Lehigh Valley Report

The ‘Pigs have been playing well as of late coming into tonight’s game working on a three game winning streak and are 17-13 on the season, the first time this season they are four games above .500.  Currently in second place in the Northern Division of the International League, Lehigh Valley continues at home all week with two more against Rochester before a four game series against Buffalo.    Aaron Nola will be rehabbing tomorrow night at Coca Cola Park in his first rehab start in hopes of shortly returning to the Phillies rotation.

Notes: Tom Eshelman was called up from AA on Monday and made his first AAA start and dominated Rochester.  He went 8IP allowing just four hits and a walk and did not yield an ER while striking out six.  He was throwing strikes consistently all evening, keeping hitters off balance.

–In his whirlwind trip from the Toronto organization, to Philly, to Lehigh Valley and now back to Philly, Ty Kelly took the time to HR in his only game as an IronPig.

–Interestingly, JP Crawford has reached base in each of his last 15 games, however is hitting only .208 during that time period.

Rhys Hoskins remains scalding hot, hitting .371 over the last 18 games with 5HR 15RBI.

–Both Hoby Milner (9.2IP) and Pat Vendittee (14.1IP) have not allowed an ER in 17 combined appearances this year.  With the issues in the Phils bullpen, you have to wonder if Vendittee, who has major league experience, gets the call soon.  Not the answer but a potential stopgap innings eater.

–SP Mark Appel finally threw well in his last outing going 5.2 scoreless innings last week against Buffalo, still he is 2-5 with a 6.80ERA over his last 10 AAA starts.

–SP Ricardo Pinto has been hit around in his last 2 starts, allowing 11ER in 8IP to go along with 7 walks.

–‘Pigs catchers have combined to hit .342 with 4HR and 23RBI this season.  Jorge Alfaro continues to get the large bulk of playing time, however, Logan Moore has been effective with both the bat and glove this season as well.

Dylan Cozens is 4-40 (.100) against left handed pitching.  Three of his four hits have been homers.

–After starting the season hitting .333 , Jesmuel Valentin has really cooled off, hitting .143 since April 20th.

–OF Cam Perkins remains very consistent, hitting .313 over his last 19 games and .301 over his last 45 games dating back to late last season.

–After starting the season slumping, Nick WIlliams has hit .319 over his last 21 games.

‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting: Rhys Hoskins is 4th in runs (20), 5th in OBP (.426); leads in league in SLG (.657), 4th in AVG (.346), 6th in RBI(20), leads the league in HR(8), and is 3rd in hits (34); Jorge Alfaro is 9th in hits (31) and 7th in AVG (.326); Cam Perkins is 8th in doubles (8); Dylan Cozens is 8th in HR(5), is 5th in RBI(20), and 2nd in strikeouts (44); JP Crawford is 4th in walks (17); Roman Quinn is 4th in SB(7)

Pitching: Mark Appel has the 8th worst ERA (5.93) and is 5th in HR allowed; , Pedro Beato is 4th in games (12); Ben Lively is 8th in WHIP (0.97)

Transactions: Comings: RP Luis Garcia (from Philly), P Tom Eshelman (from Philly), Ty Kelly (from Toronto); Goings: Ty Kelly (to Philly), Wander Perez (to Reading), Jake Thompson (to Philly), Nick Pivetta (to Philly)



11 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Report

  1. Not really fan of control pitchers who lack velocity but Eshelman walked just 18 in 376 college innings. Has deception because of short arm path doesn’t give hitters good look at his release point. Idolized Greg Maddux growing up. Partially trying to convince myself here.

    1. Eshelman has had success all along the way. Until he falters, the trend is upward. I think his chances of making to the Philly rotation are higher than Appel making the rotation. Appel has better stuff but his trend is down.

    2. Only a few can get away with low velocity. You have to be perfect without decent velocity.

      1. Eshelman has been labeled as a soft-tosser, but he’s not exactly that. Eshelman was sitting high 80s when he was drafted but now throws in the low 90s – a lot like Eickhoff. He’s not a junkballer – he’s a guy with average-ish velocity.

    3. Eshelman and Lively (who throws a little harder but profiles similarly) will probably get to the majors as long relief/spot starters. One will likely be packaged in a trade. Neither figures to be more than a 5th starter. Eshelman probably has the higher ceiling of the 2.

  2. cant believe Phils score 9 runs and bullpen cant hold on. Why is Venditte not in Philly???

    1. No 40-man spot? I think he will be soon. I think Adam Morgan’s 40-man spot is hanging by a thread. They’re putting him into some different situations to see how he responds–some longer tasks, and last night he got a LOOGY shot. It’s been real, but it hasn’t been real great. We’ll see. And I say all this despite Adam being one of my favorite guys to talk to in a clubhouse full of great guys. My prediction: he gets DFA’d and goes back into the IronPigs rotation as needed.

  3. Not sure what the Phillies FO envisions for the future of Ben Lively on their team, but the Giants are in dire need of starting pitchers, and they may be a viable option in a move.
    The farm is not the strongest right now, but maybe the Phillies could get a quality younger lower level prospect in exchange.
    Lively has really nothing else to prove at the AAA level with almost 150 inning pitched there and approx 270 innings pitched at the AA level.
    He needs to be challenged now at the top level.

    1. In the fullness of time, he’ll get his shot. Even if it’s like a swap with Thompson, just to see how he responds and how the stuff plays. Still need guys to make these AAA starts every night.

      1. Yes I get the AAA requirement for starters….and there are those 4A arms floating around, but still I see it as development vs wins and losses, even at that highest minor league level.
        As for time factor with Lively…at his present age25 season, he is pretty much a tick beyond the normal progression as a college drafted starting pitcher’s first pitch at the MLB level.

  4. Still not sure how Appel made the Top 20 in the reader poll…and Eshelman barely made the Top 30. Those two should have switched places!

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