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The End of an Era, Say Goodbye to Hollywood

With the names still trickling in, the Cole Hamels deal is all but final with the Phillies sending Hamels to the Texas Rangers.

The names that currently seem to be confirmed are Hamels and Jake Diekman going to Texas for Catcher Jorge Alfaro, OF Nick Williams, P Alec Asher, P Jerad Eickhoff,  and P Matt Harrison.

A quick look at who is coming: Jorge Alfaro is a 22 year old AA catcher who was hitting .253/.314/.432 with 5HR and 21RBI’s to go along with a 28% caught stealing rate before going down with a significant left ankle injury.  He has been out 6 weeks and could miss the remainder of the season.  Jerad Eickhoff, 25, was the Rangers 15th round pick in the 2011 draft.  He has pitched all season for AAA Round Rock, going 8-4 with a 4.47ERA in 17 starts, spanning 96.2 innings.  His WHIP sits at 1.30 and his BB/K ratio is a solid 3.1/9.0.

OF Nick WIlliams  was the Rangers 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft out of Ball High School in Galvaston, TX. Just 21, Williams has spent this season at AA Frisco, hitting .300/.357/.480 with 13HR 45RBI and 10SB.  He walks at an 8% ate, while striking out in 18% of his plate appearances.  23 year old Alec Asher was the Rangers 4th round pick in the 2012 draft and has made 12 starts for AAA Round Rock this season going 3-6 with a 4.73ERA in 64.2IP.  He sports a solid 2.6/7.5 walk to K ratio to go along with a 1.39WHIP.

29 year old LHP Matt Harrison is part of the deal and is owed in excess of $26M guaranteed over the next two seasons.  He has made a total of 9 major league starts over the last two seasons due to multiple injuries.  Harrison does have an abundance of talent if healthy, having won 18 games for the Rangers in the 2012 season, throwing in excess of 210 innings with an outstanding 3.29ERA.

21 year old RHP Jake Thompson who was originally a 2012 2nd round pick by the Tigers is also part of the deal.  Thompson is 6-6 with a 4.72ERA in 17 starts for AA Frisco this season having thrown 87.2 innings and a 3.1/8.0 walk to strikeout ratio.  Thompson currently has a rather high WHIP of 1.41, but had an excellent 2014 season where he went 10-5 with a 3.12 ERA in 25 starts between High A and AA.

Jake Thompson, Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro were the #3,4 and 5 prospects in the Baseball America’s mid season organizational rankings for the Rangers system.  Alec Asher ranks as the #13 prospect in the Rangers system.

Look for more analysis of the trade tomorrow at



Papelbon traded to the Nationals for P Nick Pivetta

While the details are still filtering in, it has been confirmed that the Phillies have traded closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Nationals in exchange for Nick Pivetta, a RHP currently playing for Harrisburg(AA).

Pivetta, 22, is a 6’5, 220 pound 4th round pick of the Nationals and is a combined 7-6 with a 3.02ERA for Potomac(A+) and Harrisburg this year. In 101.1IP, he has walked 38 and struck out 78, to go along with a WHIP of 1.25.  Coming into this season, Pivetta was the #10 prospect, and #5 pitcher in the Nationals organization.  Pivetta reportedly throws a mid 90’s fastball, a plus curveball and a changeup that is developing into a plus pitch as well.  The likely upside for Pivetta is as a #3-4 starter.  Look for Pivetta to join the Reading rotation shortly.

Without getting too much into Papelbon, and was a very effective player who was a cancer to the organization.  I am hoping to see Adam Loewen get a shot to take Papelbon’s roster spot, as he has been tremendous over the last two months for Lehigh Valley.

Lakewood Game Report: July 28

Intimidators 3, Blue Claws 1


RANFI CASIMIRO  started and pitched into the 7th inning.  His fastball was mostly 91-92 on the stadium gun and he topped out at 93.  His off-speed stuff was usually 81-84, but on a couple of occasions, he threw almost an eephus pitch that was 76 (he got bad swings and misses both times).

1st:  3 easy outs surrounded by a slow grounder that was right at where the SS would have been except LW had an extreme shift on for the Kannapolis #3 hitter (a lefty hitter named Lechich ).  The ball went into LF for a single.

2nd: Two Deep Flyouts (one which followed a foul ball scalded down the LF line), and a routine 6-3 groundout.

3rd:  Here is where things went awry.  The leadoff batter reached on a hard grounder that went right through Kingery at 2B (E-4).  The next batter walked.  The third hitter bunted to move the runners up, but put it perfectly down the 3Bline and beat it out.  With the bases loaded, Ranfi K’d the next guy swinging (92 mph FB).  On a 3-2 pitch the next batter reached out and poked a pitch over the outside corner right up the middle (it was close to both 2B and SS, but squirted through) to plate 2 runs.  The inning ended on a nice 4-6-3 DP.

4th: Two swinging K’s, and lazy flyout to CF along with a BB.  One thing that bothered me at different times (especially in the 4th inning) was Casimiro’s ability to get ahead of hitters, and then let them get back to either 3-2 or even a walk.  The first K went from 0-2 to 3-2, and the walk went from 1-2 to ball 4.

5th: Infield Single (Marerro at SS made a very nice backhand diving pickup and threw in the dirt, but Martin couldn’t make the scoop)/Hard lineout to Tomscha (3B)/Double down the RF line- Martin dove and got a little piece if it, but it still went to the corner and left runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out/Swinging K (huge drop, missed it by a wide margin)/Slow 4-3 groundout.

6th:  5-3 (nice diving play by Tomscha)/Walk (again from 1-2 count)/5-4-3 DP.  Casi seemed to be tiring but he came out for another inning which I had a bad feeling wouldn’t go so well…

7th: Flyout to RF/K (pitch in the dirt)/HBP/Ground 1B into RF/RBI Single into RF.  With two on and two outs, Casi was removed, and relieved by Jairo Munoz


7th: threw one pitch and ended the threat with a routine 6-3

8th: Foul Pop up to Catcher/Hard line single to LF/6-4-3 DP.  Munoz hit 95 a number of times, and his offspeed stuff was 79.


9th: 1-3 Comebacker/E-6 under Marrero’s glove on backhand side/Soft Lineout to 2B/easy 6-3 GO.  Rayburn was consistently 92-93 and topped out once at 94.  He either didn’t throw anything offspeed or I missed it.


(I only tracked players who would be considered some form of a prospect.  Chase Harris did lead off the bottom of the 1st with a double and scored what turned out to be the Claws only run.  I didn’t get to see Grullon who had the day off though Jose Mayorga did get 2 hits.  Tromp went 0-3 with a HBP and no hard hit balls.  Emmanuel Marrero went 1-3 with a single)

HERLIS RODRIGUEZ:  2-3 (but a very strange 2 for 3).  He reached in the first when he laid a nice bunt down the 3rd baseline to move over Harris.  The pitcher bobbled it and didn’t make a throw.  It could easily have been an error or a Sac FC but it was scored a single. After a 5 pitch walk, he reached on  another lucky bunt single (literally blooped just over the 1st basemen’s head and landed behind him in the infield).  Ironically, his only well-hit ball was a hard lineout to RF in his final AB.

SCOTT KINGERY: RBI 6-4 weak groundout/Hard ground single between SS and 3B/Swinging K at a ball in the dirt/Hard 5-3 Groundout  He also stole a base without a throw as the pitch was way outside.

KYLE MARTIN:  Foul Popout to 3B (after fouling off 4 pitches)/Hard lineout to deep LC (moved a runner to 3rd)/Hard lineout to CF/Topped a slow 4-3 roller

DAMEK TOMSCHA:  5-3 Chopper/5-4-3 DP/Line Single up the Middle/High Flyout to Medium RF

CORD SANDBERG: 3-1 groundout(rolled over an outside pitch)/5 pitch walk/swinging K/Topped a 4-3 grounder

Leaving my hotel now to attend the R-Phils game tonight.

Leaving my hotel in Reading now to attend the Fightin Phils game tonight.


Open Discussion–Trade Deadline Edition

With the deadline in 72 hours and almost 250 comments already in this weeks Open Discussion post, this is somewhere to start fresh in discussing the latest news.

The latest news is that Cole Hamels start has been moved from Thursday to Friday (Post Deadline), a “no brainer” move that assures his value is at its peak and there is no threat of injury.  The Rangers, Cubs, Astros, Giants, Yankees and Red Sox continue to be mentioned as potential trade partners.

Strong rumors have Jonathan Papelbon moving to the Nationals.  As of 430 this afternoon, Papelbon has yet to appear in the Phillies clubhouse, which could be for a variety of reasons with the most likely being a trade is imminent.

Organizational Leaders, Hitting

Runs: Rhys Hoskins (59); Carlos Tocci (57); Malquin Canelo (56); Chase D’Arnaud (54); Aaron Altherr (51); Andy Knapp (50); JP Crawford (48);  Roman Quinn (44); Herlis Rodriguez (43); Damek Tomscha (43)

Hits: Carlos Tocci (116);  Rhys Hoskins (112); Malquin Canelo (107); Brock Stassi (103); Aaron Altherr (103); Andrew Pullin (100); Brian Bogusevic (94); Willians Astudillo (92); Cord Sandberg (91); CHase D’Arnaud (89);

2B: Rhys Hoskins (25); Aaron Altherr (25); Malquin Canelo (25); Andy Knapp (23); Cameron Perkins (21); Brock Stassi (21); Damek Tomscha (21); Carlos Tocci (20); Russ Canzler (20);Jordan Danks (20)

HR:Rhys Hoskins (13);  Aaron Altherr (12); Andrew Pullin (10);Cameron Perkins (9); Brian Pointer (9); Brock Stassi (9); Herlis Roriguez (8); Russ Canzler (7); Art Charles (7); Aaron Brown (7)

RBI: Rhys Hoskins (66); Brock Stassi (65); Andrew Pullin (60); Aaron Altherr (53); Andy Knapp (50); Herlis Rodriguez (47); Willians Astudillo (42); Cameron Perkins (41); Tyler Henson (40); Art Charles (39)

SB: Roman Quinn (29); Tyler Henson (22); Carlos Tocci (17); Chase Harris (17); Chase D’Arnaud (17); Brian Bogusevic (16); Aaron Altherr (14); Grenny Cumana (14); Malquin Canelo (13); Dylan Cozens (12); Herlis Rodriguez (12); Zach Coppola (12)

AVG: (Min 200 AB’s); Carlos Tocci (.316); Willians Astudillo (.311); Rhys Hoskins (.309); Roman Quinn (.306); JP Crawford (.305); Angelo Mora (.301); Aaron Altherr (.297); Brian Bogusevic (.296); Herlis Rodriguez (.296); Andy Knapp (.279)

Lehigh Valley Report

The ‘Pigs have won 2 of three on this 7 game home and continue at home with one more against Toledo tonight, followed by a weekend series at home against Syracuse.  Since their low water mark of 22-42 in mid June, the ‘Pigs have gone 22-12 including wins in 15 of their last 22 games.  With six weeks left in the season, Lehigh Valley sits at 44-54, in 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 8 games behind division leading Rochester.  Next week starts on the road for two in Scranton.

News and Notes: Fan Favorite Erik Kratz returned to Lehigh Valley with a 3-4, 2RS, 2 double effort in his first game back in an IronPig uniform.

–Over his last two starts, Pitcher Anthony Vasquez has allowed just one earned run on 9 hits, spanning 14 innings.

–RP Adam Loewen has been perfect over his last six outings, retiring all 18 batters he has faced. Since returning from AA just over a month ago, Loewen has help the opposition scoreless in 17 of 18 outings, earned 8 saves, and struck out an astounding 35 in 21.1 innings of work.   Continue reading Lehigh Valley Report

Around the System–Relief Pitching–LK, WP and GCL


Joey DeNato, 23, Phils 19th round pick in 2014; 30 games; 2-2 with a 1.59ERA; 5SV; 45.1IP 29H 11BB 44K; 1HR allowed; .188 opp avg; 0.88 WHIP; 0.63 GO/AO; 2.2BB/8.7K per 9; .234 vs LH, .168 vs RH, .167 opp avg last 30 days; .250 with RISP.  A pitching line that has everything you would want.  DeNato has been consistently dominating.

Jason Zgardowski, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 21 games between Williamsport and Lakewood; 2-1 with a 3.53ERA; 2SV; 35.2IP 24H 16BB 32K; 2HR allowed; 4.0BB/8.1K per 9; .192 opp avg; 1.12 WHIP; 1.19 GO/AO; For Lakewood: 15G; 3.90ERA; .194 opp avg; 1.12 WHIP; .213 vs LH; .176 vs RH.  After being picked up as an un-drafted free agent, Zgardowski clearly has talent, throws hard and has been gaining command of his pitches.

Scott Harris, 22, Phils 27th round pick in 2014; 19 games, 1-2 with a 4.46ERA; 34.1IP 33H 13BB 24K; 3HR allowed; .246 opp avg; 1.34 WHIP; 1.08 GO/AO; 3.4BB/6.3K per 9; .200 vs LH; .263 vs RH, .237 opp avg last 30 days; .350 with RISP.  Harris has been generally productive but gets beat up with runners in scoring position.

Matt Hockenberry, 23, Phils 9th round pick in 2014; 24 games, 4-3 with a 2.34ERA; 8SV; 34.2IP 21H 13BB 36K; 0HR allowed; .178 opp avg; 0.98 WHIP; 1.83 GO/AO; 3.3BB/9.3K per 9; .196 vs LH, .161 vs RH, .190 opp avg last 30 days; .250 with RISP.  Hockenberry has been outstanding minus a few outings just before he went on the DL.  The comments would echo those for DeNato…Hockenberry has done everything you would want him to do, including failing to yield a homer in his 24 outings.

Manny Martinez, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 18 games, 2-1 with a 3.57ERA; 1SV; 22.2IP 19H 14BB 18K; 2HR allowed; .235 opp avg; 1.46 WHIP; 0.92 GO/AO; 5.6BB/7.1K per 9; .208 vs LH, .246 vs RH, .324 opp avg last 30 days.  The walks have really hurt Martinez who has struggled over the last month.

Jairo Munoz, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 5 games between GCL, CW and Lakewood; 0.00 ERA: 6IP 2H 0R 2BB 6K.  Too few games for comment.

Calvin Rayburn, 23, Phils 16th round pick in 2014; 18 games, 2-1 with a 2.51ERA; 1SV; 28.2IP 14H 12BB 17K; 0HR allowed; .152 opp avg; 0.91 WHIP; 1.56 GO/AO; 3.8BB/5.3K per 9; .150 vs LH; .154 vs RH, .106 opp avg last 30 days; Practically unhittable, the large majority of Rayburn’s baserunners have come from the free pass.  That said, he has pitched very, very well after spending some time on the DL.

Note: For Williamsport and GCL Phils, infrequent comments simply because their season is so young.


Sutter McLoughlin, 21, Phils 22nd round pick in 2015; 7 games with GCL Phils, 2-0 with an 0.00ERA; 4SV; 9.1IP 2H 0ER 12K; McLoughlin was promoted to Williamsport based on his start with GCL Phils

Jacob Waguespack, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 4 games with GCL Phils, 0-0 with a 7.94ERA; 5.2IP 9H 1BB 7K. Continue reading Around the System–Relief Pitching–LK, WP and GCL

Around the System–Relief Pitching, LV, REA and CW

Lehigh Valley

Juan Gutierrez, 32, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 13G, 3-1 with a 2.04ERA; 2SV; 17.2IP 24H 6BB 15K; .316 opp avg; 1.70 WHIP; 0.73 GO/AO; 3.1BB/7.3K per 9; .379 vs LH, .255 vs RH; His line indicates that he has been extremely lucky that his ERA isn’t above 5.

Dalier Hinojosa, 29, Picked up off of waivers in 2015; Has not yet pitched in the Phils organization; For Pawtucket: 19G; 3-1 with a 3.21ERA; .248 opp avg; 1.33WHIP; 3.6BB/8.4K per 9.  Interesting pickup who has some major league time for the Red Sox.

Cesar Jiminez, 30, Re-signed as a free agent in 2015; 33G, 2-3 with a 3.14ERA; 4SV;48.2IP 48H 15BB 34K; .258 opp avg; 1.29 WHIP; 1.12 GO/AO; 2.9BB/6.3K per 9; .235 vs LH, .271 vs RH, .242 over last 30 days.  Jiminez has dominated AAA the last two year and has been far less dominating this year.  He has been steady, but less than outstanding.

Tyler Knigge, 26, Phils 12th round pick in 2010; 27G, 0-0 with a 4.87ERA between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 40.2IIP 48H 15BB 30K; .312 opp avg; 1.55 WHIP; 1.02 GO/AO; 3.3BB/6.6K per 9; 19G for Lehigh Valley; 5.14ERA; .343 opp avg; 1.75 WHIP.  A disappointing year for Knigge who has not been able to get hitters out at the AAA level.

Adam Loewen, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 32G between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 2-3 with a 2.44ERA; 6SV; 48IP 37H 30BB 57K; .219 opp avg; 1.40 WHIP; 0.95 GO/AO; 5.4BB/10.7K per 9; Since June 1: 18G 0-1 with a 2.05ERA; 26.1IP 8BB 38K; Loewen’s command was brutal at the beginning of the year in Lehigh Valley.  He was sent to Reading and found it and has been overpowering since.  I would like to see how he would handle the majors as a situational lefty.

Dustin McGowan, 33, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 13G (1 start); 2-1 with a 5.19ERA; 5/6SV; 17.1IP 19H 7BB 10K; .275 opp avg; 1.50 WHIP; 0.83 GO/AO; 3.6BB/5.2K per 9; .344 vs LH; .216 vs RH. McGowan was awful for the Phils this year and mediocre at best in the minors.

Nefi Ogando, 26, Acquired from Boston in 2013; 30G, 3-3 with a 2.28ERA; 3/8SV; 43.1IP 29H 23BB 42K; .190 opp avg; 1.20 WHIP; 0.98 GO/AO; 4.8BB/8.8K per 9; 6G and 8.2 scoreless innings thus far for Lehigh Valley.  Ogando has taken a step forward this year, and with him on the 40 man roster, I would be surprised if he didn’t see a cup of coffee in Philly come September.

Seth Rosin, 26, Returned via Rule 5 draft in 2014,32G, 3-1 with a 4.02ERA: 3SV; 47IP 57H 15BB 30K; .292 opp avg; 1.51 WHIP; 1.18 GO/AO; 2.9BB/5.8K per 9; .341 vs LH, .252 vs RH, .400 opp avg last month; Rosin continues mired in mediocrity.


Ethan Martin, 26, Acquired from Dodgers in 2012; 10G; 1-0 with a 5.71ERA; 17.1IP 21H 7BB 6K; .304 opp avg; 1.62 WHIP; 0.79 GO/AO; 3.6BB/3.1K per 9; .222 vs LHP; .350 vs RHP.  Martin’s fall continues as he has gone from top prospect to afterthought after injuries and ineffectiveness have relegated him the AA mop up man.  His strikeout rate is the lowest in the organization and he is now eminently hittable.

Tom Windle, 23, Acquired from Dodgers in 2015; 19G (14 starts); 3-5 with a 5.03ERA: 78.2IP 83H 43BB 50K; .286 opp avg; 1.60 WHIP; 1.26 GO/AO; 4.9BB/5.7K per 9; .239 vs LH, .308 vs RH, Opp avg: .174 in July. 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 5 relief appearances.  Many projected Windle as a reliever in the big leagues and that occurred sooner than we thought because of significant problems in the Reading rotation this year. A lack of command combined with the fact that he was getting hit landed him in the ‘pen, where he has had some early success. Continue reading Around the System–Relief Pitching, LV, REA and CW

Around the System, Starting Pitching–Lakewood, WP and GCL


Ranfi Casimiro, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 15 starts, 5-5 with a 3.52ERA; 87IP 86H 20BB 53K; .256 opp avg; 1.22 WHIP; 0.84 GO/AO; 2.1BB/5.5K per 9; .264 vs LH; .250 vs RH, .275 last 30 days; .208 with RISP.  Casimiro has pitched well this year and with 40 starts at the Low A level is ready to be moved to Clearwater.

Einiery Garcia, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 14 starts, 6-7 with a 3.29ERA; 82IP 89H 24BB 45K; .283 opp avg; 1.38 WHIP; 1.34 GO/AO; 2.6BB/4.9K per 9; .235 vs LH, .301 vs RH, .297 opp avg last 30 days; .256 with RISP.  Garcia’s season has to be considered a successful one thus far with consistent positive results.  I would expect his innings to be monitored pretty closely in the short term as his workload is substantially beyond anything he has done in years passed.

Austin Davis, 22, Phils 12th round pick in 2014; 25 games, 3 starts; 2-2 with a 2.41ERA; 52.1IP 36H 29BB 41K; .194 opp avg; 1.24 WHIP; 0.90 GO/AO; 5.0BB/7.1K per 9; .207 vs LHP; .188 vs RHP; .190 last 30 days; 2-0 with a 1.93ERA in 3 starts.  Davis just joined the rotation and has pitched very well.  His control issues from earlier in the season seem to be resolving.

Shane Watson, 21, Phils Compensation round pick in 2012; 4 starts between GCL and Lakewood; 0-1 with a 5.40ERA; .383 opp avg; 2.49 WHIP; 8.5BB/10,8K per 9.  Watson has had minimal work since coming off both the suspended list and the injured list.  He has been extremely unimpressive.

Tyler Viza, 20, Phils 32nd round pick in 2013; 15 starts, 4-5 with a 4.23ERA; 87.1IP 85H 26BB 62K; 9HR allowed; 2.7BB/6.4K per 9; .254 opp avg; 1.27 WHIP; 1.23 GO/AO; .273 vs LHP; .239 vs RHP; .320 opp avg last month; .313 with RISP.  Overall decent progress from Viza who has struggled a bit recently.


Mitch Guellar, 21, Phils Comp A round pick in 2012; 4 starts, 3-1 with a 3.27ERA; 22IP 17H 6BB 13K; .215 opp avg; 1.05 WHIP; 0.86 GO/AO; 2.5BB/5.3K per 9; .152 vs. LHP; .261 vs RHP.  Guellar has pitched well early on, as he should at this stage.  The goal should be for him to get a few Lakewood starts in before the end of the season.

Denton Keys, 20, Phils 11th round pick of 2013; 4 starts, 0-1 with a 5.00ERA; 18IP 18H 6BB 13K; .257 opp avg; 1.33 WHIP; 1.93 GO/AO; 3.0BB/6.5K per 9; .241 vs LH; .268 vs. RH.  Not atrocious, but not great

Jose Taveras, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 4 starts, 2-1 with a 1.42ERA; 19IP 11H 8BB 18K; .177 opp avg; 1.00 WHIP; 1.00 GO/AO; 3.8BB/8.5Kper 9; .222 vs LHP; .159 vs LHP; Taveras has been outstanding in the early going.

Alejandro Arteaga, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 5 starts, 3-0 with a 1.24ERA; 29IP 17H 9BB 25K; .168 opp avg; 0.90 WHIP; 2.8BB/7.8K per 9; .200 vs LH; .143 vs RH. Having already made 11 starts above this level, Arteaga was expected to produce well and he has back in Williamsport.  I would expect him to be the first starter to move to Lakewood when its time.

Franklyn Kilome, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 3 starts, 2-0 with an 0.54ERA; 16.2IP 8H 6BB 14K; .140 opp avg; 0.84 GO/AO.  Simply dominant however missed his last two starts injured.  Expected to make his next start.


Sam McWilliams, 19, Phils 8th round pick in 2014; 3 starts, 0-0 with a 0.56ERA; 16IP 8H 1BB 8K; 0.6BB/4.5K per 9; .148 opp avg; 0.56 WHIP; .200 vs LH, .103 vs RH.  Only 3 starts but has been very good bolstered by a great walk rate.

Felix Paulino, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 4 starts; 2-1 with a 2.25ERA; 20IP 15H 4BB 20K; .211 opp avg; 0.95WHIP; 1.8BB/9.0K per 9; .217 vs LH, .208 vs RH.  Excellent thus far.

Adonis Medina, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2013, 4 games (3 starts); 15IP 10H 5BB 14K; .204 opp avg; 1.00 WHIP; 2.7BB; 8.4K per 9.

Ranger Suarez, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 5 games (3 starts); 21.2IP 13H 3BB 15K; .173 opp avg; 0.74WHIP; 1.2BB/6.2K per 9; .200 vs LH; .167 vs RH; Doing everything you would want a young pitcher to do.


Aaron Nola promoted to Philadelphia

The Phillies have called up 2014 1st round pick Aaron Nola and he is expected to make his major league debut next Tuesday against Tampa at Citizens Bank Park.  Nola’s quick rise through the system has been well documented with him going 10-4 with a 2.39 ERAin 18 combined starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year.  His outing last night for Lehigh Valley was perhaps his worst outing of the year (3IP 7H 5ER 2BB 3K), however it should be nothing more than a blip on the radar screen.  Over the last year, Nola has proven that he has big league stuff and big league stuff that is ready now.  With the horrendous condition of the Phils pitching staff and the manner in which Nola’s production has come (great stuff and great pitching IQ), it is time.