Lehigh Valley Report

Buffalo took two of three from Lehigh Valley over the weekend, dropping the ‘Pigs record to 65-43 on the season.  The ‘Pigs remain in second place of the Northern Division of the International League, 3.5 games behind division leading Scranton with a month remaining in the season.  Lehigh Valley is 2.5 games ahead of Rochester for the wild card spot.  This week, the ‘Pigs play three in Rochester followed by three if Buffalo.

News and Notes: Scott Kingery had a four hit night on Saturday, tying his career high. Kingery now has a 16 game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .314.  The hitting streak is the longest for any Lehigh Valley player this season. Kingery has also reached base in 23 consecutive games, tied for the Lehigh Valley season high.

On Saturday, Ricardo Pinto extended his scoreless streak to 17IP since moving to the bullpen (major league activity not included).  Pinto has been perfect in stranding inherited runners as well (13)

Dylan Cozens has some concerning spilts, hitting .275 at home and just .176 on the road. Over his last 18 games, Cozens is hitting .149 with 36K’s in 67AB.

JP Crawford ended July hitting .281 for the month with 8HR and 18RBI, a very impressive month.  That to go along with an 18% BB rate for the month. Last Wednesday, Crawford had the first ever IronPigs inside the park grand slam.

Infielder Pedro Florimon remains very consistent, having reached base in 13 straight games.

Lehigh Valley is 2nd in the IL in home runs with 121.  Their all time single season record is 122, which will be easily shattered with a full month left ion the season.

Zach Eflin has been effective since returning from the DL with an ERA of 3.38 over his 5 starts, including 3 quality starts.

Between AA and AAA, SP Brandon Leibrandt is a combined 7-1 with a 1.79ERA in his last 12 starts.

Ben Lively was removed from his last start after getting hit in the leg with a batted ball.  He is expected to make his next start.

RP Colton Murray has allowed runs in 8 of his last 15 games.  He has an ERA of 8.82 over that span.

RP Yacksel Rios has put his name on the prospect map this season.  Over his last 13 appearances between AA and AAA  he has a 1.29ERA and has struck out 20 in 21IP.

Over his last 24 games, C Jorge Alfaro is hitting just .170.

Pigs Leaders: Hitting: Dylan Cozens is 8th in AB(377), is 5th in runs (59), 5th in RBI (63)3rd in HR(23) and leads the league in strikeouts (146, 35%); Rhys Hoskins leads the league in runs (72),leads the league in HR(24), RBI(78), SLG(.559),  is 3rd in OBP (.384), 7th in hits(103), and 2nd in walks(58); JP Crawford is 5th in triples (5), and leads the league in walks(59); Nick Williams is 9th in HR(15); Jorge Alfaro is 5th in strikeouts (108); Pitching: Jake Thompson leads the league in losses (11); Pedro Beato is 3rd in games (44) and leads the league in SV(27), Pat Venditte is 6th in games (40); Tom Eshelman is 2nd in CG(2); Mark Appel is 3rd in walks (53)

Transactions: Comings: INF Matt Williams (signed as free agent); Mark Leiter (optioned from Philly), INF Brock Stassi (optioned from Philly), P Joe DeNato (promoted from reading), P Ricardo Pinto (optioned from Philly), P Alexis Rivero (promoted from Reading); Goings: OF Osmel Aguila (released); P Tom Eshelman (DL), P Jake Thompson (promoted to Philly), P Edubray Ramos (DL), P Jesen Therrien (Promoted to Philly), P Pedro Beato (promoted to Philly)


17 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Report

  1. I’m way too invested in JP’s daily boxscores. The future just feels so much better with him being an all star major leaguer. Keep it going, JP! Thanks for rundown.

    1. Same here. I’m rooting for him, generally happy for him. He seems to have struggles when promoted, and then like a light switch takes off. I expect more of the same once he is eventually promoted to the majors. Question is, where does he play and who is moved between Galvis,Hernandez,Franco,and Kingery(eventually)?

      1. Crawford to SS. Galvis either to super IF sub, 2B (if Hernandez is moved; until Kingery arrives) or 3B (if Franco is moved), or traded.

  2. Here is an interesting stat Joey Gallo is hitting .197/.312/ with an 824 OPS in the MLB this season. In the Minors he is .264/.392 with a 956 OPS and still just 23 years old.

    Cozens is also 23 and still only minors stats to go on but 260/328 with only an 800 OPS is not looking like a player that can translate to the MLB. I hate to say that because I’m a big big fan of the young man. And defensively he is really solid in the OF.

    I’m thinking if it was going to click for him it would have done so by now. I hope I’m wrong.

    1. DMAR….the difference between the two players…..Gallo is able to take walks.
      Gallo-15%…Cozens -9%

        1. FWIW……I did Cozens slash with a 15% BB rate, same as Joey Gallo’s minor league BB rate, and came up with an OPS of .838….so it must be more than just walks.

        2. DMAR…..SLG favors Gallo….he hit a HR every 14 PAs in the minors….Cozens HR was every 25 PAs….that could be another reason in the large discrepancy between their respective OPS’ since HRs are a factor of four times in the equation, the most of all hits for the SLG result.

          1. Romus you are so under appreciated around here when are we going to grab a few cold ones….

            1. Yep….McFadden’s behind home plate …get rocco also
              Oh btw…..in regards to Cozens vs Gallo and that OPS…..Cozens didn;t really start blasting HRs until 2016 at CLW/Reading and ..Gallo came out of HS blasting them at low A and Hi A. Cozens had the 16 at LKW, but Gallo was way ahead of him by then.

  3. *The IronPigs lost 2 of 3 to DURHAM over the weekend to cap a 7-game home stand 3-4 where they also split with Gwinnett. They are 4-6 in their last 10, and 10-8 since the All Star Break.

    *OF Dylan Cozens hasn’t looked sharp lately, and was rested in the last two games of the home stand as well as the off-day on Monday. No word of any injury at this time.

    *RHP Tom Eshelman pitched in a side session during the home stand and it was determined that he would miss at least another start with the balky hip flexor.

    * RHP Mark Leiter, Jr., originally listed as today’s probable starter, is still with Philadelphia following the trades over the weekend. RHP Jose Taveras is up from Reading to take his place today (Tuesday). LHP Cesar Ramos started Sunday.

    *RHP Edubray Ramos has been activated from the DL; he had a blister.

    *INF Harold Martinez has returned to Reading. He looked over-matched at AAA in limited action.

    *OF Herlis Rodriguez, who played on 9 games at AA, has been solid given the circumstances. He’s played reasonably well in center field, scored the winning run after a double and a Scott Kingery hit the other night, and is slashing .214/.237/.314. Not great, but he seems to be holding his own for now. (I’d like to see Carlos Tocci, but I digress..)

    *RHP Zach Eflin had a dud versus Gwinnett on 7/24, but rebounded nicely versus Durham on 7/29.

    *INF Hector Gomez was activated from the DL Sunday, where he had been nursing a coincidental hip flexor injury.

    Probables in ROC and BUF this week:

    Tue: Taveras
    Wed: Leibrandt
    Thu: Eflin
    Fri: TBA
    Sat: TBA

    (hoping for good health for Lively and Eshelman)

    Meanwhile in Reading:

    *INF Jorge Flores released
    *LHP Garrett Cleavinger assigned from Baltimore
    *RHP Jacob Waguespack promoted from Clearwater, will start tonight
    *C Numata and INF Walding both on DL after collision last Tuesday night
    *C Deivi Grullon promoted from Clearwater
    *LHP Jeff Singer promoted from Clearwater
    *RHP Drew Anderson promoted directly to Philadelphia

    Reading Probables:
    Tue: Waguespack
    Wed: Bergjans
    Thu: Viza
    Fri: Irvin

  4. If Anderson is to succeed in this MLB tryout, he’s going to need a better breaking ball than I saw on Thursday night in Hartford.

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