Nothing is more disgusting in the 2014 baseball season than watching Phillies baseball especially the recently conclude series against the Pirates. The Phillies could not hit, could not field but did get reasonable pitching. My only question is how many more times can Sandberg and Amaro Jr. run out that lineup and expect anything different that they are currently getting which is next to nothing with the bat or outfield glove.
Over the weekend I watched on MLB a catchable ball fly over the head of left fielder Domonic Brown. Then a throw by Ben Revere from shallow center field that was up the first base line to allowed a run to score on a sacrifice fly. Enough is enough!
On the other hand, I just can’t get over the season 26 year-old outfielder Pete Lavin has had for Clearwater and Reading. Yesterday he went 3 for 5 scoring two runs in Reading’s win over the Giant’s Richmond Va. farm team. Baseball Betsy and I were lucky enough this season to have had the opportunity to watch him play for Clearwater during the first half of the season and he was the lone bright spot in the otherwise overmatched Threshers lineup.
We saw Lavin play again in person in our swing through the Phillies farm system back in June in Reading. He did not disappoint, going 2 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI against the Indians Akron farm team that night.
After his call up to Reading in only 27 AA games, Lavin has scored 21 runs and driven in 15; has an OPS of .844 against both right and left handed pitching. Most impressively he has struck out only 10 times in 110 AA plate appearances.
Defensively, he has three outfield assists playing the corners for Reading to go with 14 assists he had when he was playing center field in Clearwater. I can not find any outfielder at any level who has more outfield assists this season than does Pete. At Reading he is yet to be charged with an error.
Offensively, Lavin is second in the Phillies minor league system with 10 combining his Clearwater and Reading home runs this season; tied for doubles with 19 and tied for first in triples with 5. His overall OPS is the highest of any of the minor league Phillies with at least 300 at bats this season.
Lavin offers everything the Phillies need right now in their very weak offensive and defensive major league starting lineup. But he gets little mention by the great baseball minds in the Phillies organization.
Lavin is not on the Phillies 40-man roster and he will have Rule Five eligibility if he is not added by the end of the season. So it looks like Pete will get a chance to show what he can do with another organization next year with likes of Domonic Brown and Ben Revere currently blocking his chances with the Phillies.
When the Phillies needed an emergency outfielder in the last two weeks they called up twice Reading teammate Aaron Altherr who is on the 40 man roster and is hitting .238 at Reading with a .664 OPS.
Why Pete Lavin is not at AAA Lehigh Valley or even in the Phillies starting lineup is a real mystery to me. Some observers just write it off as another example of the Phillies Front Office’s inability to project, evaluate and use the talent they already have, effectively!