Lehigh Valley Report

With their 3-2 win on Friday, Lehigh Valley is now 2-3 on their seven game home stand which concludes on Sunday after two more games against Charlotte.  Over the last six weeks, the ‘Pigs are 32-18 and are 47-35 overall, good for 3rd place in the Northern Division of the International League, 3 games behind division leading Scranton. In the wild card race, Lehigh Valley sits just 0.5 games behind Rochester for the wild card spot.  AFter finishing their series against CHarlotte, Lehigh Valley heads to Scranton for a quick two game series before returning home for two games against Rochester.

News and Notes: Jake Thompson has made six consecutive quality starts.

–C Andy Knapp, OF Cam Perkins and P Edward Mujica were all named to the IL ALL Star game upcoming July 13th in Charlotte.

–Over the last 10 games, the ‘Pigs bullpen has allowed just 2 ER in 26.2IP.  Edward Mujica, leading the bullpen corps has converted 11 straight save opportunities.

Cedric Hunter remains very hot for Lehigh Valley hitting .348 over his last 26 games with 14RBI in those contests.

Anthony Vasquez is tied for 4th in MILB in wins with 9 between Reading and Lehigh Valley.

–Since June 8th, P Frank Herrmann has made 8 appearances and allowed a lone run in 10IP.

Cam Perkins has been slumping badly going 2 for his last 26.

Darin Ruf continues performing at the AAA level hitting for both average and power, with a .326 average in his last 34 games, to go along with a .581 slg %.

–In his last 18 games, RP Luis Garcia is 6-0 with a 1.23ERA (22IP/3ER)

Emmanuel Burriss has played well since being sent down from Philadelphia hitting in 13 of his 15 starts (.297)

–Taking the loss Monday, Ben Lively lost for the first time in his last 23 starts, spanning almost a year.

–In his last 7 starts, David Buchanan is 1-3 with a 5.95ERA.

‘Pigs prospects: JP Crawford has hit in 15 of his last 19 games, hitting .329 over that span to raise his average to .243 since joining the ‘Pigs.  On the year, Crawford is at .254/.362/.338 between Reading and Lehigh Valley with 3HR 24RBI and 10SB.  He has played 74 games at SS with 9 errrors this year (.975).

Nick WIlliams has been playing well when not benched, having hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games (.306, HR, 8RBI, 8R).  Since JP Crawford arrived on May 20th, WIlliams has hit .319 with 5HR and 21RBI. Over his 275AB, Williams is at .287/.329/.469 with 8HR 39RBI to go along with 5SB.  WIlliams is hitting .272 vs LHP and .295 vs RHP.

Next report: Jake Thompson, Ben Lively, Andy Knapp

‘Pigs Probables: Sun: Russell; Mon: Buchanan; Tue: Vasquez; Wed: Thompson

‘Pigs league leaders, Hitting:Nick Williams is 6th in runs (44), 8th in strikeouts (77) and 8th in SLG (.469); ; Tyler Featherston is 8th in runs (41) and  6th in triples (4); Brock Stassi is 7th in walks (36) and 6th in OBP (.374). Pitching: Luis Garcia is 6th in wins (6); Jake Thompson is 7th in ERA (2.76), 2nd in IP (97.2) and tied for the league lead in starts (16); Edward Mujica is 3rd in games (33) and leads the league in saves(21); Zach Eflin leads the league in WHIP (0.88)

Transactions: Comings: P Phil Klein (claimed off waivers), P Elvis Arajuo (from Phillies); Goings: P Edubray Ramos (promoted to Philadelphia)

4 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Report

  1. ive never been on the Ruf bandwagon…but with Joseph with 8 hits, a homer and 3 rbi in his last 18 games…and with Howard finally out of the picture mostly at first, with Ruf swinging the bat well in AAA and before you just cut him loose at the end of the season, do you consider sending Joseph down and bring Ruf up for a month and playing everyday and just seeing what happens?

    1. If it were my call, I would save a Ruf call-up to September 1. At one time I thought they would release Howard at the August 1 trade deadline and, if that occurred, then they could fill that roster spot with Ruf, But I wouldn’t shuffle the deck for Ruf whose prospects for being a change-maker in Philly appear remote.

      It’s hard to assess where pitching will be on September 1. But my position call-ups in September, in addition to Ruf, would be Alfaro, Crawford and Altherr (off the DL). This involves finding space for Crawford on the 40-man. If Nick Williams is still performing, I would bring him up but only after the Iron Pigs’ season ends. I would slow his roll to that extent to send a signal about the need for consistent effort on the field.

  2. Gregg, what is your opinion of the Nick Williams situation? Personally, I understand the the first incident when Williams should have been on second base on the outfield error. I don’t understand the second incident when Williams grounded sharply back to the pitcher which was fielded cleanly in a close game and was upset that he did not get a hit. Was Dave Brundage too harsh on the second one as the Phillies organization seems to have trouble with talented outspoken players(like Rollins and Williams). I don’t take the Philadelphia writers at gospel and they seem to be making a big issue of these two mistakes. I ask you because you see the Iron Pigs much more than they do and frankly value your opinion more.

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