Lehigh Valley wrapped up a three game series against Durham on Sunday with a 10-3 loss, however won two of three over the weekend against the Bulls. After an off day on Monday, Lehigh Valley continues their home stand with 3 against Gwinnett, followed by four against Buffalo including a doubleheader next Saturday. At 34-29, the ‘Pigs are in 3rd place of the Northern Division of the International League, 2.5 games behind division leading Rochester.
News and Notes: With a 8-0 lead in the 4th inning on Saturday evening, both JP Crawford and Nick WIlliams decided to lay down bunts, (clearly against the unwritten rules of baseball) which nearly led to a bench clearing brawl and 1B Brock Stassi getting drilled by the Durham pitcher.
–The 16-1 win on Saturday night was the largest run total in a game for the ‘Pigs at Coca Cola Park.
–SP Ben Lively leads all of minor league baseball with 10 wins.
–Catcher ANdy Knapp is currently riding a 10 game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .366.
–Over his last 16 games, Darin Ruf is hitting .377 with 5HR and 18RBI.
–OF Cedric Hunter has hit in 19 of his last 23 games, hitting .337 over that time span.
–After a rough first month plus, 1B Brock STassi is coming to life with the bat, hitting .372 over his last 13 games, raising his average above .260 to go along with his solid defense.
–RP Mario Hollands has been pitching well since coming off the DL, having not allowed an ER over his last 3 games spanning 4.2IP.
‘Pigs Prospects: JP Crawford has really been struggling at the plate as of late, hitting just .091 (3-31) over his last 8 games and .165/.272/.190 in the 21 games he has played since his call up from Reading. The struggles at the plate have not affected Crawford’s glove which has been excellent since joining the team.
Nick WIlliams is hitting .308 over his last 9 games and .325 over the 19 games since JP Crawford joined the Lehigh Valley lineup. On the year, WIlliams is putting together solid numbers, at .282/.320/.455 in his 213AB to go along with 7HR 31RBI and 5SB. He is subject to the occasional mental error that often occurs with younger players.
Edubray Ramos has been lights out since joining Lehigh Valley allowing just a lone ER in his 12 games in AAA. He started his AAA career with 15.2 scoreless innings before yielding a lone ER in a game he entered with a 9-0 lead. It appears he is now at least sharing, if not completely taking over the closers role in the LV bullpen. Between AA and AAA this season, Ramos has an incredible ratio of 36 strikeouts to just 2 walks.
Next week: Lively, Knapp, Thompson
‘Pigs League Leaders: Hitting; Nick WIlliams is 4th in runs(36); Taylor Featherston is 8th in runs(32), 4th in triples (4), 8th in HR(8) and 6th in SLG (.477); Darnell Sweeney is 5th in triples (4); Brock STassi is 10th in OBP (.376); Pitching: Zach Eflin is 9th in ERA (2.90) and 2nd in WHIP (0.88); Edward Mujica is 5th in games (24) and leads the league in saves(14); Jake Thompson is 3rd in HR allowed (8)
Transactions: Comings: OF David Lough (from Phillies); INF Emmanuel Burriss (from Phillies); INF Carlos Alonso (Promoted from Reading)
Goings: INF ANgelys Nina (Released); OF Will Venable (Released); RP Luis Garcia (promoted to Phillies)
Probables: Tue: Buchanan; Wed: TBD; Thur: Thompson; Fri: Lively