IronPigs Preview: “The Boys Are Back In Town” 8/24/2021

“Guess who just got back today?
Them wild-eyed boys that had been away”

-Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)

Photo: Jack Mitroka

The IronPigs return to friendly faces at Coca Cola Park after two weeks on the road in Scranton and Rochester. It was their second two-week road jaunt, after May 11-23. Now, they’ll begin a two-week home-stand–their only one of the season–with Scranton and Syracuse coming to town.

On the road the ‘Pigs went 6-7 in their two weeks away, 4-2 in Moosic, but 2-5 in Rochester including a couple doubleheaders. Overall the IronPigs are in fourth place in the Northeast Division, 43-51. They are 21-31 on the road, but love that home cookin’– 22-20 at home.

Who’s On The Team?

Roster moves are hard to keep up with these days. The Phillies are not real forthcoming with minor league roster moves, and with no reporters in the clubhouse it’s difficult to find the information organically. Here’s a summary of the moves that have happened since the team was last in town, roughly in chronologic order starting August 7 or so:

3B TJ Rivera was activated following a minor league trade with Pittsburgh. He had been headed for the IronPigs in 2020 had there been a season. He was previously in the Majors with the Mets.

RHP Austin Ross was promoted from Reading

LHP Nick Lackney was promoted from Reading

RHP Ramon Rosso was activated following his return from the Olympics

LHP Damon Jones was optioned back from Philadelphia

3B Dalton Guthrie was placed on the injured list (leg).

LHP Bailey Falter was assigned to IronPigs on MLB Rehab

2B Nick Maton was optioned back from Philadelphia

RHP Adam Leverette was promoted from Reading

CF Mickey Moniak was optioned back from Philadelphia

SS CJ Chatham was activated from the Injured List

RHP Adonis Medina was optioned back from Philadelphia

RHP David Paulino was outrighted back from Philadelphia

SS Freddy Galvis was assigned on MLB Rehab

RHP Sam Coonrod was assigned on MLB Rehab

OF Cornelius Randolph was activated from the Injured List

OF Jorge Bonafacio had his contract selected by Philadelphia

3B Alec Bohm was optioned back from Philadelphia

RHP Mauricio Llovera was outrighted back from Philadelphia

Further roster moves will be updated here.

[UPDATE] 

INF Daniel Brito moved from 7-day to 60-day injured list.  

RHP Enyel De Los Santos optioned from Philadelphia

OF Jorge Bonifacio DFA’d from Philadelphia

INF Freddy Galvis and RHP Sam Coonrod activated from rehab by Phillies

OF Adam Haseley to continue to rehab with High-A Jersey Shore Tuesday evening

RHP Seranthony Dominguez and LHP Jose Alvarado assigned to IronPigs for rehab

RHP Jack Perkins promoted from AA Reading

C Colby Fitch promoted from AA Reading

INF Sal Gozzo sent to AA Reading

RHP Adam Leverett to AA Reading

 

 

We’ll see what happens to the roster this home-stand, with respect to further rehab appearances, a player added when Freddy Galvis gets activated, and the possibility of further promotions from Reading. INF Bryson Stott, the former first-round pick, is starting to push his way to AAA lately, and has been getting some time at 3B. They may want to challenge RHP Hans Crouse with AAA. He’s the prospect who came back from Texas in the Spencer Howard trade. I’d also expect to see Zach Eflin have his rehab transferred to Lehigh Valley rather than ride the AA bus.  Then we might have guys getting healthy, like OF Adam Haseley.  That might leave us with too many players, so don’t be surprised if a couple guys get sent down, either.  

Photo: Jack Mitroka

What’s Going On At The Park?

The RailRiders are in town for the standard 6-game set. They are no longer in first place as they are a pretty average .500-type team since trades and call-ups have impacted their roster. We’ll update for the Syracuse series next week.

Tuesday: Bark in the Park, Dog Day. Save the Bees Day. 

Wednesday: “Gold Standard” T-Shirt giveaway (Adults I believe, but it’s not listed) and the Amazing Tyler balancing act

Thursday: Sign Language jersey auction. Beach Tote giveaway. Happy Hour

Friday: Hispanic Heritage Night. Pint Glass Giveaway. Fireworks.

Saturday: Football Night. Mini-Football Giveaway (kiddos).

Sunday: Strike Out Cancer Day

Photo: Jack Mitroka

Pitching

There are “probables” published, and with two doubleheaders last time through there’s plenty of guessing, too. Eflin will be on-turn to pitch Thursday on regular rest or over the weekend if they want to keep him off his feet an extra day or two.

Tuesday: RHP Mark Appel He had his best outing two weeks ago in Scranton, then did horribly in Rochester. Hoping it’s just a blip and not an injury. David Parkinson could go on 5 days rest here if necessary.

Wednesday: LHP David Parkinson

Thursday: RHP Adam Leverette

Friday: LHP Cris Sanchez

Saturday: RHP Adonis Medina

Sunday: RHP David Paulino

Photo: Jack Mitroka

Quick Hits

  • I really liked the “sensory awareness” day two Sundays ago at the park. Less pounding rock music and flashing lights between pitches and a generally quieter public address system made for a relaxing afternoon, and you could really hear the sounds of the game better: The bats hitting the ball, the ball hitting the gloves, players talking, etc.
  • The “cashless” thing has kind of worked out, I guess. To that point, I can’t see the cash ever coming back, really. We discussed the reasons why in a previous column. So, let’s stop pretending it’s for “safety” huh?
  • For the first time, I think all season, the IronPigs have an actual bench of players. Despite the expanded 28-man rosters we’ve often had but one or two guys on the bench for each game. Sunday in Rochester manager Gary Jones had six extra guys at his disposal plus a not-yet-arrived Alec Bohm. Could be we’ll see Gozzo head to Reading or Jersey Shore, and Freddy Galvis will be headed to Philly soon (if he hasn’t already) but it’s nice to get guys a day off and have some extra bats around.  Will Adam Haseley be added?  We might have too many…
  • I’m not sure what to think of the Alec Bohm chronology. He needs to play, for sure, so if this is the way to get him on the field then so be it. I’m usually the one in favor of AAA but in this case it might be MLB at-bats that he really needs. I’d like to see him try to tap into some power while he’s here. In certain counts, love to see him hunt fastballs and turn on one or two.
  • In the larger picture, I do think AAA is important. With the pandemic killing last season, what are you going to do? But two guys who played no to little AAA didn’t fare so well lately, in Bohm and Scott Kingery, not to mention Adam Haseley and Spencer Howard. There’s always going to be uber-talented guys who can bypass the “Top Level of the Minors” but I think it’s an important step to take for most developing players.  For the Phillies part, I think their development plan has been designed to take top prospects and turn them into mediocre bench players. 
  • Hey, did you see the 2022 schedule is out? Looks like the 6-game series/Monday off routine is here to stay. They’ll play into September again, too. Visitors from outside the division will be Columbus, Norfolk, Charlotte and Gwinnett. That’s it.  The way the travel is split isn’t as efficient as it could be–perhaps other teams have it better. No sign of the “newer” teams like St Paul or Jacksonville coming in, but since the Pigs go to Omaha, perhaps we’ll see them in 2023. There are a couple Monday games, for July 4 and Labor Day–and the All Star Break is back. Twice the ‘Pigs will be home for two weeks straight, and twice they’ll be on the road for that amount. I’m awaiting the AA schedule to check overlap. I’m guessing they’ll be on the same 6-game routine.
  • I don’t have any news about Daniel Brito, other than some rumors.  The team wore the Sunday jerseys, all with Brito, the last weekend they were home.  Players up and down the system have been wearing “Brito Strong” T-Shirts.  I think it’s great that the players are supporting him, but I also feel strongly that fans would like to, as well.  I understand the privacy issue, but an official T-Shirt sale to benefit Daniel and his family, or a jersey auction?  That is something I could get behind 1000%.  I hope someone can make it happen.  I assume the Phillies are covering many expenses and such, but I also know there are other living expenses and a little cash could really help.  

Photo: Jack Mitroka

Looking Ahead

The Pigs will stay in town and face the Smets next week.  I’ll hope to have a preview for you next Monday or Tuesday.  

 

See you at the park,

@Kram207

 



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