Lehigh Valley Report

The ‘Pigs keep rolling along, completing a very successful 6-1 road trip with a win yesterday over Syracuse, giving Lehigh Valley 15 wins in their last 16 games.  The ‘Pigs , who return home this week for a 7 game home stand, now sit at 29-14 and 4 games ahead of second place Scranton in the Northern Division of the International League.

News and Notes: Lehigh Valley has now won seven consecutive series, tying their franchise record.

–Over the last 16G, the Lehigh Valley bullpen is 8-1 with 11SV to go along with an ERA of 1.15.

–After starting the year strong, P Ricardo Pinto has been really struggling as of late with a 10.78ERA over his last 4 starts.  His ERA is approaching 6 on the season.

–P Cesar Ramos continues to throw well in his role as the long man/spot starter, not having allowed an ER in his last 4 games.

–C Jorge Alfaro is in his first extended his funk of the season, hitting just .125 (4-32) over the last week.

–A nice week for SS JP Crawford, who hit .357 with two game winning hits.  The Mendoza line is quickly approaching (.191).

–After starting the season 5/28, Nick Williams is hitting .277 over the last 33 games with 5HR and 15RBI.

–‘Pigs closer Pedro Beato leads the league with 13 saves and has not been scored upon in his last 13 appearances.

–RP Hoby Milner still has not allowed an ER in 2017, spanning 15.2IP in 12 games.

Ben Lively has won 5 straight decisions for Lehigh Valley, and is 10-1 with a 2.40ERA for the ‘Pigs over his last 12 starts.  There seems little to lose by moving Lively up to Philadelphia to see what he has at the major league level and there are several corresponding moves that could be made to make room

–With their loss last Thursday, the ‘Pigs franchise record 12 game winning streak was snapped

Tom Eshelman has been outstanding since his call up from AA, with all three of his starts, quality starts.  Is his last 6 starts between AA and AAA, Eshelman is 5-0 with a 1.71ERA.

Jake Thompson has allowed just 2ER over his last 4 AAA starts (0.77ERA)

–Over the last 14 games, Dylan Cozens is hitting .293 with 7HR and 14RBI

Pedro Florimon has been playing regularly since Jesmuel Valentin went on the DL and has been excellent, hitting in 9 of his last 10 games (.472).

Rhys Hoskins remains extremely consistent this year, hitting .306 with 4HR and 15RBI over his last 10 games.

–Another potential move to shake things up in Philly is to move up Roman Quinn, who is deserving.  Over his last 23 games, Quinn is hitting .326 with a .414 OBP.

Probables: Mon: Off; Tues: Pivetta; Wed: Appel; Thur: Thompson; Fri: Eshelman

‘Pigs League Leaders:Hitting; Rhys Hoskins is 3rd in runs (29), 5th in avg (.315), 2nd in OBP (.404); 7th in walks (22), 6th in hits (46), leads the league in homers (12), SLG (.651) and RBI(36); Dylan Cozens is 8th in runs (26), 3rd in HR(11), 2nd in RBI (32) and leads the league in strikeouts (62); JP Crawford is 4th in walks (25); Nick WIlliams is 9th in strikeouts (47); Roman Quinn is 7th in SB(8).  Pitching: Ben Lively leads the league in wins(5), is 6th in ERA (2.79), 5th in IP(48) and 2nd in WHIP (0.95); Pedro Beato is 2nd in games(19), leads the league in SV(13); Mark Appel is 4th in HR allowed (8) and 10th in walks (19)

Transactions:Comings: Jorge Flores (from Reading); Jake Thompson (from Phillies); Goings: Jesmuel Valentin (DL); Wander Perez (released); Dailier Hinojosa (Released)

 

 

17 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Report

    1. Definitely encouraging to read. I hope he turns the corner. It would go a long way if an arm like he has could contribute in 2018-2019 in the rotation, however unlikely that is.

  1. The biggest thing going for the organization right now is that the Iron Pigs prospects are experiencing winning together. Their doing it in dramatic fashion as well which is also galvanizing. Though only a few of these kids will move upward and onward together, this success after an April of struggling will pay off. Quinn could be a game changer, Alfaro and Crawford are special players who’ll need time to become what they’ve shown flashes of up until now. Hoskins should be a solid major leaguer. Cozens and Williams are wild cards. I haven’t written them off yet.

      1. 8mark, what you say is very true. Maybe instead of promoting players too early, they should stay and experience success at the AAA level. Develop a winning attitude and rise to the big leagues together. Phillies aren’t going anywhere this year anyway. It could be a special year in Lehigh Valley, let them enjoy that and build on that.

        1. The only guy from AAA I would call up this year (before September) outside of the starting staff would be Quinn. He really should be starting over Saunders fairly soon. I’d give Saunders the month of June before I bench him or DFA him.

          This line up, shockingly could be even better when Pullin & Kingery move up.

          Kingery
          Crawford
          Alfaro
          Cozens
          Hoskins
          Williams
          Perkins
          Pullin
          3B of choice

  2. New to the site so forgive me in posting is not appropriate. Just wanted to know if I am wrong to like the pairing of Pullin/Canelo more than Williams/Crawford?

    1. As far as a left field to short stop game of catch they are probably close to being even, just kidding,
      Pullin from what I’ve read isn’t very athletic and is stuck in left field , and if you recall Williams came via trade and crushed AA as well and can play anywhere in the outfield. Canelo seems to have a good year then a bad year and last year was a bad year but I’m starting to get a little excited

      1. Also it’s been reported that Pullin has begun taking ground balls at 1b, presumably in preparation for Hoskins’ eventual promotion.

        1. I would think they’re trying to create positional flexibility. Especially with two RH 1B in front of Pullin if his path to the Major Leagues in the near future is as a 4th/5th outfielder finding another way to get him at bats is important.

          I don’t say that based on a lack of talent as obviously he can hit but he’s going to have to really perform or the Phillies are going to have to trade somebody for him to have a starting spot in the next 1-2 years given the guys in front of him and the potential free agents (JD Martinez, Justin Upton, Bryce Harper, etc)

  3. I think you are wrong, but they are both interesting pairings. I really don’t trust Reading offensive stats until they are replicated at Allentown. I’ve seen way too many Reading wonders bomb in Allentown. Reading is a plus-plus park/league for hitters. Allentown slightly favors pitchers. Pullin/Canelo have been good, but Kingery outshines them. Tocci hitting on a par with Canelo and he’s really never hit well before. Check back next year at this time to see if Pullin/Canelo/Tocci are still doing it in Allentown.

    1. Check Pullin and Kingery’s splits. They are doing more damage on the road (Kingery’s latest barrage of HRs may have flipped the script) than at home.

  4. Is Pinto being moved to reliever? Not seeing him in rotation list. He has potential in that spot if he does.

    1. All signs point to yes. We should get some clarity from the Pigs beats as the team returns today (Tues). His fastball can be electric and his change can be devastating–but can he get it all to work together? We’ll see. Could move quickly if it all comes together.

    2. I agree. He definitely has the potential to impact the back end of a bullpen. Definitely more upside for him there than as a 4/5 guy in the rotation IMO.

  5. When will Roman Quinn move up on the SB leader board? He is getting on base. Is he less than 100% healthy? Is he still learning how to read pitchers’ moves? Either way, I prefer that he figure it out on the farm rather in the show. I am in no rush to see a sub 300 AAA hitter who is 7th in SB. I want him to earn his promotion. Right now I see no evidence that he would be better for the Phillies than anyone on the current 25-man roster or Nava.

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