IronPigs Set Roster for Battle Tour of IL South

“Oh war is the common cry,
Pick up your swords and fly.
The sky is filled with good and bad
That mortals never know.”

Led Zeppelin, “The Battle Of Evermore”


Colton Murray. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Colton Murray. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Roster Moves:


RHP Severino Gonzalez recalled Philadelphia.

LHP Anthony Vasquez assigned to Reading (AA).

LHP Jeremy Bleich promoted to LHV from Reading (AA).

RHP Gregory Infante promoted to LHV from Reading (AA).


INF Carlos Alonso promoted to LHV from Reading (AA).

RHP Reinier Roibal assigned to Reading (AA).


RHP Yacksel Rios promoted to LHV from Reading (AA).

RHP Gregory Infante assigned to Reading (AA).


RHP Colton Murray added to Lehigh Valley roster (out-righted by PHI, 6/17).

LHP Anthony Vasquez promoted to LHV from Reading (AA).

RHP Yacksel Rios assigned to Reading (AA).

LHP Jeremy Bleich assigned to Reading (AA).


Printable Roster

Colton Murray is wearing uniform #30

Anthony Vasquez is wearing uniform #40

2016 LHV Roster-6-20

**We’re now at 67 transactions through 71 games



With extra innings and day/night double-dips and day-after-night and all that nonsense, I knew some pitching movement would need to occur.  Add in Philadelphia’s need for an extra arm, and we had guys moving faster than the media department could generate roster emails–some of these didn’t come through until games were either underway or completed!

When it all boils down, we now have Anthony Vasquez back to replace the promoted Zach Eflin in the rotation.  James Russell remains in the rotation.  Colton Murray was out-righted from the 40-man; that suggests we’ll have him for a while.  Frankly, it feels like an even swap with Sev Gonzalez–although we certainly wish him well in his latest opportunity in The Show.

The extra arms promoted to Reading from Clearwater over the weekend seemed to be temporary moves, as they’ve now been reversed.  The top candidates for promotion to AA were participating in the FSL All Star festivities.  It remains to be seen if there will be post-break promotions for Reading.  I’m looking specifically at Thomas Eshelman and Elniery Garcia, who would be the prime candidates to help the Reading rotation, and 2B Scott Kingery–a prospect who may or may not be ready just yet and may not have a spot with the solid play of Reading’s solid infield including Serna, Mora, Valentin, and Martinez.

RHP Vincent Velasquez will rehab tomorrow in Reading, and says he’ll be ready for a return to the Phillies after that.  The Phillies want to go slow, so there is a possibility he’ll  make another rehab on Monday in Allentown.  Hit me up privately if you want my Reading tickets for tomorrow–free in exchange for future beer considerations.


Last night the ‘Pigs went extras again for a 5-4 win.  Darin Ruf had a big game, Sweeney added a homer as well, and Knappy pushed Crawford across for the winning tally.  The Chief got his league-leading save.  Vasquez had a quality start, and Luis Garcia continues to aggravate my cardiac condition.  The southern road swing begins 1-0 with the win over league-worst Norfolk.  Our top two starters go tonight and tomorrow, Thompson and Lively.  Russell will try to get the series ender on Thursday afternoon.

Following tonight’s game in Norfolk, we’ll be at the official half-way point of the 2016 campaign.  One thing you won’t see from me is a “report card.”  There are a couple reasons:

  1. I’m not qualified.  I don’t have enough information about what players are working on and how they’ve accomplished such.  Plus, guys can be struggling but might be on the rise and don’t deserve to be down-graded just yet.
  2. Putting a letter grade on 72 games of work (or so) seems kind of pedantic to me.
  3. So if I just give everyone a ‘B’ ‘B+’ or ‘B-‘ what have I really accomplished?

So maybe we’ll put together a mid-year retrospective with a few thoughts, and some predictions about where this thing might be going, as we sit 3.0 games back of IL North leader Rochester, in third place.  The RedWings and RailMonkeys keep winning as well; we’d be tops in any other division.

The Pigs will head to Durham following the series in Norfolk, and return home on Monday for Columbus and Charlotte.


See you at the park,


…on the beach somewhere along the Eastern Seaboard:


“But that don’t help me out no more
I’ve been away so long and dreaming”

-Robert Plant “Burning Down One Side”

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

4 replies

  1. Update: Later in the day, Eshelman was added to Reading from Clearwater, along with RH reliever Alexis Rivero. Rios and Hockenberry remain on the shuttle-go-round between Reading and Clearwater. Next man up from the Fightins for the IronPigs looks like starting RHP Nick Pivetta or LH reliever and old friend Hoby Milner. Both just need a little more time to prove consistency. If Vasquez should get shipped back in exchange for Eflin or Morgan, then Leiter looks like the guy to go to the ‘pen.

    In the process of all this today, the “Cuban Cutter” Reinier Roibal was released. While his numbers don’t look very impressive, and his stuff was never over-powering or special in any way, I always felt like he gave the ‘Pigs a chance to win every time he stepped on the mound. He wasn’t going to be the reason they won, but wouldn’t be the reason they lost, either. He was also an important piece of the Fightins run through the playoffs last season as well. We wish him well.

  2. Is DiPro at Rileys?

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