Lehigh Valley Report

The ‘Pigs wrapped up their three game series against Pawtucket this afternoon with a 7-2 loss, and are now 2-3 on their seven game home stand which concludes on Friday after two games against Scranton before traveling to Scranton for the weekend.  For the season, the ‘Pigs are 13-12 and in second place, two games behind division leading Syracuse in the Northern Division of the International League.

News and Notes: Pitcher Zach Eflin was scratched today after the rains came just after his warmup.  The game started 1:20 late and the Phils did not want to risk Eflin throwing after that kind of a delay.

–INF Darnell Sweeney had back to back multi hit games to snap a 1-23 slump, however still sits at just .217 on the year.

Nick Williams is the only ‘Pigs OF with an assist.  He has 2.

JP Arencibia has thrown out 5 of 9 would be base stealers.

–SS Ryan Jackson leads IL SS in fielding %.

–1B Tommy Joseph is hitting .372 over the last 11 games.

–OF Nick WIlliams is hitting .395 over the last week and a half, including a 2R walk off HR in the 10th inning on Tuesday night.

–Over his last 9 appearances, RP Edward Mujica has a ERA of 1.80 with 7 saves and has not allowed a walk since opening day.

–On Saturday, SP Alec Asher was just one out away from becoming the third pitcher in Lehigh Valley history to throw a one hit shutout.  Asher gave up a 2R HR with 2 outs in the 9th, however his first start since being called up from Reading was outstanding, (8.2IP 2H 2R 0ER0BB 5K).  Before being called up, Asher had a 3.20ERA in 4 starts for Reading.

‘Pigs Prospects: Mark Appel’s last start was last Friday and he looked good once again, taking a shutout into the 6th inning before leaving a one run game.  Appel has allowed runs in just 3 of the 24 innings he has pitched this year and is among league leaders in both wins and ERA (1.64).  Going back to last season, Appel has won his last seven decisions.

Andy Knapp is in a funk after starting very strong.  Over his last 10 games, Knapp is hitting just .158 and is just 1 for his last 16.  On the year Knapp is at .238/.329/44 with 3HR and 12RBI and has thrown out 2 of 12 would be base stealers.

Cam Perkins has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, hitting .379 over that time period.  Perkins has played all three OF positions this season, although CF has been a bit bumpy at times with Perkins having little experience there.

Next report: Thompson, Eflin, Joseph, Williams

‘Pigs Leaders: Hitting:Tommy Joseph is 8th in doubles (6) and third in HR(5); Cameron Perkins is 5th in triples (2); Tyler Featherston is 9th in SLG (.476) and 6th in AVG (.317)

Pitching:Mark Appel is 2nd in wins(3) and 7th in ERA (1.64); Zach Eflin is 3rd in wins (3) and leads the league in WHIP (0.76); Edward Mujica leads the league in games (11), saves(9)

Probables: Thur: Appel; Fri: Asher; Sat: Buchanan; Sun: Thompson

Transactions: Comings: Alec Asher (Promoted from Reading), Reinier Roibal (Promoted from Reading); Luis Garcia (demoted from Philadelphia), Severino Gonzalez (promoted from Reading)

Goings: Adam Morgan (Promoted to Philadelphia); COlton Murray (Promoted to Philadelphia); Hoby Milner (Re-assigned to Reading)


6 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Report

  1. Its been quite a few years since we’ve be able to talk about multiple prospects at LV. Good to see most of them off to good starts.

    Not that I like to see him struggle but glad we can put to rest the Knapp needs promoted to the big club immediately talk. He needs time to work on his game. His value is as a catcher so if he can’t stick there, he becomes just another guy…

  2. Joseph has played 1B a couple of times in a row. I’m not sure if Stassi is hurt or it’s part of the cycle they’re on or a lefty / righty thing.. or he’s getting ready to be called up? A lot of questions in there and not sure of any of the answers. Certainly the bat is screaming to get called up but can he play 1B passably? Is there a need for a DH coming soon? Howard probably doesn’t play 1B passably but when he gets a hold of a pitch, it’s a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a hold of many pitches.

    If a catcher is needed, I’m not sure who would get the call? Knapp is not ready. Arencibia was signed to be that guy and maybe he doesn’t have the ABs to get into a groove but he does not have a groove on right now. Logan Moore might be the guy (doesn’t have a groove on either). At least he’s pretty darn good behind the plate. I hope Alfaro gets back soon but a guy with his physical presence, who is out with an oblique issue, might take a while to get back.

  3. Whats cool about this team is they seem to have guys who were not at the top of the prospects lists turning some heads. Guys like Joseph, Perkins, Featherston may not be stars, but they are showing they are ready to get their shot. Especially Joseph, with teh way Ruf is playing, if this isn’t the time to see of TJ has the bat to be a valuable MLB 1b, then you might as well waive hm and let another team give him the chance.

    1. I think Perkins should get the first call. Joseph and Featherston are coming off incredibly rough 2015’s, let them build a little more momentum before calling them up as neither would be guaranteed regular at bats at the moment. There time will come. Perkins, however, certainly looks more than capable to play in our current OF and it would be nice to get a look at him now when we have a need before the more highly ranked prospects (Williams, Quinn) are ready and Altherr is healthy.

      1. I don’t disagree with any of this, but i am also a fan of striking while the iron is hot, so when TJ is seeing the ball as a beach ball and Ruf can’t even hit lefties,whats the harm? I agree on Perkins though, plenty of opportunities to get him ABs now so why not

        1. True, I’d be okay with it, it’s just going to be tough to get him in the lineup more than three times a week unless we see a string of lefties since he’s pretty much relegated to 1B. At the same time, I agree that the Darin Ruf experience is nearing it’s end and might as well see what we have in Joseph before the Hoskins starts pushing for PT.

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