Vazquez