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Minor League Notes: Cochran, Friend

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Cochran, no, not that Tom Cochran, will return to the IronPigs.

Per Matt Provence, lefty starter Tom Cochran has been promoted from Reading to Lehigh Valley. Cochran, 33, was 0-3 with a 5.73 ERA in Reading this season after posting 9-5 record with a 3.96 ERA last year for the ‘Pigs. Cochran will likely replace the rotation spot left vacant by Jonathan Pettibone; the IronPigs had been using a starter-by-committee system to this point, having Zach Miner and Cesar Jiminez start bullpen games.

In a corresponding move, righty reliever Justin Friend has been demoted to Reading. Friend, 26, set the single-season saves record last year at Reading, racking up 24 with a 0.23 ERA before earning his first shot at Triple-A baseball. Friend has struggled in 2013, posting a 7.07 ERA in 14 IP, struggling with increased walks (7.7 BB/9 IP v. a career average of 4.5) and decreased strike outs (6.4 K/9 IP v. a career average of 9.5). Headed into Spring Training, Friend earned consideration for the big league club as a non-roster invitee and was selected by the Phillies in the Minor League portion of the December 2010 Rule 5 draft from the Oakland A’s.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. pamikedc

    May 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Sucks for Fiend. Hopefully he can re group. He was playing so well.

    And- why wasn’t Biddle promoted?? Just wondering how all of that works.

  2. bacardipr

    May 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Promotion by default…

  3. Nina collins

    May 2, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    The iron pigs website lists cochran as 30 not 33 hope he does as well as last year

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