Winding Down: Podcast, Roster and IronRail

We're "This Close" to contending... Photo: Cheryl Pursell

We’re “This Close” to contending…
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

While things are winding down over at Coca Cola Park, I’m still paying attention.  Here are some things you should know about as the 2014 season comes to a close:

  1. ICYMI, I had the opportunity to be a guest on the APhilliated Podcast, hosted by IronPigs Radio Producer Mark Perlman-Price.  It came out good, I think, and he certainly has access to better recording equipment.  You can listen to it here if you like.
  2. Tony Gwynn, Jr. is with the IronPigs now.  He’s starting in CF again tonight.  He’s a lot of fun to watch, and leading off this evening.  He’s hitting .474 for the ‘Pigs so far–over only a short time, I know–but worth catching.
  3. If you’re a season ticket holder, don’t forget to renew your seats or at least collect on your renewal award:  Some “loaded value” is available for the last home stand starting next weekend, but you have to ask for it.  Contact your ticket rep!
  4. I know it’s way too early to start thinking about next season, but that never stopped me before.  Of course, some free agent signings will impact the opening day roster.  But here I go anyway.  Here are some names to remember for 2015–even if they don’t start the season in Allentown:  Pitchers:  Adam Morgan, Jon Pettibone, Aaron Nola, Jesse Biddle, Severino Gonzalez, Hoby Milner, Nefi Ogando, Adam Loewen.  Catchers Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle.  INF Carlos Alonso, Brock Stassi, KC Serna, JP Crawford.  OF: Cameron Perkins, Aaron Altherr, Kelly Dugan.  Player/Coach Jake Fox.
  5. IronRail:  There are four games remaining with Scranton–two here and two up north.  The ‘Pigs lead the season series 8-4.  The evil RailRiders must win all four games to retain the coveted IronRail trophy via the totally arbitrary tiebreaker.  It’s our only chance to take home some hardware for this season, so…

See you at the park,


Categories: CherylPursellsPhotos, Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Lehigh Valley IronPigs

1 reply

  1. If it’s too early to start thinking about 2015 it’s probably way too early to start thinking about 2016, but the Phillies just recently acquired the first of two players they will receive from the Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Roberto Hernandez.
    Jesmuel Valentin was the 51st player selected in the 1st round (supplemental pick) of the 2012 draft. He is a switch hitting infielder who was drafted as a shortstop but has since moved to second base. He’s from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and just turned 20 three months ago. already has him as the 16th best prospect in the Phillies organization before he has even played a game in the Phillies organization. He was playing for Great Lakes in the Low A Midwest League and was hitting .280 with 22 doubles, 9 triples and 7 home runs. He also had 24 stolen bases. At Great Lakes he was hitting .292 against right handed pitching and .250 vs. lefties. Six of his seven home runs have been hit while batting left handed. Jesmuel is the son of former 16 year major leaguer Jose Valentin who played for the Brewers, White Sox, Dodgers and Mets and had 249 career home runs. According to Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki, the Phillies will be assigning Jesmuel Valentin to Clearwater.
    This is the scouting report from
    A teammate of Carlos Correa at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Valentin signed with the Dodgers for $984,700 as a supplemental first-round pick in 2012, the same year that the Astros made Correa the No. 1 overall choice. After a slow start to his pro career, Valentin settled in nicely this year in low Class A after moving to second base. The Phillies acquired him in August as the first of two players to be named in exchange for Roberto Hernandez.
    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 30 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
    Here’s a short scouting video:

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