The report card on Starting Pitchers in the lower half of the organization. Remember, grades are against each pitchers pre-season expectations I had for them, not against each other. Next up are Relief Pitchers (LV, Reading and Clearwater)…lots of names, so I am shooting for Tuesday.
Mark Leiter, 22, Phils 22nd round draft pick in 2013 draft; 16 games (4 starts) between GCL, Lakewood and Clearwater; 45IP 34H 13BB 50K; 0.71 GO/AO; .210 opp. avg; 1.04 WHIP; 2.6BB/10.0K per nine; Leiter pitched extremely well after being drafted this year, having success at each level he pitched at. Grade: A; 2014: He will be 23 by the time the 2014 season starts and has done nothing to suggest he shouldnt start the season in CLearwater.
Miguel Nunez, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 26 games (22 starts); 10-8 with a 4.22ERA; 130IP 136H 38BB 80K; 5HR allowed; 0.82 GO/AO; .270 opp. avg; .315 vs. LH, .239 vs. RH, .265 with RISP; 1.34WHIP; 2.6BB/5.5K per nine; Post All Star Break: 13 starts, 5-4 with a 3.59ERA. Nunez really came on as the year moved along and was perhaps Lakewood’s most consistent second half starter. He skipped over WIlliamsport to play in Lakewood this year and his 2013 should be considered very successful. Grade: B; 2014: Clearwater
Jon Prosinski, 22, Phils 10th round draft pick in 2013 draft; 13 starts between WIlliamsport and Lakewood; 3-3 with a 3.35 ERA; 53.2IP 74H 11BB 38K; 4HR allowed; 1.88 GO/AO; .326 opp. avg; 1.58 WHIP; 2.0BB/6.4K per 9; FOr Lakewood: 8 starts; 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA; .316 opp. avg; .179 with RISP. A very interesting line for Prosinksi. He was hit very hard but consistently worked himself out of trouble with fantastic numbers with runners in scoring position and very good control. He had a long year after a full season at Seton Hall. The bottom line looks good, but getting there wasn’t pretty. Grade: C+; 2014: I would give him another half dozen starts in Lakewood before a call up.
Shane Watson, 20, Phils 1st round pick in 2012 draft; 16 starts; 4-6 with a 4.75ERA; 72IP 63H 12HR allowed; 28BB 53K; 1.45 GO/AO; .230 opp. avg; 1.26WHIP; 2.7BB/6.6K per 9; .183 vs. LH, .261 vs. RH, .233 with RISP; Watson was up and down through the year until we went down injured and missed the last two months of the season. He clearly has a good deal of talent but has yet to prove that his body can handle the professional workload. Grade: C; 2014: CLearwater; Prospect Ranking: 17
Ramon Oviedo, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 16 games (6 starts) between Williamsport and Lakewood; 2-4 with a 5.05ERA; 46.1IP 54H 15BB 33K; 0HR allowed; 0.80 GO/AO; .295 opp. avg; 1.49WHIP; 2.6BB/6.4K per 9; For Lakewood: 11 games (6 starts); 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA; 1.62WHIP; Continued mediocrity for Oviedo who has yet to prove that he can be consistent at Low A. Grade: C-; 2014: Lakewood if his time has not run out
Yoel Mecias, 19, SIgned as a free agent in 2010; 13 games (11 starts); 4-3 with a 3.79ERA; 1 save; 57IP 53H 25BB 70K; 3HR allowed; 1.18 GO/AO; .244 opp. avg; 1.37WHIP; 3.9BB/11.1K per nine; Mecias was pitching very well, with one of the highest strikeout rates in the organization before suffering a significant injury that required Tommy John surgery. When he comes off his rehab sometime in 2014, I would imagine he needs to re-prove himself in Lakewood. Still plenty of hope for the youngster.
Jeb Stefan, 23, Phils 22nd round draft pick in 2012 draft; 35 games (13 starts); 6-7 with a 3.55 ERA; 111.2IP 101H 37BB 93K; 11HR allowed; 1.23 WHIP; 3.0BB/7.5K per 9; 0.74GO/AO; .234 opp. avg; .267 vs. RHP; .212 vs. LHP; .245 with RISP; As a starter: 13 starts, 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA; A very good year for Stefan who really came into his own after being placed in the rotation. Grade: B+; 2014: Certainly Clearwater, although a wouldnt be surprised by a bump to Reading.
Drew Anderson, 19, Phils 21st round pick in 2012 draft; 15 starts; 6-3 with a 2.00ERA; 76.1IP 58H 20BB 54K; 5HR allowed; 0.98 GO/AO; .214 opp. avg; .207 vs. LH, .220 vs. RH, .194 with RISP; 1.02WHIP; 2.4BB/6.4K per 9; Doesn’t get much better than the line Anderson put up for the Crosscutters this year. Grade: A+; 2014: I wouldn’t be super aggressive with Anderson quite yet. Lets see what he does in 6-8 starts in Lakewood. Prospect Ranking: 39
Mitch Guellar, 19, Phils 1st round pick in 2012 draft; 14 games; 3-8 with a 5.86ERA; 58.1IP 83K 26BB 35K; 4HR allowed; 1.13 GO/AO; .337 opp avg; .379 vs. LH, .311 vs. RH, .310 with RISP; 1.87 WHIP; 4.0BB/5.4K per nine; Guellar was consistently overmatched by NYPL hitters this year and I see no good reason for promotion. Very pedestrian strikeout numbers, and an astronomical WHIP doomed his 2013. Grade: D-; 2014: Extended Spring then Williamsport. A lack of success this year could turn him back into a OF come 2015 and drop him out of the Top 40.. Prospect Ranking: 23
Shane Martin, 22, Phils 9th round pick in 2013 draft; 15 starts; 5-4 with a 3.31ERA; 70.2IP 63H 16BB 44K; 7HR allowed; 1.65 GO/AO; .233 opp. avg; .286 vs. LH, .203 vs. RH, .254 with RISP; 1.12 WHIP; 2.0BB/5.6K per nine; A successful 2013 for Martin who pitched consistently well for WIlliamsport. I would like to see a few more strikeouts. Grade: B+; 2014: Martin is the perfect double bump candidate. CLearwater.
Julio Reyes, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 16 games (12 starts); 3-2 with a 3.14ERA; 63IP 34H 30BB 58K; 3HR allowed; 0.68GO/AO; .160 opp. avg; .217 vs. LH, .116 vs. RH, .250 with RISP; 1.01 WHIP; 4.2BB/8.3K per nine; Reyes was perhaps as dominant as any starter when you look across his entire line. The numbers against righties are overwhelming. While I would like to see the walks tick down a bit, 2013 was flat out impressive. Grade: A; 2014: CLearwater
Yacksel Rios, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2011; 15 games (10 starts); 5-3 with a 3.59ERA; 52.2IP 52H 19BB 39K; 1HR allowed; 0.86GO/AO; .265 opp. avg; .272 vs. LH, .261 vs. RH, .179 with RISP; 1.35WHIP; 3.5BB/6.7K per nine; A solid, consistent effort. Grade: B; 2014: Lakewood
Ranfi Casimeiro, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 11 starts; 2-6 with a 5.21ERA; 48.1IP 66H 15BB 30K; 1.47 GO/AO; .324 opp. avg; .387 vs. LH, .287 vs. RH, .297 with RISP; 1.68WHIP; 2.8BB/5.6K per 9; This was Casimeiro’s 2nd season in the GCL and he seemed to go backwards this year, getting hit very hard. Grade: D; 2014: GCL if he is still around
Feliberto Sanchez, 2o, SIgned as a free agent in 2011; 12 games (10 starts); 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA; 54.1IP 58H 22BB 33K; 0.54 GO/AO; .279 opp. avg; 1.47WHIP; 3.6BB/5.5K per 9; .333 vs LH, .250 vs. RH, .277 with RISP; Pretty average numbers across the board. Grade: C; 2014: Williamsport
Alejandro Arteaga, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 13 games (12 starts) between GCL and CLearwater; 4-3 with a 3.45ERA; 60IP 63H 11BB 40K; 0.86 GO/AO; .272 opp. avg., 1.23 WHIP; 1.6BB/6.0 K per nine; For GCL: 4-2 with a 3.27ERA in 11 games; Very good year for Arteaga who progressed nicely and showed excellent command. Grade: B+; 2014: Lakewood is a realistic possibility
Eineiry Garcia, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 9 starts; 1-3 with a 5.15ERA; 36.2IP 43H 14BB 31K; 1.41 GO/AO; .291 opp avg; .258 vs. LH, .299 vs. RH, .288 with RISP; 1.55 WHIP; 3.4BB/7.6K per 9; ; First time state side for Garcia who did an adequate job with his transition. Grade: C; 2014: GCL
Tyler Viza, Soon to be 19, Phils 32nd round pick in 2013 draft; 12 games (6 starts); 1-0 with a 1.41ERA; 32IP 21H 10BB 20K; 1.16GO/AO; .193 opp. avg; 0.98 WHIP; 2.8BB/5.6K per 9; .234 vs. LH, .161 vs. RH, .190 with RISP. Excellent beginnings for VIza, who signed a bit late. Grade: A; 2014: Williamsport