Lehigh Valley Report

A frigid first week of the season weather wise for the ‘Pigs who came out of it, 2-3 with their win over Scranton last night.  They currently sit in 4th place of the Northern DIvision of the International League, 1.5 games out of first place. With their 2-0 win last night, the ‘Pigs snapped a three game losing streak.  The ‘Pigs open their home schedule tonight with four games against Louisville.

–Five IronPigs pitchers combined on the shutout last night (Thompson,Leibrandt, Casimiro, Curtis, Beato)

–P Enyel De Los Santos (acquired in the Freddy Galvis deal) made his first IL start on Tuesday giving up a lone run across 5IP.  De Los Santos struck out 7 in his five innings.

–P Drew Anderson was placed on the DL yesterday after being diagnosed with a strained forearm.  Jake Thompson, who was optioned to Lehigh Valley on Sunday, made the start in place of Anderson.

–P Brandon Leibrandt is being transitioned into a relief pitcher, and has thrown well throwing 4.2 scoreless in his first two outings of the year.

–SS Alexei Amarista was signed as a free agent by Lehigh Valley in late March and has hit safely in all 4 of his games with the IronPigs.

–The ‘Pigs are really struggling with the stick in their first five games, hitting just .201, however hitters have drawn 25 walks ranking third in the IL.

–Closer Pedro Beato has converted 15 straight save opportunities going back to last year, including his first two this season.

–After a very good Spring Training with the big club, Jesmuel Valentin has started the season 0-13.

–LHP Cole Irvin was very impressive in his AAA debut, going 5IP and giving up just a run on four hits, while tying his career high of 10K’s.

–OF Andrew Pullin is hitless in his last 14AB after singling in his first AB of 2018

–Phillies minor league clubs currently are 5-18 on the season.

‘Pigs Probables:  Fri: Eshelman; Sat: Irvin; Sun: De Los Santos;  Mon: Thompson

Box Score Recap – 4/10/2018

Lehigh Valley couldn’t hold onto a one run lead and lost.

Reading couldn’t hold onto a one run lead and lost in extras.

Clearwater couldn’t hold onto a two run lead and lost in ten.

Lakewood fell behind early and lost the first game of a double header.

Lakewood opened up a two touchdown lead and won game two.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/10/2018

2018 Gulf Coast League Schedules

Here is a preliminary look at the schedules for the 2018 Gulf Coast Phillies East and West.
Each team has a 54 game schedule with 27 home games.  The teams will be in different divisions, but face each other 7 times including a double header on Saturday, June 30th.  The teams alternate being the home team on that date.
Neither team has a game on Sunday.  Saturday games start at noon.  All other games are scheduled to start at noon.

Continue reading 2018 Gulf Coast League Schedules

2018 Draft Discussion: April 9th

The Phillies have the third overall selection in the first round.  They forfeited their second and third round picks when they signed free agents Carlos Santana and Jake Arrieta.

Their total bonus pool is only $8,858, 500.  Their total was reduced by over $2.25M of slot money with the two picks they lost. Continue reading 2018 Draft Discussion: April 9th

Open Discussion: Week of April 8, 2018

Heckuva party in south Philly Saturday night.  The Phillies 20 run outburst doubled their scoring in their first six games.  It was the kind of game can help resuscitate players’ batting slashes.

The Phillies are 3-5 and are starting a series against the Reds.

Your open discussion can go below.  I suggest holding off on draft prospect discussion for a day.  I will offer a separate discussion thread tomorrow or Tuesday to keep the draft stuff separate from the Phillies’ discussion.

#Phly Phillies Phly! Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of April 8, 2018

Box Score Recap – 4/8/2018

Not a good day for the organization.  Lehigh Valley managed just five hits in a one-run lost.  Reading finally recorded a victory.  Clearwater’s bats went to sleep after a three-run first inning on their way to a one-run loss.  And, Lakewood dropped a double header, garnering a total of seven hits in both games.

Here is the box score recap.  And, here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/8/2018

Box Score Recap – 4/7/2018

Lehigh Valley posted the affiliates’ only win last night in a combined two-hitter.  Reading dropped their third straight game.  Clearwater lost to Dunedin in their home opener. And, Lakewood was rained out.

Here is the box score recap.  And, here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/7/2018

Box Score Recap – 4/6/2018

Lehigh Valley was snowed out, Reading was almost shut out, Clearwater busted out, and Lakewood held on to pull one out.

Adam Haseley (2), Austin Listi (3), Simon Muzziotti (2), and Rodofo Duran (2) had multi RBI games.  Three Threshers hit solo HRs in the second inning of their game.

Here is the box score recap.  And, here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/6/2018