A quick post for you to discuss the Phils not renewing Marti Woelver’s contract and any thing else you wish to discuss this beautiful Fall weekend. Have at it.
The final report card for the Lehigh Valley and Reading bullpen. Next up is CLearwater and Lakewood.
Phillippe Aumont, 25, Acquired from Seattle in 2010; 35 games, 3-3 with a 3.93ERA; 55IP 48H 39BB 65K; .240 opp avg; 1.58 WHIP; 1.30 GO/AO; 6.4BB/10.6K per 9; .226 vs. LHH; .252 vs. RHH; .250 opp avg over last month; Aumont received multiple shots to pitch for the Phils this year and was beyond awful during each opportunity. His minor league season was marred by continued inconsistency, lack of control, and missed time due to injury. The Phillies failing to call Aumont up in September pretty much says it all at this stage. Without options next year, I expect him to be in another organization. Grade: D
Jeremy Horst, 29, Acquired from Cincinnati in 2012; 45 games; 4-2 with a 3.98ERA; 63.1IP 54H 31BB 57K; 4HR allowed; .234 opp avg; 1.34 WHIP; 0.51 GO/AO; .236 vs. LHH; .232 vs. RHH; .169 opp avg over last 30 days; 1.08 ERA in 9 appearances since 8/1. Horst was simply bad for the first part of the season, was designated for assignment off the 40 man and came back to pitch very well over the seasons last month or two. With the Phils now having some depth from the left side in the bullpen and Horst being a free agent, I would expect him elsewhere come 2015. Grade: C
Tyler Knigge, 25, Phils 12th round pick in 2010; 45 appearances, 7-3 with a 3.43ERA between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3 saves; 76IP 71H 22BB 47K; 2.6BB/5.6K per 9; .248 opp avg; 1.22 WHIP; 1.87 GO/AO; For Lehigh Valley: 27 games, 4-3 with a 4.61ERA; .270 opp. avg; 1.37 WHIP. Knigge was lights out for Reading and was called up to Lehigh Valley mid-season where he struggled at times with the transition. Still, he showed signs of promise, showing very good command. Grade: B-; 2015: Lehigh Valley
Ethan Martin, 25, Acquired from Dodgers in 2012; 29 games, 2-1 with a 4.15ERA; 47.2IP 46H 21BB 45K; 2HR allowed; .256 opp avg; 1.41 WHIP; 1.38 GO AO; 4.0BB/8.5K per 9; .221 vs. LHH; .282 vs. RHH; .270 opp avg over last 30 days. All in all a disappointing year for Martin who was shut down early in Spring Training with arm issues and was ineffective for a period of time upon his return. Overall, the numbers are mediocre. There is talent there. It is a matter of whether it can be properly channeled. Grade: C-; 2015: Lehigh Valley with a call up to Philly at some point
Hector Neris, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2010;48 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 6-3 with a 3.61ERA and 2 saves; 77.1IP 62H 29BB 70K; 8HR allowed; .219 opp avg; 1.18 WHIP; 0.81 GO/AO; 3.4BB/8.1K per 9; .264 vs. LHH; .203 vs. RHH. Neris had a very good year, getting called up for his major league debut (sent back down after one scoreless appearance) and putting himself on the radar screen as a true candidate for the future of the Phillies bullpen. Too many home runs balls, but he has a couple of pitches that are near major league ready. Grade: B+; 2015: Lehigh Valley
BJ Rosenberg, 29, Phils 13th round pick in 2008; 18 games, 2-1 with a 6.63ERA; 19IP 24H 12BB 17K; 2 HR allowed; .312 opp avg; 1.89 WHIP; 0.90 GO/AO; 5.7BB/8.1K per 9; Just an awful year for Rosenberg who was brutal for the both the Phils and ‘Pigs and had multiple stints on the DL. Without options, he will come into Sprint Training in “make it or break it” mode. With the other options the Phils now have, I suspect Rosenberg lands elsewhere in 2015, if not over the winter. Grade: D-
Cesar Jiminez, 29, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2014; 38 games (2 starts); 3-2 with a 1.45ERA; 3 saves; 49.2IP 34H 15BB 46K; 0 HR allowed; 2.7BB/8.3K per 9; .193 opp avg; 0.99 WHIP; 0.87 GO/AO; .167 vs. LHH; .282 vs. RHH. Jiminez dominated the International League all season with numbers that were off the charts. Good control and didnt allow a homerun ball in 50 innings. His command was not as good in his multiple trips to the majors but Jiminez currently has a ERA below 2 and an opp avg below .250 for the Phils. Jiminez has no options and he will need to be re-signed over the off season if the Phils want him back. They could do alot worse than Jiminez as an 11th or 12th man in their bullpen. Grade: A
Luis Garcia, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 39 games; 2-1 with an 0.96ERA; 22 saves; 46.2IP 35H 16BB 52K; 0HR allowed; .205 opp avg; 1.09 WHIP; 1.43 GO/AO; 3.1BB/10.0K per 9; .150 with RISP; Garcia was totally lights out for Lehigh Valley; was an IL All Star and among the league leaders in saves, even with multiple major league stints. His first two short call ups to Philly were miserable this year, but since September 1st, Garcia has a 2.08ERA for the Phils. Grade: A-; 2015: Garcia has an option remaining, so he certainly will be back with the organization bouncing between Lehigh Valley and Philly.
Miguel Gonzalez, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 31 games (3 starts) between Clearwater, Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0-4 with a 3.11ERA; 3 saves; 46.1IP 40H 26BB 54K; .231 opp avg; 1.42 WHIP; 0.63 GO/AO; 5.1BB/10.5K per 9; For Lehigh Valley: 12 games, 0-0 with a 1.62ERA; 2 saves; 16.2IP 10H 10BB 19K; .172 opp avg; Gonzalez entered the season with very high expectations, was immediately injured and then struggled upon his return moving from the starting rotation to the bullpen. He flourished in both the Reading and Lehigh Valley bullpens showing major league “stuff”, albeit with command issues. He was called up on 9/1 and has struggled for the Phils in his 5 outings thru 9/25 (8.31 ERA). Grade: C, Gonzalez pretty much ended up where I expected him to be at the end of 2014, but took a very different route than I expected to get there; 2015: I would be very surprised if he is not on the 25 man roster, making $4M again in 2015.
Matt Hoffman, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 23 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0-1 with a 3.71ERA; 26.2IP 26H 10BB 31K; 1.36 WHIP; .255 opp avg; 0.75 GO/AO; Hoffman was signed as a free agent mid season and did a good job in the role that was given to him. Grade: B-; 2015: Most likely elsewhere
Colton Murray, 24, Phils 13th round pick in 2011; 47 games; 3-7 with a 2.23ERA; 8 saves; 76.2IP 55H 30BB 77K; 5HR allowed; 3.5BB/9.1K per 9; .201 opp avg; 1.11 WHIP; 0.90 GO/AO; FOr Reading: 36 games; 1-5 with a 2.29ERA; .188 opp avg; 1.03 WHIP. Murray is probably the reliever whose stock has risen the most throughout the Phils minor leagues. He was outstanding this year, progressing from CLearwater to Reading and dominating AA hitters. Home run balls are a bit of a problem, but a very good year overall for Murray who will need to be added to the 40 man roster. Grade: A-; 2015: Lehigh Valley
Mike Nesseth, 26, Phils 17th round pick in 2010; 42 games (9 starts) between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 2-7 with a 5.60ERA; 1 save; 88.1IP 112H 27BB 64K; 11HR allowed; 2.8BB/6.5K per 9; .310 opp avg; 1.57 WHIP; 1.38 GO/AO; 18 games since July 1: 1-1 with a 2.83ERA; Nesseth was simply as bad as you can be for the first three months of the season and then came around towards years end to show some of the promise that was there in 2013. I had very big expectations for Nesseth entering 2014 and the grade encompasses the fact that I expected a major league debut. Grade: D-; 2015: Lehigh Valley
Neifi Ogando, 25, Acquired from Boston in 2013; 48 games; 5-1 with a 6.27ERA; 7 saves; 56IP 64H 28BB 57K; 6HR allowed; .291 opp avg; 1.64 WHIP; 1.68 GO/AO; 4.5BB/9.1K per 9; .300 vs. LHH; .288 vs. RHH; .211 opp avg over last month; Post All STar Game: 3-0 with a 3.86ERA in 16 games; Ogando was extremely inconsistent in the first half of the season, often stuggling with his control. He did a better job in the second half but needs to show he can do it consistently before a move up. He has very good stuff, just needs to consistently know where to throw it. Grade: D+; 2015: Reading
Seth Rosin, 25, Acquired from Giants in 2012; 43 games between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 3-5 with a 3.86ERA; 3 saves; 58.1IP 64H 19BB 44K; 6HR allowed; .286 opp avg; 1.42 WHIP; 0.85 GO/AO; Rosin had a whirlwind year during which he made his major league debut for the Dodgers, then pitched for the Rangers in the majors, before he was returned to the Phillies via Rule 5 return. When he returned he was simply awful for Lehigh Valley, before turning it around in Reading to have a very consistent second half of the season. I havent lost faith that Rosin could be a help in a major league bullpen, however, the upside appears to be as a 11th ot 12th man in the bullpen, as a middle reliever. Grade: C-; 2015: Lehigh Valley
Kyle Simon, 24, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; 46 games; 5-4 with a 3.93 ERA between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 3 saves; 75.2IP 77H 21BB 41K; 3HR allowed; .271 opp avg; 1.30 WHIP; 2.47 GO/AO; 2.5BB/4.9K per 9; .254 opp avg over last month; For Lehigh Valley: 10 games; 0-2 with a 9.42ERA; .317 opp. avg; 10 BB in 14.1IP; Simon started the year with the ‘Pigs and was beyond brutal before being sent back to AA. For Reading, Simon got his mojo back, pitching well. The Phils will need to make a 40 man roster decision with Simon. I suspect he is left unprotected and goes untaken. Grade: D+; 2015: Lehigh Valley
Austin Wright, 25, Phils 8th round pick in 2011; 32 games; 2-4 with a 5.06ERA; 48IP 41H 44BB 38K; 5HR allowed; .225 opp avg; 1.77 GO/AO; 0.72 GO/AO; 8.3BB/7.1K per 9; .177 vs. LHP; .250 vs. RHP; .250 opp avg over last month; .222 opp avg with RISP; All you need to do is look at the walk rate to judge Wright’s success (lack thereof) this year. Simply awful. Combine that with missing significant time injured and you have a very bad year. That said, he has talent. Look at opponents batting average. He is Rule 5 eligible, and I actually think the Phils will protect him simply because of the .177 LHH opp. avg. Grade: D-; 2015: Reading until he proves he knows where the strike zone is.
Report card for starters in WIlliamsport and the GCL, albeit with limited sample sizes. Next up will be the bullpen in Lehigh Valley and Reading.
Alejandro Artega, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 22 starts between Lakewood and WIlliamsport; 4-14 with a 6.13ERA; 111.2IP 160H 20BB 69H 11HR allowed; .341 opp avg; 1.61 WHIP; 1.09 GO/AO; 1.6BB/5.6K per 9; .289 opp avg over last month; Opponents hit Arteaga at nearly a .400 clip in his 9 Lakewood starts before being sent to Williamsport. After a successful 2013, this year was a step backwards. Grade: D; 2015: WIlliamsport
Mitch Guellar, 20, Phils Compensation Round Pick in 2012; 13 starts; 5-5 with a 4.69ERA; 63.1IP 65H 29BB 31K; .275 opp avg; 1.48 WHIP; 0.73 GO/AO; 4.0bb/4.4K per 9; .259 vs. LHH; .289 vs. RHH; .310 opp avg over last month; After a very good first half where Guellar was named a NYPL All Star, he had a difficult second half where many of the same issues he went through in 2013 re-appeared. Guellar was just 1-3 with a 7.25ERA in 5 August starts. Grade: C-; 2015: He may be back for a third season in Williamsport.
Brandon Leibrandt, 21, Phils 6th round pick in 2014; 12 games(10 starts) between GCL and WIlliamsport; 3-5 with a 2.82ERA; 60.2IP 49H 10BB 67K; .227 opp avg; 0.97 WHIP; 0.61 GO/AO; 1.5BB/9.9K per 9; For Williamsport: 7 starts, 2-3 with a 2.20ERA; .203 opp avg and 0.90 WHIP; Leibrandt was excellent generally overpowering hitters in the NYPL and GCL. Excellent control and knows how to pitch. Grade: A; 2015: Clearwater rotation Continue reading
Monday’s game at the Blue Jays’ Englebert Complex was moved up 10:00am to beat the weather. Unfortunately, I was unaware of the change and missed the game. Tuesday’s game against the Yankees at Bright House Field was played at the scheduled time. It’s not about the result, but the Phillies did win 5-1.
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Calls for giving Jake Fox “a look” can be put to rest. According to Baseball America, the 32-year old first baseman was released last week by the Phillies. Fox hit 16 HRs in 57 games in the Mexican League and slashed .307/.397/.605/1.001 before signing a minor league contract with the Phillies. He continued to produce, hitting 22 HRs in 78 games an slashing .308/.373/.591/.964 with Reading. His combined line was 38 HRs and .307/.383/.597/.980 in 135 games in 2014.
The report card for starting pitchers who ended the season in CLearwater and Lakewood. Reminder on grading…players are graded against pre-season expectation of themselves not each other. A= Far exceeded expectations; B= Exceeded Expectations; C= At Expectations; D= Below Expectations; F= Far Below Expectations. Next up, Starting pitching in Williamsport and GCL
Colin Kleven, 23, Phils 33rd round pick in 2009; 24 starts, 6-10 with a 4.83ERA; 136IP 155H 33BB 107K; 13HR allowed; .289 opp avg; 1.38 WHIP; 1.41 GO AO; 2.2BB/7.1K per 9; .285 with RISP; .339 vs. LHH, .252 vs. RHH; Post All STar: 12 starts, 4-3 with a 4.32ERA; Kleven’s numbers are very pedestrian until you consider that he recovered from an extremely significant back injury in 2013 to pitch a full season and become more effective as the year went on. Grade: C+; 2015: I think he will be challenged to sink or swim in Reading.
Mark Leiter, 23, Phils 22nd round pick in 2013; 27 starts between Lakewood and Clearwater; 9-12 with a 4.35ERA; 149IP 160H 37BB 141K; 10HR allowed; .274 opp avg; 1.32 WHIP; 1.24 GO/AO; 2.2BB/8.9K per 9; For Clearwater: 11 starts; 4-5 with a 4.31ERA; .273 opp avg; 1.30 WHIP; Leiter would throw two outstanding games, followed by an atrocious game and was inconsistent all year. His final numbers are adequate and show continued promise but he needs to work on his consistency. 2015: Reading; Grade: B-
Miguel Nunez, Soon to be 22, SIgned as a free agent in 2010; 25 games (20 starts); 6-7 with a 4.49ERA; 122.1IP 125H 44BB 95K; 8HR allowed; .263 opp avg; 1.38 WHIP; 0.71 GO/AO; 3.2BB/7.0K per 9; .269 vs. LHH; .257 vs. RHH; .243 opp avg over last month; Since July 1: 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 9 starts; Nunez came on to become the Threshers most consistent starter, throwing exceptionally well towards the end of the season. Grade: B-; 2015: I think he starts in CLearwater but with a quick call to Reading when a Reading starter either falters or is called up to Lehigh Valley Continue reading
The news keeps getting worse for Shane Watson, but this time, it is of his own doing. Watson, the Phillies first round pick in 2012 missed all of last season with a shoulder injury and will now miss the first 50 games of next season due to a suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the violation is not for steroid use, but a “drug of abuse”. STay tuned for more details as they become available.
Just a few observations and answers about the Instructional League Roster. It’s a little easier to address the questions that arose in yesterday’s thread here than after each comment.
A lot of the players you guys noted were missing attended the Instructs last year and maybe the year before, guys like – Anderson, Keys, Rivero, Viza, Rios, Posso, Canelo, Green, Greene, Pujols, Tocci were all included in the 2013 Instructs. I think Mecias, Cuicas, Marte, Hiciano, Tromp were included in 2012. Continue reading
The Phillies have determined their roster for the 2014 Instructional League (FIL). I apologize for the appearance, I just did a basic block and copy and haven’t ruined the integrity of the file, yet. If you would like a copy, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forawrd a copy. It is still in its original Excel format.
There are a couple of surprise attendees. Guys I didn’t expect to see, like J.P. Crawford. And guys I’m looking forward to seeing, like Jesus Alastre. I can’t wait to start covering the Instructs.
The first game is this coming Saturday morning. I have an updated schedule, too. If you would like a copy, e-mail me at the address above. I’ll get copies out tonight or tomorrow. I have an important lunch meeting at the Brown Boxer today. Yeah, meeting sounds more official than happy hour lunch. Continue reading
Report card for starting pitchers at Lehigh Valley and Reading. Clearwater and Lakewood are up next. A reminder that grades are based on pre season expectations against the players themselves not against each other. A= Far exceeds expectations; B= Exceeds expectations; C= At expectations; D= Below Expectations; F= Disaster
Greg Smith, 30, Re-signed as a free agent in 2014; 27 games, 9-11 with a 4.40ERA; 157.1IP 176H 37BB 92K; 17HR allowed; 2.1BB/5.2K per 9; .286 opp avg; 1.35 WHIP; 0.63 GO/AO; .297 vs. LHH, .282 vs. RHH; Post All Star Game: 2-5 with a 5.58ERA in 9 starts; .318 opp avg with RISP. Smith was serviceable this year, transitioning into a side armor. Best that really can be said is that he gave Lehigh Valley innings, some good, some bad. Grade: C; 2015: Elsewhere
Sean O’Sullivan, 27, SIgned as a free agent in 2014; 25 starts; 6-10 with a 4.30ERA; 148.2IP 154H 50BB 94K; 17HR allowed; .271 opp avg; 1.37 WHIP; 0.79 GO/AO; 3.0BB/5.7K per 9; .282 vs. LHH, .261 vs. RHH, .323 with RISP; 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 5 August starts; There were times O’Sullivan threw well, and he was an innings eater for Lehigh Valley, but basically, it was a mediocre year for the RHP. Home runs simply killed him and the high opponents average with RISP tell the tale. Grade: C; 2015: Could be back in Lehigh Valley providing depth but more likely, elsewhere.
Brad Lincoln, 29, Acquired from Toronto in 2013; 27 games (22 starts); 6-11 with a 5.11ERA; 123.1IP 123H 58BB 112K; 13HR allowed; .260 opp. avg; 1.47 WHIP; 0.79 GO/AO; 4.2BB/8.2K per 9; .271 vs. LHH, .252 vs. RHH; Since July 1st: 2-8 with a 6.12 ERA; .281 opp avg with RISP; Lincoln started the year with the Phils, was awful and was sent down. He pitched well early for Lehigh Valley but his second half turned into an unmitigated disaster. Grade: D; 2015: Elsewhere Continue reading