It was a weird year in Allentown. The team started with Maikel Franco and a lot of AAAA players. Its pitching staff was mostly patched together with guys whose best hope was getting a spot start for the Phillies to augment some pitchers with fringier stuff trying to find their way to major league debuts. At one point they were carried by staff ace Phillippe Aumont. Later there were cameos by Aaron Nola and Jared Eickhoff to go with a dominant two months from Aaron Altherr. In the end the IronPigs weren’t good, but they also weren’t terrible and played around .500 ball for the second half of the season.
Standing: 5th in North Division (missed playoffs)
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Hits – Brian Bogusevic (138)
Doubles – Tyler Henson (31)
Triples – Chase d’Arnaud (5)
Home Runs – Brian Bogusevic (12)
Walks – Chris McGuiness (55)
Strikeouts – Jordan Danks (122)
Stolen Bases – Chase d’Arnaud (28)
Batting Average – Brian Bogusevic (.296)
On Base Percentage – Aaron Altherr (.362)
Slugging – Aaron Altherr (.495)
ERA (SP) – Phillippe Aumont (2.35)
ERA (RP) – Adam Loewen (2.15)
Innings – Jason Berken (113.1)
Home Runs – Jason Berken (11)
Walks – Anthony Vasquez (46)
Strikeouts – Jason Berken (78)
WHIP (SP) – Anthony Vasquez (1.39)
WHIP (RP) – Colton Murray (1.07)
Who Are You?
So I don’t have anything particularly deep to write about the IronPigs that isn’t covered elsewhere, so let’s play a little game where you look to guess who each player is.
► Edgar Duran
Duran was signed by the Phillies in 2007 and is still only 24 years old. He has hit .228/.279/.301 over 670 games, primarily as a shortstop. He is a glove first utility player who missed a lot of time due to injuries this year from the IronPigs. He is a guy who could see the majors at some point for someone as a 25th guy.
► Jason Berken
Someone has to pitch innings in AAA, and Berken did that, whether starting or relieving. He has 248.2 innings in the majors.
► Devin Lohman
One of two ex-Reds brought in this spring when everyone got hurt (the other is Brodie Greene), was released this summer
► Anthony Vasquez
Actually a great story, Vasquez is a soft tossing lefty looking to make it back the majors after brain surgery.
► Chris Nelson
Nelson played for 3 org this year before ending up in Mexico for the winter. He actually hit .278/.328/.352 for the IronPigs before being released.
► Jordan Danks
Danks was on the 40 man roster all year and actually got 4 ABs for the Phillies.
► Aaron Nola
Just seeing if any of you made it this far.
► Tyler Henson
Henson will be 28 next year, was drafted in 2006 by Baltimore. He has hit .263/.323/.393 over his career while playing every position but catching. He doesn’t really have the bat or glove to be a 4th OF (he is iffy in CF), he only has 4 games above AA at SS, and he is not a great (but passable) 2B. It is a tough position to be in and he has lost all the shine he once had and he is too old for a team to invest time into making a bench player. He has over 1000 minor league games with no major league time, and likely won’t be back next year.