Lehigh Valley entered the All Star break playing well going 6-4 over their previous ten games prior to the break and at 52-39 on the year, good for second place in the Northern Division of the International League, 4 games behind division leading Scranton. With 51 games remaining, the ‘Pigs are 0.5 games ahead of Rochester for the wild card playoff position. Coming off the break, Lehigh Valley plays four at home against Buffalo before hitting the road for seven games against Indianapolis and Louisville.
News and Notes: Edward Mujica has converted 13 consecutive save opportunities and is just 3 saves behind Scott Mathieson (26) for the Lehigh Valley single season franchise record.
–Entering the all star break, JP Crawford has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, raising his average to .270.
–With over 50 games left, the ‘Pigs have already surpassed their HR total for all of 2015.
–RP Frank Herrmann has been throwing very well, having been unscored upon in his last 7 outings.
–INF Emmanuel Burriss has been a solidifying force for Lehigh Valley, hitting in 9 of his last 11 starts (.325 over that time period)
‘Pigs Prospects: Jake Thompson now has 7 consecutive “quality starts”, lowering his ERA to 2.58 for the year. Over his last 7 starts, Thompson is 4-0 with a microscopic 0.73ERA and has allowed just 4ER in 49+ innings, averaging over 7IP per start. Over the last 13 starts (8 weeks), Thompson is 6-2 with a 1.79 ERA and is clearly knocking on the door of the major leagues.
Ben Lively put together a very nice start before the all star break, throwing six shutout innings to become the first pitcher in minor league baseball to win 11 games this year. AFter scuffling a bit as of late, Lively improved his record to a combined 11-2 whis year between Reading and Lehigh Valley to go along with an ERA of 2.69.
Andy Knapp is at .264/.334/.398 in 261AB this year with 7HR 32RBI and is hitting .259 over the last month. Defensively, Knapp has now caught 66 games and made 7 errors to go along with 10 passed balls. Knapp’s caught stealing rate is improving at 31% (11/35).
(Next week: Crawford and WIlliams)
‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting: Nick Williams is 7th in runs (48), 8th in doubles (20), 5th in triples(5); Taylor Featherston is 9th in runs (46), 8th in HR (12); Brock STassi is 10th in walks (39) and 10th in OBP(.367). Pitching: Jake Thompson is 4th in wins(7), 4th in ERA (2.58), 8th in WHIP (1.14), 6th in IP(104.2)and 5th in starts (17); David Buchanan has the 2nd worst ERA (4.80); Edward Mujica is 3rd in games (36) and leads the league in SV(23).
Transactions, Comings: P Severino Gonzalez (Optioned from Philly), P Adam Morgan (optioned from Philly), P Dailier Hinojosa (Optioned from Philly); Goings: OF David Lough (Placed on DL)