Lehigh Valley has been playing well at long last having won 9 of their last 11 games and are 17-9 over their last 25 games. Unfortunately, the recent hot streak is not enough to overcome an abysmal start and Lehigh Valley currently sits at 38-50 and in 5th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 9 games behind division leading Rochester. Lehigh Valley completes a three game series at home against Pawtucket tonight before heading to Pawtucket for three over the weekend. The International League All Star Game is next week, creating a three day break for the ‘Pigs next Monday thru Wednesday.
News and Notes: Lehigh Valley has double digit hits in 10 of their last 11 games.
–Over the last month, INF Russ Canzler is hitting .312 with 4HR 20RBI, 16RS and 10 doubles. (34-114)
–INF Chase D’Arnaud has a team leading 24 multi hit games, including four consecutive multi hit games this past week. Since becoming a regular in mid May, D’Arnaud leads the league in runs scored.
—Jesse Biddle made his AAA debut last night and it was not pretty. He last just 2.1 innings and gave up 7 runs on 5 hits, walking six and striking out a lone batter. He threw 73 pitches, just 33 for strikes. In 15 starts in Reading, Biddle was 7-2 with a 4.23ERA and 1.54 WHIP. Biddle’s command and confidence remain the two major issues that must be addressed for long term success.
–INF Tyler Henson was named an IL all star and has hit in 9 of his last 10 games, raising his average from .237 to .264. He leads the team in SB with 19. Henson is also hitting a very impressive .343 with RISP.
–In his 6 starts, Jason Berken is 3-3 with a very impressive 1.82 ERA.
–On July 4, OF Brian Bogusevic and P Chris Leroux left the IronPigs to participate in the Pan Am games. Bogusevic has been the ‘Pigs most consistent performer.
—Tommy Joseph has been regularly taking ground balls at both 1B and 3B and catcher will no longer be his primary position (if he plays there at all).
–OF Jordan Danks has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, hitting .405 over that span, including a 4 hit, 3 RBI performance last night.
Pigs Prospects: Aaron Altherr has hit in 14 of his first 16 AAA games (.306) with 3HR and 14RBI during that time period. Between Reading and LV, Altherr has hit in 23 of the last 25 games (.343) and continues playing well in the field. Altherr’s stock is clearly rising and my expectation is for Altherr to be called up in September.
Nefi Ogando started his AAA career with 4 scoreless outings, spanning 7.2 innings and has a combined 11.2 scoreless between Reading and Lehigh Valley over the last several weeks. Ogando picked up his first win for Lehigh Valley last night, throwing a scoreless 11th inning.
Next report: Biddle, Nola, Lino
‘Pigs league leaders: Hitting, Chase D’Arnaud is fifth in runs(45); Brian Bogusevic is 6th in hits (89); Russ Canzler is 7th in doubles (19); Chris McGuiness is 7th in walks (37); Tyler Henson is 8th in SB(19)
Pitching: Cesar Jiminez is 6th in games(32); Joely Rodriguez is 7th in walks allowed
Transactions: Coming: P Jesse Biddle (Reading); Sean O’Sullivan (Philadelphia); OF Ethan Chapman (Reading); RP Tyler Knigge (Reading)
Going: P Hector Neris (Philadelphia); P David Buchanan (Philadelphia); P Severino Gonzalez (Philadelphia); OF Brian Bogusevic (temp inactive); RP Chris Leroux (Temp Inactive)
–Look for the next Lehigh Valley report July 21-22 after a week off for the all star break.