With the 10-Year Anniversary season around the corner, the IronPigs are enlisting fans to help assemble a 10-Year Anniversary Team. This All-IronPigs squad will be featured in team publications and on select promotional items during the 2017 season.
Each week, the IronPigs will host an "election" for a different position via Twitter. The player with the most votes will be named to the team. There will be four candidates for each position. Each candidate has been selected in advance and must meet certain requirements - first, and foremost, that each played his listed position as a primary position for at least one season with Lehigh Valley. Some players will appear at multiple positions throughout the voting process.
A summary making a case for each candidate will appear in a position feature on www.ironpigsbaseball.com. It is encouraged that votes be cast for each player's performance as an IronPig as opposed to prospect status or later success in Major League Baseball.
Feb. 13-19: Right-Handed Reliever
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Right-Handed Reliever (L to R in photo above):
Scott Mathieson, Michael Schwimer, Luis Garcia and Phillippe Aumont
Scott Mathieson (2010-11)
Career Stats: 5-8, 3.07 ERA, 26 SV in 84 G, 12 GS
Bacon Bits: Mathieson holds the single-season records for games pitched (54) and saves (26) in his two years with the IronPigs from 2010-11. The Vancouver, BC, Canada, native is also listed on the all-time career list in multiple categories: ERA (5th, 3.07), games pitched (7th, 84), saves (2nd, 31) and strikeouts (9th, 166). In 2010 with the IronPigs, Mathieson was named a Phillies organizational All-Star by MiLB.com and was named to a mid-season All-Star in the IL. He also garnered the Pitcher of the Month award in the Phillies organization in May of 2010 with a 1-0 record, a microscopic 0.64 ERA and five saves.
Michael Schwimer (2010-12)
Career Stats: 13-4, 2.12 ERA, 16 SV in 78 G
Bacon Bits: The 2011 season was arguably his best season as an IronPigs reliever and goes down as one of the best single-season performances in team history. The Fairfax, Va., native went 9-1 with a 1.85 ERA, converted 10 of his 13 save opportunities and had seven holds in 47 appearances. His performance in the 2011 campaign put Schwimer on the single-season top-10 list in both wins (T8th, 9) and saves (T10th, 10). For his efforts, the University of Virginia alum was named a Baseball America Triple-A All-Star and a mid-season All-Star in the I.L for the 2011 season. He racked up another honor for his pitching performance in July of 2011, taking home the Phillies organizations Player of the Month with a 3-1 record, a 1.15 ERA and four saves. Not only does Schwimer rank seventh in all-time carer saves (16), he also tied for sixth in career victories (13) despite never starting a game for Lehigh Valley.
Luis Garcia (2013-14, 2016)
Career Stats: 8-4, 1.52 ERA, 38 SV in 95 G
Bacon Bits: The franchise's all-time saves leader broke the previous mark of 31 career saves set by Scott Mathieson with his 32nd on July 30, 2016, against the Syracuse Chiefs. He then added six more saves to the record to set the new record of 38. His 13 saves in the 2016 campaign ranks him seventh on the single-season saves top-10 list and also ranks third in the same category with his 22 saves in 2014. For his 22 save season in 2014, the Santo Domingo, DR., native was named a Phillies organizational All-Star and a mid-season All-Star in the IL. Garcia also ranks in the career (4th, 95) and single-season (6th, 48) top-10 list for games pitched. He's also just 3.1 IP shy of qualfying in career rankings for ERA -- a category he would otherwise lead by nearly a full run (1.52 to Jake Thompson's top mark of 2.50).
Phillipe Aumont (2011-15)
Career Stats: 10-10, 3.46 ERA, 20 SV in 140 G 10 GS
Bacon Bits: Aumont is the franchise's all-time leader in games pitched with 140 over his five year career with the IronPigs. In his career with the 'Pigs he converted 20 of 26 save opportunities - good enough for fifth on the all-time list. Aumont is also listed on the top-10 career list in ERA (10th, 3.47), holds (3rd, 13), innings pitched (8th, 224.0) and strikeouts (2nd, 261). In addition to being on the top-10 of many career categories, the Gatineau, QC, Canada, native is tied for fifth with 15 saves in a single season. In his five season with Lehigh Valley, he only gave up 10 home runs in his 224.0 innings pitched.
Catcher: Erik Kratz (68%)
Other Nominees: Andrew Knapp (28%), Jason Jaramillo (5%), John Suomi (3%)
First Base: Andy Tracy (49%)
Other Nominees: Darin Ruf (34%), Cody Overbeck (9%), Russ Canzler (8%)
Second Base: Cesar Hernandez (43%)
Other Nominees: Kevin Frandsen (40%), Tyler Henson (14%), Josh Barfield (3%)
Shortstop: Freddy Galvis (42%)
Other Nominees: J.P. Crawford (39%), Chase d'Arnaud (13%), Andres Blanco (6%)
Third Base: Maikel Franco (52%)
Other Nominees: Cody Asche (32%), Mike Cervenak (13%), Cody Ransom (3%)
Left Field: Darin Ruf (48%)
Other Nominees: Brandon Moss (25%), Nick Williams (21%), Leandro Castro (6%)
Center Field: Rich Thompson (56%)
Other Nominees: Cam Perkins (28%), Brian Bogusevic (11%), Brandon Watson (5%)
Right Field: Domonic Brown (43%)
Other Nominees: John Mayberry Jr. (41%), Steve Susdorf (14%), Jon Knott (2%)
Utility: Kevin Frandsen (52%)
Other Nominees: Mike Cevenak (21%), Tyler Henson (17%), Russ Canzler (10%)
RH Starter: Jake Thompson (38%)
Other Nominees: David Buchanan (25%), Tyler Cloyd (23%), Drew Carpenter (14%)
LH Starter: JA Happ (85%)
Other Nominees: Anthony Vasquez (7%), Brian Mazone (6%), Greg Smith (2%)
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