Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

After losing five of six, Lehigh Valley began their season long 10 game road trip in Toledo with 3 straight wins and are now 22-13 over their last 35 games, good for 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 11 games behind division leading Scranton.  After one more in Toledo, the ‘Pigs continue on to Columbus for a weekend series.

News and Notes: Jerad Eickhoff was outstanding in his Lehigh Valley debut on Tuesday allowing just one earned run on six hits in six innings of work.  He walked a lone batter and struck out 7, picking up the win. Over the last 10 starts, Eickhoff is 6-1  with a 3.12ERA.

–SInce his promotion in late June, Aaron Altherr ranks 2nd in the IL in both runs scored and RBI’s and has now hit 7 AAA homers (13 overall this year). He also went 34 games in AAA before being held hitless in back to back games.

Chase D’Arnaud has become quite the offensive catalyst for Lehigh Valley.  Over the last 13 games, he has hit safely in 12 and is hitting .346 (18-52) with 17RS and 10SB.  He has been successful in his last 17 SB attempts

-Tyler Henson has hit in 10 of the last 11 games during which he has hit .426 with 11RS.

–RP Adam Loewen remains lights out having been unscored upon in his last 12 games, spanning 15.1IP. He has earned 7 saves during that time period and struck out 1.

–With his two homer night on Monday, Erik Kratz tied a team record.  It was the 26th time the ‘Pigs have had a player homer twice in one game.

–Newly acquired SP Alec Asher has made quality starts in each of his last 3 starts.

Jared Eickhoff, acquired in the Cole Hames deal is 6-1 with a 3.12ERA in his last 10 starts since June 12th, including his Lehigh Valley debut during which he gave up just a lone earned run in six innings of work.

–In his last 12 games combined between AA and AAA, RP COlton Murray has a 1.46ERA, 0.89WHIP, walked just 4 and struck out 20 in 24.2IP.

–Catcher Gabrial Lino is in quite the skid with the bat, going 1 for his last 24 and is hitting just .127 (7-55) over his last 15 games.  That said, his defense has remained very good.

‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting:Chase D’Arnaud is 2nd in runs(65), 9th in SB(23), 4th in triples (4); Tyler Henson is 6th in doubles (26) and 9th in SB(23); Chris McGuiness is 2nd in walks (53)

Pitching:Cesar Jiminez is 4th in games(40); Adam Loewen is 8th in saves(10)

Transactions: Comings: P CHris Leroux (Reading); Colton Murray (Reading); OF Kelly Dugan (Reading); P Alec Asher (Texas); P Jerad Eickhoff (Texas)

Goings: P Severino Gonzalez (DL); David Buchanan (Philadelphia); Dailer Hinojosa (Philadelphia); Jordan Danks (Philadelphia); RP Juan Gutierrez (Released)

Probables: Thur: Vasquez; Fri: Biddle; Sat: Asher; Sun: Eickhoff


20 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

  1. If you don’t mind, can you please tell me who’s currently in their starting rotation?

    Is it currently:

    Alec Asher
    Jared Eickhoff
    Jesse Biddle
    Joely Rodriguez
    Anthony Vasquez

  2. Altherr needs to be in Philly now. Enough of the Asche/Ruf experiment in LF. I dont care if you have AA in LF and Herrera in CF or the other way around, they need to be playing everyday, I also would keep Brown in RF. We do not want to prematurely release him and then watch him put it together as a reclamation project with another team. Dugan is a 4th OF thats it. Frenchy has been tremendous but its also time to deal him as well, see what kind of lottery ticket he can bring back, I dont want Frenchy winning any more games for us. The Marlins are only 1 game behind us. I love that we are playing good baseball, but its all about the future and future assets. Having the #1 overall pick in 2016 along with the most International pool $ are extremely valuable, mush more than Frenchy winning another couple games with a walkoff HR.

    1. As of now, Herrera is likely the only one that is slotted in as the CF for 2016. With a good 2 months, Brown can dig himself out and be the RF. No doubt that Asche has disappointed, and Altherr has nothing to prove at Lehigh. They both should battle it out in spring training and the winner gets LF, the loser becomes the 4th OF.

  3. Like to see Jared Eickhoff promoted to the big club after a couple more decent starts at LHV.
    Not sure David Buchanan can sustain.

    1. Romus he is really bad. That kid isn’t a major league pitcher even on a bad team. I am really starting to sour on de Fratus too. he just doesn’t have good enough stuff to be effective.

      1. DeFratus has been overworked this year…..he is in the top five of all relievers for usage. His arm is now limped. I think Sandy went to him too much in May and June.

      2. Buchanan is barely a #5 pitcher in the rotation. He’s just a placeholder until you find somebody better. Sad to say, he’s worse than Kendrick.

    1. There’s no way he would fetch anything decent. He’s making peanuts, and he can play multiple positions. He needs to turn himself into a Greg Dobbs type hitter and hopefully that can keep him on a major league roster somewhere.

  4. dont think Asche would fetch much but thats fine with me, i think he is what he is and we can move on.

    Loewen needs to be up already. I say this every week.

  5. Loewen getting promoted and Chase coming off the DL. Will be interesting to see who gets demoted.

    1. Doesn’t have to be a demotion….someone could be put on the 15-day DL.
      Maybe Justin DeF….dead arm?

    2. looking forward to seeing Loewen, last time he was in the majors was ’08 I believe. Glad they are giving him a look. Still mad they didn’t go after Vance Worley so that I wouldn’t have to watch Williams pitch for the Phils again.

  6. Hinojosa earned his keep. They should have sent down Buchanan or DeFratus. Hino only pitched 3 or 4 times, but he looked like he could pitch each time, and showed some K touch, as well. Maybe it was because he just threw 3 innings and it is not a demotion, per se. DeFratus has had a poor year.

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