Lehigh Valley Report

With a 5-3 win over Pawtucket on Sunday, Lehigh Valley improved to 5-1, two thirds of the way through their nine game road trip.  The road trip continues with a three game series in Scranton, before returning home for a weekend series against Buffalo. At 10-7, the ‘Pigs are in first place of the Northern Division of the International League.  After starting the year 2-5, the ‘Pigs have won 8 of their last 10 games.

News and Notes: Edward Mujica has five consecutive saves, throwing 6.1 innings, without yielding an earned run during that span.

-INF Taylor Featherston has a 13 game hitting streak, during which time he is hitting .438.

–C JP Arencibia has thrown out 4 of the 8 runners attempting to steal against him

–INF Ryan Jackson is the only Lehigh Valley player to have appeared in every game

–1B Tommy Joseph has been on fire, hitting in 10 of his last 12 games and hitting over .400 during that time period. He is tied for third in the league in extra base hits.

–Pigs relief pitchers have stranded 16 of 18 inherited runners this year.

–OF Cameron Perkins has hit safely in his last 10 games, starting the cries for his promotion to the bigs.

–Prior to tonights game, Lehigh Valley was leading the league in hitting at .291.

‘Pigs Prospects: Nick Williams is very hot as of late, going 9 for his last 17, with multi hit games in four of his last six contests.  After starting slowly, Williams has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 games and was approaching the .300 mark prior to tonights game (during which he hit his first HR of the year)

Jake Thompson has made 3 starts and is 1-2 with a 5.14ERA and has been less than sharp for Lehigh Valley.  In those starts, Thompson has thrown 14 innings, allowing 8 runs on 14 hits.  He has struck out 8 and walked 14.  Prior to his start tonight, the opposition was hitting .275 against him.

Darnell Sweeney has hit safely in 6 of his last 8 games, after going 0 for his prior 17.  On the year, Sweeney is hitting .220 against RHP and .286 against LHP and is hovering right around .235.

Zach Eflin had a bumpy beginning to his start last Friday, allowing five runs in the first inning, however then retired 14 straight hitters, finishing with a line of 6IP 5H 5ER 0BB 8K..  This start followed Eflin being named IL Pitcher of the Week in his first week in AAA after putting up a 2-0 record with a 0.64ERA (14IP 8H 1ER 1BB 8K) in his first two starts.

Next Week: Appel, Knapp, Morgan, Perkins

Probables: Tues: Morgan, Wed: Eflin, Thur: OFF, Fri: Appel; Sat: Buchanan

‘Pigs Leaders:  Hitting: Taylor Featherston leads the league in hitting (.412), is 5th in hits (21), 3rd in SLG (.588) and is 2nd in OBP (.456); Tommy Joseph is 8th in doubles (5) and 5th in HR(3); Cameron Perkins is 3rd in triples (2); Darnell Sweeney is 4th in triples (2); Nick Williams is 5th in triples (2); Brock Stassi is tied for the league lead in doubles (6); Ryan Jackson is 9th in OBP (.421)

Pitching: Mark Appel leads the league in wins(3) and is 10th in ERA (1.62); Zach Eflin is 4th in IP (20.0); Jake Thompson has the second worst ERA (5.14); David Buchanan has the 5th worst ERA (4.58); Edward Mujica leads the league in saves (5)

Transactions: Comings: RP James Russell (demoted from Philadelphia); RP Hoby Milner (promoted from XT SPT)

Goings: Luis Garcia (promoted to Philadelphia), RP Andrew Bailey (promoted to Philadelphia)

9 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Report

  1. Even though Crawford went 0-3 tonight (or 0-fors in other games) he still scored 2 runs and seems to constantly be a factor. That aspect of his game alone will be a big part to his success at the big league level. Ideal #2 hitter cuz he doesn’t K much, works counts to help a speedy leadoff man on base and BBs himself. Even if he only hits .280, his OBP will be in the high .300s or near .400. Didn’t even mention his defense. Never forget the acrobatics he displayed on a wide throw to tag out a would be base stealer last summer. All in mid air. Thing of beauty.

    1. I could not agree more and if he develops mid-range (50 grade) power (12-18 homers per year), he’s a bona fide star. If he develops 20 homer a year power and gets a lot of extra base hits, he’s a superstar. He’s that good. He and Herrera (let’s face it, Herrera is developing into a star; he will be around) at the top of the line-up will give other teams fits and will set the table perfectly for Franco and whoever ends up being our cleanup hitter. It is going to be sweet and, honestly, all of this is not that far off in the future.

  2. If the Phils offense continues to sputter, it may be time to see moves like Featherston in place of Cesar (who has been just brutal) and Joseph up to play some 1b. Perkins coudl take Burris’ spot on the roster too. I’m not ready to bring up the studs,but maybe see what these guys can do against major league pitching since those in the majors aren’t currently hitting

    1. danurda8888,,,agree….bring them up…they may not get many chances at the MLB level down the road. Though the three of them are all right handed bats so that limits Mack’s moves in the lineup.

      1. can you elaborate on this or are you just going to shoot snark and leave? why would i be kidding. there are guys in the majors who are instant outs. There are guys in the minors who are hitting well. why not switch them? there is literally no downside, we don’t need to see more of Burris

  3. Burris can bat with both hands he’s still an easy out. Cesar Mackanin boy the Only way he gets sent if he gets hurt he has no options left.

  4. Morgan will get called up shortly to take Morton’s rotation spot. That should also have the impact of getting Lively up to LHV. It’s a shame Thompson is struggling but pitching goes that way. Some step up and some go backwards, or get hurt. Can’t have enough but our pitching overall has exceeded expectations so far.

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