We’ve reached the mid-season point on the Major League schedule, as the Phillies played their 81st game of the season last night. Since the minor league regular season schedules typically only go through Labor Day, we’re slightly past that halfway point for developmental levels. That doesn’t mean we can’t take a midpoint glance around the farm to get familiar with the status of each full season team and the progress of some key contributors for each club, through games played on Wednesday.
In the Triple A International League, Ryne Sandberg’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs lead the North division with a 46-33 record. All season long, the ‘Pigs roster has served as the on deck circle for the Major League Phillies, but somehow the team has managed to hold things together and stand out as a strong club in the tough division that includes the Yankees and Red Sox affiliates.
Second baseman Josh Barfield, who has Major League experience with the Indians, has posted solid numbers throughout the season with Lehigh Valley. In 69 games, Barfield has a .287 batting average with a .743 OPS.
John Mayberry Jr., who joined the club after a lackluster April and May with the Phillies, is hitting .287 overall in 23 games with the IronPigs. Lately, the 27-year-old is making a solid case for a return to the big club, having posted a .381 average over his past 10 contests. Continue reading Mid-season Developmental Report