Catasauqua Press

Monday, October 14, 2019

Time nearing for Phils to expand roster

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Major League teams can expand their rosters to as many as 40 players on Sunday when the calendar flips to September. It’s the last season that teams can go that high.

Starting next season, the roster can expand to just 30 players and there will be a 26-man roster for the regular season instead of the current 25-man roster.

So with the minor league season nearing an end and the rosters expanding, who will be continuing their season in Philadelphia and who starts their offseason?

Lehigh Valley picks up another catcher

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phillies have made a series of questionable moves this summer, with one of them coming last week when they signed catcher Nick Hundley.

While Hundley isn’t known for his offense, he’s been a strong defensive catcher and has thrown out just over the major league average of 26 percent of would-be base stealers over 12 seasons in the majors.

It never hurts to have a quality defensive catcher, but the Phillies already had three catchers on their Triple-A roster at Lehigh Valley.

Checking out where some former Pigs have landed

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Are you going through ‘Pig withdrawal yet?

The IronPigs haven’t played a home game since July 7 and they won’t be back home for another week yet, leaving Coca-Cola Park empty for 15 straight days. The current 11-game road trip saw the ‘Pigs fly from Rochester to Gwinnett Sunday night to start a four-game series against the Stripers.

With the gang out of town, it’s a good time to take a look at some former IronPigs who have also flown out of town, only on a more permanent basis.

Winning vs. development

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The IronPigs limped out of town a week ago having had the last game on their six-game homestand rained out, which may have been a good thing since they lost the first five games, coming on the heels of a loss in Buffalo to end their last road trip.

They went down to Durham and lost two more before a win over the Bulls and then won the middle game of a three-game series in Charlotte over the weekend. If you’re doing the math, that’s 10 losses in their last 12 games.