The IronPigs return home today to begin an 8-game set with P’tucket and Rochester to complete a late-June home and home with each. This will take them right up to Independence Day, when they’ll leave for Syracuse.
The bacon-clad crew went 4-3 on the road over the past week, including a 3-game sweep versus the Red Sox affiliate and a 1-3 tally in Rochester, bringing their June record to 13-11, 49-27 overall. The IronPigs currently lead the IL North by 2.5 games over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Since the ‘Pigs left on Father’s Day, there have been plenty of moves. Here’s a summary:
RHP Michael Mariot to DL
RHP Jon Richy to IronPigs from Reading
LHP Hoby Milner to Phillies from IronPigs
OF Cam Perkins to Phillies from IronPigs
1B/OF Brock Stassi to Phillies from IronPigs
LHP Joey DeNato to IronPigs from Reading
OF Andrew Pullin to IronPigs from Reading
RHP Mark Leiter Jr to Phillies from IronPigs
RHP Pedro Beato to Inactive List (Paternity Leave)
RHP Mark Peterson acquired from Kansas City (Omaha) and assigned to IronPigs
RHP Michael Mariot activated from DL
LHP Joey DeNato to Reading from IronPigs
INF Angelo Mora to Reading from IronPigs
RHP Jon Richy to Reading from IronPigs
INF Scott Kingery to IronPigs from Reading
LHP Brandon Leibrandt to IronPigs from Reading
RHP Pedro Beato activated from IL
The IronPigs now have 84 roster moves over 76 games, and have a roster with 24 active players and 1 opening. Up next? As I suggested the other day, Edubray Ramos is on his way back from the Phillies, and Ricardo Pinto is on his way up.
Printable Roster: 2017 LHV Roster-6-26
No time like the present for the young Leibrandt, as he’ll get the ball tonight at Coca Cola Park on a Monday Dog Day and Little League Night. He won’t light up the radar gun, but he can throw 5 quality pitches and throw them all for strikes. I was a guest on the radio in Reading the other night with our old friend Mikey V. When asked which player other than Scotty that I liked on Reading, it was Leibrandt I mentioned.
I went after this pretty hard last night. I know I probably have some “Poppa Bear” tendencies towards Cam, but mostly it was about something bigger. And, I didn’t mean to single Matt out–he wasn’t the only one to tweet something of this nature last night. And I don’t follow him; yet someone felt this was so important it had to be pushed into my timeline.
The thing is, anyone who is watching the Phillies knows that Cam Perkins is still finding his way in the big leagues. Anyone who’s not currently paying attention then gets this load of snark from a writer with almost 29,000 followers. I just don’t think it does anyone any good to tweet something like this if you’re getting paid to tweet. Po-dunk bloggers (*raises hand*) and internet trolls can always do whatever. Writers should be better.
But my grander point was that it fans the flames among the haters who will now write off Cam Perkins and on to the next prospect. Who’s next on the “call em up” train? Bad 22 at-bats? We “wanna see” who’s next. This is why you don’t just call guys up because you “wanna see.” You get guys up when they’re ready–and ultimately you give them time to adjust by giving them regular playing time. If that’s not available, then you’ll just have to drive to Allentown if you “wanna see.”
Back to Cam: I’ve been glad that he’s been in the lineup pretty consistently since his call-up, but I don’t think they’re doing him any favors by batting him in the lead-off position each day. He’d probably be better-served batting 7th or so if he’s going to have some success.
And thanks to Shelby for coming to my defense: 3 for 24, 7 K, 2 BB, 1 RBI to start a career.
See you at the park,
(I guess the struggle was real for MIKE TROUT too.)