Lehigh Valley Report

Prior to their rain out yesterday, Lehigh Valley had won four of their last six games and return home for a quick two game home stand against Scranton before hitting the road for three games against Pawtucket.  At 76-52, Lehigh Valley sits in 2nd place of the Northern Division, four games behind division leading Scranton, however hold a 5.5 game lead in the wild card race with 15 games remaining in the season.

News and Notes: Darin Ruf has hit safely in his last 7 games, during which he is hitting .400 with 3HR and 8RBI.  Over the last month, Ruf leads the IL in slugging %.

Cody Asche has hit in all 9 games since being optioned from Philadelphia.

Anthony Vasquez continues pitching well wherever he is throwing.  Over his last 8 starts for Lehigh Valley, Vasquez is 3-0 with a 2.23ERA and 5 quality starts.

–P Phil Klein has been added to the rotation and is throwing very well, going 2-0 with a 1.40ERA in his last 3 starts.

–Over his last 12 games, RP Colton Murray has a 1.53ERA; and has struck out 16 in 17.2IP.

JP Crawford was out on the lineup for an 8 game stint between 8/10 and 8/17.  Since returning to the lineup, Crawford is 3-14 (.214) and his average has fallen to .255 since joining Lehigh Valley.

Andy Knapp continues to progress defensively and has now thrown out over 36% of would be base stealers this season.

–Over the last 2 months, 1B Brock Stassi is hitting .287 with 10HR 37RBI and 14 go ahead RBI.

Darnell Sweeney continues to be extremely disappointing this season and is currently mired in a 3-32 slump over his last 11 games.

–Between Reading and Lehigh Valley, 2B Jesmuel Valentin is hitting just .192 over his last 33 games combined.

–Over his last 19 games, Nick Williams is hitting just .145 with a 30% K rate.

–OF Cedric Hunter continues to lead the team in average with RISP at .395.

–RP Luis Garcia is unscored upon in his last 11 AAA appearances and is 9 for his last 9 in save opportunities.  Garcia is now the all time Lehigh Valley leaders in saves with 35.

–In his 2nd AAA start, P Nick Pivetta set a career high in strikeouts with 9 in his start last Thursday.

–In 25 starts between Lehigh Valley and Reading, Ben Lively is a combined 15-5 with a 2.93ERA.  Lively has made 5 consecutive quality starts.

–The ‘Pigs are an incredible 52-15 when they score the first run of a game.

–Over his last 37 games, Cam Perkins is hitting .308 with 4HR 17RBI.

–Since July 5th, Lehigh Valley starting pitchers are 24-8 with a 2.64ERA.

Pigs Leaders: Hitting: Nick WIlliams is 5th in AB(449), 9th in RBI (61); 2nd in runs(70); 3rd in hits (119), 6th in strikeouts(117);  3rd in doubles (30); Darin Ruf is 6th in HR(18); Brock STassi is 9th in walks(51) and 9th in OBP(.366); Pitching: Jake Thompson leads the league in wins(11); 2nd in ERA (2.50) and is 3rd in WHIP (1.10); David Buchanan is 7th in starts (23), 6th in HR allowed (15), 9th in WHIP (1.23) and 3rd in IP (148.1); Edward Mujica leads the league in saves (23); Luis Garcia is 7th in saves (10).

Transactions: Comings: P Nick Pivetta (promoted from Reading); Cody Asche (optioned from Philly); P Patrick Schuster (claimed off waivers), P Luis Garcia (optioned from Philly), P Elvis Arajuo (optioned from Philly); INF Taylor Featherston (optioned from Philly)

Goings: P Adam Morgan (promoted to Philly); Frank Herrmann (promoted to Philly); INF Emmanuel Burriss (promoted to Philly); OF Osmel Aguila (placed on DL); OF David Lough (released)

Probables: Mon< Vasquez; Tues: Lively; Wed: Pivetta; Thur: Klein; Fri: Buchanan

2 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Report

  1. I’m sorry Gregg, I almost missed this piece. I always like your LHV reports… especially this year. All the comings and goings explain why teams at AAA and AA have a hard time slopping to finish line. Your guys coming to the team have to play well to replace the guys moving up to Philly. Around this time in the season, it’s hard to put a productive team on the field when guys who were hitting are slumping, new guys coming up are still in their learning curve and some guys getting sent down pout a little.

    Williams looks more like he’s bucking for a demotion than a promotion to Philly. Stassi, Perkins and Ruf are trying to keep the boat afloat but it’s not exactly easy to carry the team.

  2. Roster movement due to Major League club needs definitely make an AAA team tough to follow.
    Interesting when guys like Ruf and Garcia play well in AAA but have issues in Majors.
    Every year exposes pitching depth, but to start the season it seemed that the minors had more valid prospects that starting pitching spots.

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