Lehigh Valley Report

Lehigh Valley has started their seven game road swing with two wins in Norfolk and have won seven of their last nine games and now sit 10 games above .500 at 41-31, just passed the half way point of the season.  They are currently in 3rd place of the Northern Division of the International League, 3 games back of division leading Rochester.  In the wild card race, the ‘Pigs are one game behind Scranton, who are currently leading the wild card race.  The road trip continues with two more In Norfolk before a weekend series in Durham.

News and Notes: Lehigh Valley has not committed multiple errors in any of their last 33 games, clearly a recipe for success.

–Over the last two weeks, the LV bullpen is 5-1 with a 1.29ERA with 4 saves.  During that time period, they have allowed just 7ER in 49IP.

–INF Emmanuel Burriss has hit safely in 8 of the 9 games he has started

–OF Cedric Hunter remains very hot, having hit .348 over the last three weeks, raising his average to .312.

Edward Mujica remains consistent for Lehigh Valley with a 2.54ERA and 16 saves in his last 26 games.  With the troubles the Phils are having, seeing him in Philly soon would not surprise me.

–Over his last 16 AAA games, Luis Garcia is 5-0 with a 1.31ERA.

Darin Ruf contiues to crush AAA pitching swinging at a .358 clip over the last 25 games with 6HR 25RBI and a lofty .674 Slg %.

–1B Brock Stassi has hit safely in 9 of his last 11 games (.318, 2HR 13RBI), including a walk off 3R 2B on June 14.  Stassi’s average has now climbed above .260.

–Over his last 5 starts, P David Buchanan has a lofty 6.39ERA

Cameron Perkins continues to produce and is hitting .333 over his last 20 games and .312 on the year

–Lehigh Valley is 2nd in the International League in attendance, averaging 8751 fans per game.

‘Pigs Prospects: Jake Thompson had another very good start last night allowing just two earned runs over 8 innings of work.  Over his last 4 starts, Thompson is 3-0 with a 0.93ERA in 29IP, averaging over 7 innings per start. Since May 3 (10 starts), Thompson is 5-2 with a 2.20ERA (5th lowest ERA in the league in that time frame), allowing just 51 hits in 65.1IP.  Solid progression by Thompson.

Ben Lively continues his outstanding season and is a combined 10-0 with a 2.19ERA in 14 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley. Remarkably, Lively is undefeated in his last 22 starts, dating back to last season.  He last lost July 11, 2015. For Lehigh Valley, Lively is 3-0 with a 2.70ERA in his 5 starts with opponents batting a microscopic .149 against him.

A very good June for Andrew Knapp who has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games (.329, HR, 8RBI, 11RS).  Over his last 32 games, Knapp is hitting .296 with 4HR and 18RBI.  Knapp’s caught stealing rate is at 30% which is a satisfactory rate, however his receiving continues to need work.

Next Week (Ramos, Crawford, Williams)

‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting: Nick Williams is 3rd in runs (42) and 8th in SLG(.477), Tyler Featherston is 8th in runs (38), 6th in triples (4), 9th in HR(9) and 7th in SLG (.480); Andy Knapp is 9th in runs (34); Brock Stassi is 9th in OBP (.368); Cam Perkins is 9th in SLG (.471) and 4th in average (.312); Pitching: Jake Thompson is 3rd in wins(6), tied for the lead in starts (14), 5th in HR allowed (9) and is 3rd in IP(84.1); Zach Eflin is 10th in ERA (2.90) and 2nd in WHIP (0.88); Edward Mujica is 4th in games (28) and leads the league in saves(16); David Buchanan is 2nd in HR allowed (10)

,Transactions: Comings:  P Luis Garcia (Phillies), Colton Murray (Phillies), P Phil Kline (Waivers)

Goings: P Zach Eflin (Philadelphia), P Severino Gonzalez (Phillies)

Probables: Wed: Lively; Thur: Buchanan; Fri: Russell; Sat: Vasquez

8 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Report

  1. Ruf, Burriss, and Hunter certainly show the level of divide between AAA and the big leagues. All three epitomize the definition of an AAAA player.

    Good to see Knapp’s bat coming around but would rather hear that his defense has greatly improved. His ultimate value is defined by the position he currently plays.

    1. I would like to see Ruf get a September call-up to facilitate a thumbs up or down verdict on keeping him on the 40 man roster this off-season. I guess a case could be made for doing the same with Taylor Featherston.

      1. I’d be fine with bringing him up now and let him play LF on a regular basis for the rest of the season. I’m don’t expect him to ultimately succeed in that role but it would be a final chance to see.

  2. Also seems that the Phillies have enough starting pitching depth that its time for the team to cut ties with Buchanan and let him move on. He’s been surpassed as the “next guy up” in case of injury with the big club.

      1. More of a question of is he helping the organization at this point? He’s not going to be an injury replacement and he’s not helping Lehigh Valley at this point.

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