Arizona Fall League Final Stats

Pitchers: Michael Cisco, Age 22, 6 games (all starts); 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA.  18.2 IP, 14 H 8BB 13K, .203 opp. avg., .240 with RISP, 1.17 WHIP.  In a hitter friendly league, the Phils got what they were hoping for out of Cisco who continued to impress.  His control needs some work but he is solidifying himself into realistic prospect status in the organization.

Edgar Garcia, Age 22, 10 games (1 start), 2-2 with a 5.29 ERA. 17IP 23H 4BB 10K, .324 opp. avg., 1.58 WHIP, .267 with RISP. Garcia, who missed most of the Minor League season was less then sharp in the Fall League and was extremely hittable.  Presumably, the hitters were way ahead of him, having played a full season, but with that being said, his performace disappointed.

Scott Mathieson, Age 25, 11 games, 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA. 12.2 IP, 10H 8BB 15K, .227 opp. avg., 1.42 WHIP., .222 with RISP. Mathieson continues progressing nicely from his second Tommy John surgery and appears on course to make a significant push for a job in the Phillies bullpen in 2010.  His walk numbers are too high but his other peripherals appear just where they should be.

Michael Schwimer, Age 23, 10 games, 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA. 12.2 IP, 12H , 8BB 8K, .250 opp. avg., 1.58 WHIP. .222 with RISP.  Schwimer pitched well for the majority of his action in the Fall League with a couple of very rough outings inflating his numbers.  The three homers allowed in roughly 12 innings of work is too much, but with that being said, this is an extremely small sample size.  He bears down with runners on base and has done nothing to suggest that he will not be a force in the back of the Reading ‘pen in 2010.

Hitters:Tuffy Gosewisch, Age 26, .318/.333/.364 in 44 AB’s. 0HR and 5 RBI.  Gosewisch played well defensively and showed a bit of offense during the AFL, but was hardly given a chance to stand out with GIants prospect Buster Posey playing ahead of him for Scottsdale.  Gosewisch, who has a very small frame, continues to be a longshot to see major league time with any degree of regularity.

Troy Hanzawa, Age 25, Hanzawa saw extremely limited action as he was a “taxi player” on the Fall Leage squad, allowing him to play only certain days of the week.  During that time he hit just .086 in 25 AB’s, with 3 RBI’s and 2 SB’s.  Nothing much to report on Hanzawa who looks to be an organizational filler for the next several years.

Steve Susdorf, Age 23, .200/.313/.364 in 55 AB’s. 2HR and 6 RBI. 20% K rate, .111 with RISP. After playing in three levels in 2009, Susdorf struggled in the Fall League.  Still, with the numbers he out up in 2009, a player worth watching in Reading in 2010.

Domonic Brown, Age 22, .229/.290/.390 in 118 AB’s. 2 HR and 18 RBI’s. 23% k rate. .202 vs. RHP; .243 with RISP. Debatebly the top prospect in the organization, he made the AFL All Star team probably based on pedigree rather than performance in what was a difficult Fall League season for Brown.  His production came very early, with his numbers dropping drastically towards the end of the schedule, a time during which he committed 5 errors as well.  I wouldn’t be shocked to see Brown back in Reading for another 100-150 AB’s before a performance warranted promotion to Lehigh Valley in 2010.


15 thoughts on “Arizona Fall League Final Stats

  1. This is why Brown can’t be rushed to the majors and needs 2 full years in the high minors. People seem to want to rush him. When Ibanez’ contract is up, then Brown takes over. 2012.

  2. One thing that is underestimated is the grind of the full season. Although Brown missed time due to injury, my guess is he ran out of gas towards the end of the AFL. I know that is something that some guys experience when playing in the AFL for the 1st time.

  3. Yeah, I see no reason to rush Brown either. Let’s see him dominate at the AA level, much like Taylor did, before he’s moved to AAA. He had some moments in AA last year, but as a whole looked slightly overmatched.

    I think he should play until at least the All Star break, barring any huge start.

  4. The best news for Phils’ fans is the performance of Mathieson.

    With more innings in during this AFL, he is continuing along his comeback trail. We know he is coming back after two arm surgeries. Seems like a gutsy, determined guy who, armed with a mid-90s fb and effective slider, could contribute at the MLB level…

    …and provide one of the needed arms in the pen. He could qualify in/after spring training, and even after several weeks at LV if he needs more innings.

    From this mini-test in the AFL, it seems that his control is not quite there yet.

    It seems we’ll need two-three new arms for the big club’s pen. Mathieson, recovery intact, is likely to be one of them.

    Good reward for persistence and determination.

    Go “Matty”!

  5. Pitching wise, if people want to see the High and average Fastball Velocities of Pitchers in the League, Baseball America has a feature on it. From memory, Strasburg was the high man with a 100 mph pitch. Mathieson did well, up near the top with a high of 97 and average around 95. Garcia was around a 92, with Schwimer close behind around there too. Didn’t see any other Phillies pitchers.

  6. I wouldn’t be too concerned about Mathieson’s walk rate. He had a pretty good BB/9 before his TJ surgeries and control is the last thing to come back. The fact that he’s hitting 97 again is huge as it means his elbow is fully healthy. He was a fairly highly regarded prospect before the injuries so it will be good to see him back. I expect him to force the issue in ST and get a spot in the bullpen. His career minor-league BB/9 is 2.9 and that includes his post surgery years where its been a bit higher. Its not great but its far from a concern.

  7. I’m having trouble finding stuff on Taylor (I don’t read Spanish very well…just enough to figure things out).

    However, it looks like he hasn’t played since the 11th but he has posted the following line:

    .308 AVG, 19 G, 65 AB, 5 R, 20 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 17 SO, .361 OBP, .415 SLG, .776 OPS

    I don’t know why he hasn’t played in two weeks. There’s no indications I can easily find to whether he’s injured or not and I simply don’t recall.

    Mayberry is also on the same team and he has the following line:

    .301 AVG, 35 G, 133 AB, 23 R, 40 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 23 SO, .380 OBP, .489 SLG, .869 OPS

  8. To me the most encouraging numbers, perhaps because I didn’t expect as much from them, were put up by Cisco, Mayberry, and Gosewich.

  9. I just read an article(Pay article) on BA. He has a sore elbow and came back to Philly for examination. Mainly the article was about his time in Stanford.

  10. With the improved emphasis on year-round training now and the commitment that players make in the offseason, I don’t understand the necessity of the Arizona Fall League. Just seems like it doesn’t do much to aid develop and you risk players getting injured.

  11. It certainly aids development. Getting live playing time is crucial for prospects, and often for one reason or another they are unable to gain that playing time during the season.

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