May 142012

Lakewood Blueclaws logoLehigh Valley started the week by losing three in a row and only scoring two runs over the three games, but their fortunes changed as they won three straight to close the week. The IronPigs had to deal with a lot of roster turnover with a lot of players moving up and down or in Scott Podsednik’s case, to Boston. In addition to Podsednik, gone are Jake Diekman, Raul Valdes, Mike Fontenot and Hector Luna. Back are Brian Sanches, Joe Savery, Michael Schwimer and Erik Kratz, and Tug Hulett and Mike Spidale join them from Reading. Domonic Brown once again has an extended absence due to injury.

Reading’s 3-3 week allowed them to maintain a razor thin division lead. They split a four game series with the team right on their heels, New Britain. While he’s still having a great season, Trevor May’s wildness has resurfaced in his last two outings, walking eight in 11.1 innings. Jonathan Pettibone on the other hand is heating up. Although he allowed four earned runs two starts ago, his peripheral stats are improving; over his last two starts in 13.2 innings, Pettibone has only allowed 10 hits and four walks while striking out 12. Cesar Hernandez has continued to be one of the few highlights offensively.

A 4-2 week combined with a slump by Dunedin has Clearwater sitting just three games back of the division leader, but their run differential for the week was -10 thanks to a 13 run loss against Bradenton. After a Sunday day off, their four game series with Dunedin will resume, giving them a great chance to make up more ground. Brody Colvin turned in another ugly start as his prospect status continues to decline. Anthony Hewitt continued his improbable hot streak with three multi-hit games, and Cody Asche is still riding a 13 game hitting streak. Like last year, Jesse Biddle is heating up after a rough April.

Lakewood’s slide to the bottom of the standings continued with a 2-4 week. The offense scored one or fewer runs in four of the games and only six in the other two combined. However, they were able to split a four game series with Greensboro, who at 25-10 is one of the best teams in minor league baseball. The struggling Tyler Greene, one of my top 30 prospects in the organization, was sent back down to extended spring training after proving to not be as advanced as the team hoped. Promoted to take his place was Stephen Malcolm, a high Phillies pick from a junior college in 2010. He was suspended by the team for the entire 2011 season.

Top performers

Cody Asche, 3B: 11/25, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/0 SB

Anthony Hewitt, OF: 7/20, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K, 0/0 SB

Darin Ruf, 1B: 10/21, 6 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 0/0 SB

Tyler Cloyd, RHP: 1-0, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Adam Morgan, LHP: 1-0, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

Not performing

Aaron Altherr, OF: 2/19, 0 R, 1 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K, 0/1 SB

Harold Martinez, 3B: 3/18, 1 R, 1 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/0 SB

Cody Overbeck, 1B: 3/19, 2 R, 3 XBH, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB

Kenny Giles, RHP: 0-0, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Austin Wright, LHP: 1-0, 10.1 IP, 12 H, 9 ER, 7 BB, 9 K

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