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Around the System–Outfield

Lehigh Valley

Cedric Hunter, 28, SIgned as free agent in 2016; .292/.328/.425 in 233AB; 6HR 35RBI; 6/9SB; 5%BB/15%K; .274 vs LHP; .309 vs RHP; .209 in July; 52 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; Hunter, while struggling a bit as of late has played well for Lehigh Valley consistently hitting the ball hard while seeing most of his time in RF.

David Lough, 30, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .292/.364/.406 in 96AB for Lehigh Valley; 1HR 8RBI; 1SB; 9%BB/10%K; .217 vs LHP; .315 vs RHP; .283 last 30 days; 28 games in the OF with 1 error (.982); 2 OF assists; Lough recently spent some time on the DL but has played well for Lehigh Valley.  He is a fundamentally sound AAAA player.

Cam Perkins, 25, Phils 6th round pick in 2012; .294/.327/.446 in 269AB; 7HR 31RBI; 7SB; 5%BB/16%K; .351 vs LHP; .253 vs RHP; .340 in July; 66 games in the OF with 5 errors (.969); 2 OF assists; Perkins has put up solid numbers all year.  While not in line to start in the majors, he could fit well as a 4th or 5th OF.

Nick WIlliams, 22, Acquired from Texas in 2015; .289/.323/.466 in 350AB; 9HR 47RBI; 5/9SB; 5%BB/24%K; .261 vs LHP; .303 vs RHP; .291 in July; Williams has been playing well and has been very consistent after a slow first month or so of the year.  In the long term, you would like to see the walk rate tick up and strikeout rate tick down with additional work on the basepaths needed.

Reading

Osmel Aguila, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .214/.317/.388 in 103AB between CLearwater and Reading; 3HR 12RBI; 1SB; 10%BB/19%K; .190 vs LHP; .243 vs RHP; .256 in July; 32 games in the OF with 1 error (.983); 1 OF assist. Largely unimpressive since his signing in May.

Dylan Cozens, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .286/.373/.586 in 353AB; 25HR 82RBI; 17/18SB; 12%BB/29%K; .200 vs LHP; .309 vs RHP; .307 last 30 days; .315 with 20HR 54RBI at home; .262 with 5HR 28RBI on the road; 88 games in the OF with 3 errors (.983); 8 OF assists; Cozens overall body of work is outstanding however there is absolutely something to be said for the First Energy stadium effect by looking at the numbers.  Away from home, Cozens become a very average player.  Time will tell where he actually lands.

Christian Marrero, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .219/.353/.398 in 128AB; 6HR 20RBI; 17%BB/19%K; .200 vs LHP; .222 vs RHP; .292 in July; 32 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; 9 games at 1B with 1 error (.984); Marrero has hit into some hard luck this year.  Although a very low average, he has gotten on base regularly and provided some pop.

Andrew Pullin, 22, Phils 5th round pick in 2012; .317/.359/.514 in 208AB between CLearwater and Reading; 8HR 36RBI; 5%BB/14%K; Has hit .377 in 61 AB for Reading; 46 games in the OF without an error; 4 OF assists; After missing the first part of the season due to personal issues, Pullin has come on very strong this season.  Still only 22, Pullin does not seem to get much recognition but has really produced the last two seasons.

DL: Aaron Brown (24, Phils 3rd rd pick, ’14) and Roman Quinn (23, Phils 2nd rd pick, ’11). Quinn has now missed 5 weeks.

Clearwater

Herlis Rodriguez, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .222/.286/.256 in 90AB; 0HR 9RBI; 3SB; 5%BB/15%K; .174 vs LHP; .239 vs RHP; 30 games in the OF with 1 error (.984); 1 OF assist; After a very good year last year, Rodriguez has had an injury plagues season this season where he cant seem to get going.

Cord Sandberg, 21, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .226/.304/.314 in 274AB; 4HR 20RBI; 6/13SB; 8%BB/27%K; .159 vs LHP; .246 vs RHP; .211 in July; .167 with RISP; 82 games in the OF with 1 error (.993); 3 OF assists; A very poor, disappointing season thus far for Sandberg.  He has shown very little.

Carlos Tocci, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .277/.332/.347; 2HR 35RBI; 11/17SB; 7%BB/14%K; .222 vs LHP; .298 vs RHP; .304 last 30 days; 88 games in the OF with 2 errors (.991); 8 OF assists; Decent season thus far for Tocci who continues to play an excellent CF.  Hard to believe he is still only 20.

Jiandido Tromp, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .256/.312/.485 in 324AB between Lakewood and CLearwater; 14HR 44RBI; 12/15SB; 8%BB/21%K; FOr Clearwater: .205/.244/.422 in 83AB; 4HR 12RBI; 82 games in the OF with 1 error (.995); 7 OF assists; Alot of raw talent for Tromp who has had some of the typical troubles adjusting up a level.

Derek Campbell, 25, Phils 20th round pick in 2014; .295/.390/.566 in 122AB; 8HR 20RBI; 8%BB/20%K; .294 vs LHP; .295 vs RHP; .304 last 30 days; 7 games at 3B with 2 errors (.867)25 games in the OF without an error; 6 games at 2B with 1 error (.950); After missing the first part of the season injured, Campbell has played extremely well, wherever he has been asked to play.

Lakewood

Zach Coppola, 22, Phils 13th round pick in 2015; .324/.400/.358 in 176AB; 0HR 12RBI; 11SB; 11%BB/10%K; .333 vs LHP; .321 vs RHP; .284 last 30 days; 38 games in the OF with 1 error (.983); 4 OF assists; Revere-like numbers for Coppola.  That said, Revere ended up being a productive major leaguer. Continue reading Around the System–Outfield

Lehigh Valley Report

Lehigh Valley completed their three game series in Indianapolis with a shutout victory  yesterday, sweeping the series and continue on to Louisville for a four game series over the weekend.  The ‘Pigs are currently 58-40 and in 2nd place of the Northern DIvision of the International League, 3 games behind division leading Scranton.  6-1 since the all star break, Lehigh Valley currently sits with a 1.5 game lead in the wild card standings.

News and Notes: With their win on Tuesday night, Lehigh Valley at 58-40 accrued their best start in team history.

–With their shutout win on Wednesday, Lehigh Valley tied their single season record with 12 shutouts recorded.

Jake Thompson had his 9th consecutive quality start on Wednesday, has thrown 22 consecutive scoreless innings and has a 0.57 ERA over the last 9 starts.

David Buchanan has thrown very well in his last 2 starts, giving up just 2ER in 15.2IP and winning both games.  Over the last 11 starts, ‘Pigs starters are 8-1 with a 1.74ERA (67.1IP/13ER)

–After a 3-34 slump, Cam Perkins has hit in 8 of his last 11 games, hitting .381 (16-42) over that time period.

–1B Brock Stassi has reached base safely in his last 11 games, hitting .385 during that time period.  Since May 28th, Stassi is hitting .305 and playing a very good 1B.

Since June 8th, Lehigh Valley relievers are 10-3 with a 1.99ERA to go along with 15SV (126.1IP, 28ER)

–Lehigh Valley completed the season series against the South at 21-7, their best record all time against a division.

–RP Frank Herrmann has not been scored upon in his last 9 games (10IP, 7H, 9K)

–In his last 21 starts, OF Cedric Hunter is hitting .318 (27-85).

–Pitcher Phil Klein earned his first win in the Phillies organization with five scoreless innings on Monday night.  He has been unscored upon in 5 of his 6 appearances since being claimed off waivers from Texas.

–Lehigh Valley pitchers are hitting just .049 (2-41) this year.

–RP Dailier Hinojosa has allowed runs in each of his last 3 outings

–RP Michael Mariot has allowed just 1 run over his last 8 games (9.1IP)

–Since being sent down from Philly, RP Colt Murray is 1-0 with a 2.00ERA in 8G.

‘Pigs Prospects:JP Crawford has played very well over the last 6 weeks after hitting his lower water mark with a .153 batting average on June 11th.  Since that time, Crawford has hit .328 with 3HR and 19RBI to pull his average up to .268.  Almost every AB continues to be a good one and Crawford has been solid in the field, albeit with some “charitable” scoring at times by the official scorer in Lehigh Valley. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Report

Around the System–Corner Infield

Lehigh Valley

Darin Ruf, 29, Phils 20th round pick in 2009; .279/.330/.490 in 208AB; 9HR 40RBI; 7%BB/22%K; .355 vs LHP; .235 vs RHP; .265 last 30 days; 27 games at 1B without an error; 13 games in the OF without an error; Ruf continues hitting lefties extremely well and playing a competent first base.  Pretty clear he is not in the Phillies future but putting up numbers for others to see.

Brock Stassi, 26, Phils 33rd round pick in 2011; .271/.381/.442 in 240AB; 6HR 36RBI; 15%BB/18%K; .315 vs LHP; .251 vs RHP; .298 in July; 56 games at 1B with 1 error (.998) Stassi has a great eye at the plate and is an above average fielder but hasnt hit for the power you need from a first base prospect.

Taylor Featherston, 26, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .273/.327/.463 in 337AB; 12HR 31RBI; 3/6SB; 5%BB/21%K; .243 vs LHP; .288 vs RHP; .248 over last 30 days; .230 with RISP; 40 games at 3B with 7 errors (.929); 23 games at 2B with 4 errors (.958); 16 games at SS with 5 errors (.943); Featherston has been a valuable piece of the Lehigh Valley infield this year, putting up good offensive numbers and showing defensive versatility.

Reading

Rhys Hoskins, 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2014; .277/.344/.553 in 347AB; 25HR 83RBI; 9%BB/24%K; .250 vs LHP; .284 vs RHP; .276 last 30 days; .297 at home; .256 on the road; 85 games at 1B with 10 errors (.987); .611 Slg % at home, .494 Slg % on the road; A deeper dive into Hoskins stats to look at the home vs road splits that are often discussed.  While markedly better at home, Hoskins road numbers are solid as well and the overall body of work is very impressive.  His fielding needs work.

Harold Martinez, 26, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .267/.317/.461 in 180AB; 8HR 37RBI; 7%BB/21%K; .279 vs LHP; .263 vs RHP; .273 in July; 51 games at 3B with 9 errors (.933); 2 games at 1B without an error; Martinez has played competently this year, providing a bit of pop when in the lineup.

Jake Fox, 33, Signed as a free agent in 2016.260/.330/.493 in 292AB; 16HR 55RBI; 8%BB/20%K; .269 vs LHP; .258 vs RHP; .211 in July; 5 games at 1B with 1 error (.980); 9 games at 3B with 2 errors (.846); 2 games in the OF without an error; 2 games caught without an error; Fox has been predominately used as a DH this year and has provided ample protention for Cozens and Hoskins in assisiting them put up monster years.  Fox remains a HR threat and a run producer but has been struggling.

Clearwater

Zach Green, 22, Phils 3rd round pick in 2012; .264/.319/.431 in 288AB; 10HR 52RBI;.301 vs LHP; .246 vs RHP; .237 last 30 days; 4%BB/28%K; 21 games at 1B with 2 errors (.989); 4 games at 3B without an error; After missing almost all of 2015, Green has put up solid offensive numbers.  I would like to see him play a bit more in the field.

Kyle Martin, 23, Phils 4th round pick in 2015; .254/.324/.422 in 315AB; 12HR 55RBI; 3/6SB ; .174 vs LHP; .287 vs RHP; .314 in July; 9%BB/20%K; 71 games at 1B without an error. Martin really struggled for a time period in June, but has come back with a strong July, and is hitting for power albeit with Howardlike splits.  Solid in the field. Continue reading Around the System–Corner Infield

Lehigh Valley Report, All Star Break Addition

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) Continue reading Lehigh Valley Report, All Star Break Addition

Around the System, Relief Pitching–Clearwater and Lakewood

Clearwater

Victor Arano, 21, Acquired from Dodgers in 2014; 25 games, 2-1 with a 2.87ERA; 2SV; 47IP 41H 14BB 54K; .237 opp avg; 1.15WHIP; 0.72 GO/AO; 2.5BB/10.3K per 9; .226 vs LHH, .243 vs RHH, .254 opp avg last 30 days; Arano is one of the relievers that has really impressed this year after struggling in the rotation last year.

Jesen Therrien, 23, Phils 17th round pick in 2011; 20G, 1-2 with a 2.20ERA; 3SV; 26.2IP 17H 19BB 39K; .179 opp avg; 1.35 WHIP; 1.41 GO/AO; 6.4BB/13.2K per 9; .240 vs LHH, .157 vs RHH, .261 opp avg last 30 days; You rarely see an opponents average of .179 and a WHIP as high as 1.35 and that is because of Therrien’s significant control issues.  When/if he is able to significantly improve his command, the Phils may have something here.

Ulises Joaquin, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 30 games between Reading and Clearwater with a 3.22ERA; 8SV; 44.2IP 38H 12BB 40K; .233 opp avg; 1.12 WHIP; 1.26 GO/AO; 2.4BB/8.1K per 9; For Clearwater: 2.13ERA; .188 opp avg; 0.92 WHIP; Joaquin was very poor for Reading early in the year and was sent back to Clearwater where his has been very good.

Matt Hockenberry, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2014; 26G between Reading and Clearwater; 0-1 with a 1.89ERA; 38IP 24H 16BB 35K; .186 opp avg; 1.05WHIP; 0.75GO/AO; 3.8BB/8.3K per 9; For CW: 1.35ERA; .177 opp avg; 0.99 WHIP; Hockenberry has been called up to Reading on three separate occasions only to be sent back after 1 appearance each.  His performance deserves a prolonged look in AA.

Joey DeNato, 24, Phils 19th round pick in 2014; 24G; 2.92ERA; 37IP  31H 13BB 34K; .237 opp avg; 1.19 WHIP; 0.47 GO/AO; 3.2BB/8.3K per 9; .273 vs LHH, .224 vs RHH, .233 last 30 days; Denato has been consistently doing a good job this year, a step below his 2015 dominance at Lakewood. Continue reading Around the System, Relief Pitching–Clearwater and Lakewood

Around the System–Relief Pitching, Lehigh Valley and Reading

Lehigh Valley

Elvis Arajuo, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 3 games, 0-0 with a 4.15ERA; 4.1IP 3H 2ER 2BB 6K; After accruing a 5.87ERA and 1.91WHIP in 27 appearances with the Phillies, Arajuo was sent down to Lehigh Valley to gain command of his pitches.

Luis Garcia, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 29 games, 6-1 with a 2.57ERA; 1SV; 35IP 24H 18BB 33K; .202 opp avg; 1.20WHIP; 2.37 GO/AO; 4.6BB/8.5K per 9; .167 vs LHH, .217 vs RHH, ,217 opp avg last 30 days; Garcia has thrown well for Lehigh Valley this year with the exception of a walk rate that is too high.

Frank Herrmann, 32, SIgned as a free agent in 2016; 15 games, 4-1 with a 2.45ERA; 18.1IP 15H 5BB 16K; .214 opp avg; 1.09WHIP; 0.50 GO/AO; 2.4BB/7.9K per 9; .130 vs LHH, .255 vs RHH, .152 last 30 days; Herrmann has thrown well this year after missing the firsy month plus injured.  His reverse splits are eye opening.

Phil Kline, 27, Signed off waivers in 2016; 12 games between AAA Round Rock and Lehigh Valley; 3.22ERA; 22.1IP 21H 7BB 19K; .241 opp avg; 1.25WHIP; 0.92 GO/AO; 2.8BB/7.7K per 9; .313 vs LHH, .200 vs RHH, .200 opp avg last 30 days; Picked up off waivers from Texas in early June, Klein has given Lehigh Valley solid bullpen depth with major league experience.

Michael Mariot, 27, SIgned as a free agent in 2015; 16 games with Lehigh Valley; 2.86ERA; 22IP 12H 9BB 14K; .162 opp avg; 0.95WHIP; 0.85 GO/AO; 3.7BB/5.7K per 9; .281 vs LHH, .071 vs RHH, .171 opp avg last month; .308 opp avg with RISP; Mariot missed the first portion of the season injured but has been extremely effective for Lehigh Valley without overpowering the opposition.

Edward Mujica, 32, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 34G, 3.65ERA; 21SV; 37IP 41H 3BB 26K; .273 opp avg; 1.19WHIP; 1.02 GO/AO; 0.7BB/6.3K per 9; .305 vs LHH, .253 vs RHH, .222 opp avg last month; 1.59ERA and 0.79 WHIP over last 10 games.  After two awful appearances to start the year, Mujica has been extremely consistent and leads the IL in saves,

Colton Murray, 26, Phils 13th round pick in 2011; 11G; 5.28ERA; 15.1IP 14H 6BB 18K; .241 opp avg; 1.30WHIP; 1.17 GO/AO; 3.5BB/10.6K per 9; .316 vs LHH, .205 vs RHH, .211 last 30 days; Murray was sent down two weeks ago from Philadelphia and has allowed 2ER in 5IP in his 5 games since arriving back in Allentown

Dailier Hinojosa, 30, Acquired off waivers from Red Sox in 2015; 5G; 1.80ERA; 5IP 3H 1ER 4K; Hinojosa was optioned to Lehigh Valley just last week after completing his rehab coming off his early season injury with the Phils.  He is a guy that showed quite a bit of promise late in the 2015 season with the Phils.

DL: Jimmy Cordero

Reading

Jeremy Bleich, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 29G; 4.24ERA; 40.1IP, 49H 14BB 24K; .299 opp avg; 1.56 WHIP; 2.29 GO/AO; 3.1BB/5.3K per 9; .302 vs LHH, .306 vs RHH, .377 opp avg last 30 days; Bleich is an arm that is generally used to eat innings and isnt used in may high leverage situations.

Mario Hollands, 27, Phils 10th round pick in 2010; 14G between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 3.74ERA; 21.2IP 27H 7BB 18K; 2.9BB/7.5K per 9; 5.02ERA and 1.74 WHIP in last 10 appearances; It has been a challenge for Hollands in returning from his arm injury that cost him 2015.

Gregory Infante, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 24G between LV and Reading; 3.24ERA; 41.2IP 37H 25BB 34K; .253 opp avg; 1.49 WHIP; 0.98 GO/AO; 5.4BB/7.3K per 9; Infante has been skating away without too much damage but his control caused his demotion to Reading and has not been much better with the Fightins.

Hoby Milner, 25, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; 28G; 1.62ERA; 39IP 27H 9BB 43K; .193 opp avg; 0.92whip; 1.18 GO/AO; 2.1BB/9.9K per 9; .192 vs LHH, .233 vs RHH, .255 opp avg last month; Milner has thrown very well this year, with a hiccup or two as of late.

Miguel Nunez, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2009; 30G between CW and Reading; 2.41ERA; 13SV; 33.2IP 26H 16BB 43K; .217 opp avg; 1.25 WHIP; 0.80 GO/AO; 4.3BB/11.5K per 9; .208 v LHH, .238 v RHH; .175 opp avg last 30 days; Nunez is progressing quite well with occasional control issues that need to be kept in check.  Projects in the back end of the Phils 2018 bullpen.

Alexis Rivero, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 28G between CW and Reading; 2.87ERA; 6SV; 37.2IP 30H 12BB 40K; .214 opp avg; 1.12 WHIP; 0.95 GO/AO; 2.9BB/9.6K per 9; After 23 games for the Threshers where he had a microscopic 1.13ERA and .162 opp avg; Rivero was promoted to AA and has had all kinds of difficulties with the transition thus far. In 5 games with the Fightins, Rivero’s ERA is 12.71 and opponents are hitting well over .400 against him.

Joely Rodriguez, 23, Acquired from Pittsburgh in 2015; 31G between Clearwater and Reading; 1.77ERA; 4SV; 45.2IP 33H 13BB 44K; .213 opp avg; 1.01 WHIP; 2.57 GO/AO; 2.6BB/8.7K per 9; .186 vs LHH, .262 vs RHH, .214 opp avg last 30 days; Rodriguez continues his successful transformation into reliever having alot of success in Reading.  I expect him in Allentown soon.

DL: Tom Windle

Organization Leaders

A look at organizational leaders in the important categories: Williamsport not included as its too early in their season.

Runs: Dylan Cozens (70), Rhys Hoskins (58), Scott Kingery (49); Jesmuel Valentin (44), Roman Quinn (44), Nick WIlliams (44); JP Crawford (42), Taylor Featherston (41), Jorge Alfaro (41), Jiandido Tromp (40); Jake Fox (39)

Hits: Rhys Hoskins (88),Josh Tobias (87);  Dylan Cozens (87), Scott Kingery (83); Carlos Tocci (80);  Nick WIlliams (80), Jesmuel Valentin (78), Taylor Featherston (76), JP Crawford (73)

2B: Scott Kingery (25); Dylan Cozens (25), Jiandido Tromp (23); Jake Fox (20), Rhys Hoskins (19), Josh Tobias (19); Nick WIlliams (18), Brock Stassi(16), Taylor Featherston (16)

3B: Darnell Sweeney (4); Nick WIlliams (4), Taylor Featherston (4), Jesmuel Valentin (4), ROman Quinn (4); Malquin Canelo (4); Mitch Walding (4)

HR: Dylan Cozens (23), Rhys Hoskins (22), Jake Fox (15), Jose Pujols (14); Jiandido Tromp (12); Kyle Martin (11); Zach Green (10); Jorge Alfaro (10), Darin Ruf (9), Taylor Featherston (9)

RBI: Dylan Cozens (68), Rhys Hoskins (68), Jake Fox (50), Josh Tobias (48); Kyle Marn (47); Zach Green (47); Jose Pujols (45); Jorge Alfaro (44), Mitch Walding (39); Nick WIlliams (39),

BB: JP Crawford (49), Dylan Cozens (41), Brock Stassi (37), Mitch Walding (31); Jesmuel Valentin (30)

K: Jose Pujols (107); Dylan Cozens (102), Mitch Walding (83); Rhys Hoskins (80); Nick WIlliams (77), Jan Hernandez (72);  Zach Green (68); Kyle Martin (67); Taylor Featherston (66), Andy Knapp (64)

SB: Roman Quinn (25); Scott Kingery (21); Dylan Cozens (14); Carlos Tocci (11); JP Crawford (10), Grenny Cumana (10); Jiandido Tromp (10); Darnell Sweeney (8)

OBP: Zach Coppola (.392); KC Serna (.380), Brock Stassi (.372), Josh Tobias (.371); JP Crawford (.364), Dylan Cozens (.364); Roman Quinn (.361), Scott Kingery (.360); Jesmuel Valentin (.356), Cedric Hunter (.352)

AVG: Zach Coppola (.345); Cedric Hunter (.315), Andrew Pullin (.313); Josh Toias (.300); Jorge Alfaro (.296); Wilson Garcia (.294); KC Serna (.292), Rhys Hoskins (.289); Jesmuel Valentin (.288), Roman Quinn (.288) Continue reading Organization Leaders

Lehigh Valley Report

With their 3-2 win on Friday, Lehigh Valley is now 2-3 on their seven game home stand which concludes on Sunday after two more games against Charlotte.  Over the last six weeks, the ‘Pigs are 32-18 and are 47-35 overall, good for 3rd place in the Northern Division of the International League, 3 games behind division leading Scranton. In the wild card race, Lehigh Valley sits just 0.5 games behind Rochester for the wild card spot.  AFter finishing their series against CHarlotte, Lehigh Valley heads to Scranton for a quick two game series before returning home for two games against Rochester.

News and Notes: Jake Thompson has made six consecutive quality starts.

–C Andy Knapp, OF Cam Perkins and P Edward Mujica were all named to the IL ALL Star game upcoming July 13th in Charlotte.

–Over the last 10 games, the ‘Pigs bullpen has allowed just 2 ER in 26.2IP.  Edward Mujica, leading the bullpen corps has converted 11 straight save opportunities.

Cedric Hunter remains very hot for Lehigh Valley hitting .348 over his last 26 games with 14RBI in those contests.

Anthony Vasquez is tied for 4th in MILB in wins with 9 between Reading and Lehigh Valley.

–Since June 8th, P Frank Herrmann has made 8 appearances and allowed a lone run in 10IP.

Cam Perkins has been slumping badly going 2 for his last 26.

Darin Ruf continues performing at the AAA level hitting for both average and power, with a .326 average in his last 34 games, to go along with a .581 slg %.

–In his last 18 games, RP Luis Garcia is 6-0 with a 1.23ERA (22IP/3ER)

Emmanuel Burriss has played well since being sent down from Philadelphia hitting in 13 of his 15 starts (.297)

–Taking the loss Monday, Ben Lively lost for the first time in his last 23 starts, spanning almost a year.

–In his last 7 starts, David Buchanan is 1-3 with a 5.95ERA.

‘Pigs prospects: JP Crawford has hit in 15 of his last 19 games, hitting .329 over that span to raise his average to .243 since joining the ‘Pigs.  On the year, Crawford is at .254/.362/.338 between Reading and Lehigh Valley with 3HR 24RBI and 10SB.  He has played 74 games at SS with 9 errrors this year (.975).

Nick WIlliams has been playing well when not benched, having hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games (.306, HR, 8RBI, 8R).  Since JP Crawford arrived on May 20th, WIlliams has hit .319 with 5HR and 21RBI. Over his 275AB, Williams is at .287/.329/.469 with 8HR 39RBI to go along with 5SB.  WIlliams is hitting .272 vs LHP and .295 vs RHP.

Next report: Jake Thompson, Ben Lively, Andy Knapp

‘Pigs Probables: Sun: Russell; Mon: Buchanan; Tue: Vasquez; Wed: Thompson

‘Pigs league leaders, Hitting:Nick Williams is 6th in runs (44), 8th in strikeouts (77) and 8th in SLG (.469); ; Tyler Featherston is 8th in runs (41) and  6th in triples (4); Brock Stassi is 7th in walks (36) and 6th in OBP (.374). Pitching: Luis Garcia is 6th in wins (6); Jake Thompson is 7th in ERA (2.76), 2nd in IP (97.2) and tied for the league lead in starts (16); Edward Mujica is 3rd in games (33) and leads the league in saves(21); Zach Eflin leads the league in WHIP (0.88)

Transactions: Comings: P Phil Klein (claimed off waivers), P Elvis Arajuo (from Phillies); Goings: P Edubray Ramos (promoted to Philadelphia)

Around the System–Starting Pitching

Lehigh Valley

David Buchanan, 27, Phils 7th round pick in 2010; 14 games (13 starts); 4-4 with a 4.54ERA; 83.1IP 88H 19BB 38K; 10HR allowed; .275 opp avg; 1.28 WHIP; 1.08 GO/AO; 2.1BB/4.2K per 9; .240 vs LHH, .296 vs RHH; .288 opp avg in June.  Buchanan has given the ‘Pigs nothing more than innings this year.  Mostly unimpressive, his run with the organization is likely coming to an end this off season.

Ben Lively, 24, Acquired from Reds in 2014; 15 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 10-0 with a 2.12ERA; 93.1IP 55H 26BB 75K; 6HR allowed; 2.5BB/7.2K per 9; .168 opp avg; 0.87 WHIP; 0.88 GO/AO; For LV: 6 starts, 3-0 with a 2.45ERA; .144 opp avg; 0.77 WHIP; 2.5BB/5.8K per 9.  Lively has dominant all year whether pitching for Reading or Lehigh Valley.

James Russell, 30, SIgned as a free agent in 2016; 15 games (8 starts); 2-3 with a 5.01ERA; 41.1IP 47H 13BB 28K; 6HR allowed; 2.8BB/6.1K per 9; .114 vs LHH, .328 vs RHH, .350 opp avg in June; Russell had been throwing well until a very ugly June turned his season around.  He appears clearly better suited for a situational lefty role than starting. Wouldnt be surprised to see Russell back in the bullpen if Morgan moves down to Lehigh Valley on Monday.

Jake Thompson, 22, Acquired from Rangers in 2015; 15 starts; 6-5 with a 2.88ERA; 90.2IP 79H 27BB 63K; 9HR allowed; .238 opp avg; 1.17WHIP; 0.99 GO/AO; 2.6BB/6.2K per 9; 3-0 with a 0.76ERA in 5 June starts; .198 vs RHH, .259 vs LHH, .211 opp avg in June; After somewhat of a slow start, Thompson has been outstanding since the beginning of May and is on course to be one of the primary members of the 2017 rotation.

Anthony Vasquez, 29, Re-signed as a free agent in 2016; 15 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 8-3 with a 3.46ERA; 96.1IP 99H 27BB 69K; 6HR allowed; 2.5BB/6.4K per 9; .275 opp avg; 1.31 WHIP; 1.06 GO/AO; Vasquez knows how to pitch and he has been effective this year.

Reading

Tom Eshelman, 22, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 12 starts between CLearwater and Reading; 4-2 with a 3.22ERA; 64.1IP 65H 12BB 69K; 7HR allowed; 1.7BB/9.7K per 9; .259 opp avg; 1.20WHIP; 1.20 GO/AO; Eshelman has progressed very nicely this season with 11 of his 12 starts coming for CLearwater before his recent promotion to Reading.  His pinpoint control is certainly the first step towards success.

Mark Leiter, 25, Phils 22nd round pick in 2013; 10 games (6 starts) for Reading; 3-0 with a 3.50ERA; 36IP 25H 12BB 28K; .198 opp avg; 1.03WHIP; 0.95 GO/AO; 5HR allowed; 2.7BB/7.0K per 9; .228 vs LHH, .174 vs RHH, .193 opp avg in June; Leiter has thrown well after missing the first month plus of the season injured. Continue reading Around the System–Starting Pitching

Lehigh Valley Report

Lehigh Valley has started their seven game road swing with two wins in Norfolk and have won seven of their last nine games and now sit 10 games above .500 at 41-31, just passed the half way point of the season.  They are currently in 3rd place of the Northern Division of the International League, 3 games back of division leading Rochester.  In the wild card race, the ‘Pigs are one game behind Scranton, who are currently leading the wild card race.  The road trip continues with two more In Norfolk before a weekend series in Durham.

News and Notes: Lehigh Valley has not committed multiple errors in any of their last 33 games, clearly a recipe for success.

–Over the last two weeks, the LV bullpen is 5-1 with a 1.29ERA with 4 saves.  During that time period, they have allowed just 7ER in 49IP.

–INF Emmanuel Burriss has hit safely in 8 of the 9 games he has started

–OF Cedric Hunter remains very hot, having hit .348 over the last three weeks, raising his average to .312.

Edward Mujica remains consistent for Lehigh Valley with a 2.54ERA and 16 saves in his last 26 games.  With the troubles the Phils are having, seeing him in Philly soon would not surprise me. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Report