A tale of three pitchers

Tuesday night proved to be an interesting night for the Phillies stable of pitching prospects, as three of the most interesting guys in the system all took the mound, and two of the three were pitching against highly rated pitching prospects for their respective teams. The night also proved to be a continuation of early trends for all three pitchers.

Kyle Drabek pitched 6 solid innings, allowing 2 ER in the 6th, one on a HR, one on a 2B, scattering 5 hits, walking no one, and striking out 3. All signs (most anyway) are positive thus far for Drabek. He’s thrown 18 innings, allowed 7 ER (3.50 ERA) on 17 hits and 3 walks, coupled with 19 strikeouts. Averaging a tick over 1 K per inning is perfect, and his control has been outstanding so far. No one really questioned his stuff, just his composure and maturity, but so far, both appear to be just fine. The only real “negative” at this point is that Drabek has allowed 3 HR in 18 innings, in a very pitcher friendly park, so you’d like to see that number stay at three for a while.

In Clearwater, Phillies #1 prospect, and one of the 12-15 best pitching prospects in baseball, Carlos Carrasco, took the hill against Twins fireballer Oswaldo Sosa, one of the best pitching prospects in the Twins organization. Carrasco, as he’s done frequently this season, didn’t seem to have his best stuff. Last night, Carlos labored through 4 innings, allowing 4 ER on 5 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3 and he also hit 2 batters. For the season, Carrasco’s line doesn’t look pretty; 20 IP, 12 ER (5.40 ERA), 21 H, 7 BB, 4 HBP, and 14 K. This is clearly a small sample size, but there are reasons for concern. His control does not appear sharp, that’s evident in the 4 HBP and the 7 walks. The most alarming thing is the hittability. Last season, he averaged about 5.8 hits per 9 IP, and allowed 6 HR in 160 innings. This season, he’s giving up more than a hit per inning and has already allowed 3 HR. It may be mechanical, it may be confidence, or it may just be trying to adjust to a new team in a new environment.

Finally, the night belonged to Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick, who has toiled a bit in the lower levels of the Phillies system for the last 4 seasons, appeared to have taken a step forward last season at Clearwater, and he is now putting the pieces together in Reading. He pitched 8 innings of 1 run ball last night, and everyone seems to be very impressed with his stuff and how he’s handling himself. In 26 innings so far this season, Kendrick has allowed 9 ER (3.12 ERA) on 23 hits and 5 walks, striking out 14. On the surface, he looks fine, but I am concerned about the low K rate. Again, it’s a small sample, so we’ll check back after 60 innings or so and see how his numbers look, but generally, guys that pitch to contact are tough to predict/project going forward. So far, it seems to be working for him at Reading.

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  1. Ed Wade and Ruben Amaro Jr were in attendance Tuesday so Kendrick picked a good time to be impressive. Kendrick gave up his one run just one out into the first inning but settled down nicely.

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