'Pig Points: Jerad Eickhoff Honored by IL

Jerad Eickhoff continues dominating the International League, while Brian Bogusevic gets back to the type of hitting he was doing early in the season. Plus, Lehigh Valley gets a new infielder, thanks to another - much less publicized - trade between the Phillies and Rangers.

Most scouts and pundits were impressed with the return that the Phillies received in trades for Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon and Ben Revere. One of the players who came to the Phillies organization as part of those trades is right-hander Jerad Eickhoff, a 25-year old right-hander, who has made two starts for Lehigh Valley.

Eickhoff has put together two strong outings for the 'Pigs, resulting in 14 innings pitched, 11 hits, one earned run, two walks and 11 strikeouts. He's also picked up the win in both of his starts. The outings were good enough to get Eickhoff some league recognition when he was named the International League Pitcher of the Week.

His strikes-to-balls ratio was impressive, with 196 pitches, 132 of which (67%) were for strikes. At Triple-A Round Rock this season, Eickhoff had thrown strikes 61% of the time and in his minor league career, he's just a tick under 63% in his career prior to coming to Lehigh Valley.

Bogusevic is back

Brian Bogusevic was one of the hottest hitters you could find early in the season. In April, Bogusevic hit .306, followed by .327 in May. From there, he started to come back to Earth a little, hitting .278 in June and falling all the way to .215 last month. The real slide began just before Bogusevic left to play in the Pan-Am Games and continued after his return.

Well, we're in the hottest month of the year and Bogusevic may be in his hottest month, too. Through nine games in August, Bogusevic is hitting .342 for the IronPigs and already has two home runs to give him a total of eight on the season.

At one point in the year, Bogusevic was hitting as high as .353 back on May 8. His season mark is currently at .293, with an on-base percentage of .355 on the year. It wasn't too long ago that fans were clamoring for Bogusevic to join the Phillies roster and for a while, it was hard to argue against bringing him up. The problem was that there was a crunch of numbers on the 40-man roster, so he remained at Triple-A. The Phillies, in fact, gambled and didn't bring him up by July 1, the date that Bogusevic could have opted out of his contract. He decided to not exercise the option and remained with Lehigh Valley.

Bogusevic is 31 and a career .236 hitter in 299 major league games. There are ways they could clear a roster spot for him to get a September call-up, but it's not an overwhelming chance that he will see Philly in the Fall.

Pastornicky is a 'Pig

For the second time in a little over two weeks, the Phillies and Rangers hooked up on a trade. The first saw Cole Hamels head for the Lone Star State, while the second was much less of a high profile move. On Monday, the Phillies announced that they had acquired infielder Tyler Pastornicky from Texas for those ever-popular cash considerations.

Pastornicky was hitting .283 with Triple-A Round Rock this summer, playing primarily at third base. This season alone, he has already played short, second, left and right, in addition to his time at third. Over the past three seasons, Pastornicky has played 124 major league games with the Braves, hitting .243 with a .295 OBP.

So, why would the Phillies want Pastornicky? The first option is the shortstop position at Triple-A. Edgar Duran, who is still on the DL, is hitting .163 on the season. His fill-ins, Devin Lohman and K.C. Serna, are batting a combined .169 with Lehigh Valley. The other possibility, which is somewhat related to the lack of offense from the Triple-A shortstop spot, is the fact that the Phillies could be dealing Chase Utley and there really isn't a backlog of qualified infielders to choose from to fill his roster spot.

Tyler Henson might be the first option. Henson is hitting .263 on the season, but his peripheral numbers are more interesting. With runners on base, he's hitting .314. That elevates to .365 with runners on and two outs. With runners in scoring position, he's hitting .323 and has a massive .444 average with runners in scoring position and two outs. Chase D'Arnaud would be another option. The 28-year old is hitting .283 with Lehigh Valley this season.

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