Daily Archives: June 16, 2010

The emergence of Brody Colvin

My time is short during the week, but I really had to point out Brody Colvin’s breakout. Back in April I said not to really worry about early struggles. The jump to full season ball for high school pitchers can be tough. Learning to throw every 5 days, dealing with the common arm soreness from a pro routine, bigger crowds and ball parks, tough lineups, its a learning process. Colvin’s splits, by month

April: 15.1 IP – 11.15 ERA – 23 H – 9 BB – 9 K – 0.85 GO/AO
May: 33.2 IP – 3.21 ERA – 28 H – 10 BB – 31 K – 0.94 GO/AO
June: 20.1 IP – 1.77 ERA – 16 H – 5 BB – 21 K – 2.08 GO/AO

Last 10 appearances: 59 IP – 3.05 ERA – 49 H – 19 BB – 55 K – 1.35 GO/AO

And that includes a horrendous 1.2 IP – 5 ER game on May 12th. Since that appearance he has 6 starts

39.1 IP – 1.61 ERA – 28 H – 9 BB – 39 K – 0 HR

And the scouting report matches. His fastball has been 93-94 and he’s hit 96 on occasion with improving command. I think if Jarred Cosart is 1-A in terms of pitching prospects, Colvin is 1-B. It will be interesting to see if Cosart is promoted in the next few weeks. I’d personally like to see both guys stay at Lakewood all season, and then move up the ladder at the same time. I think you’ll see a friendly rivalry develop there, and that could be beneficial for both of them.

Around the System–Relief Pitchers

A second look at Relief Pitchers. See below for stats and comments.

Lehigh Valley

Scott Mathieson, 26, 25 games, 2-2 with a 2.43 ERA, 12 saves, 29.2IP 20H 12BB 34K, 3 hr allowed, 0.68 GO/AO; 1.08 WHIP; .194 opp. avg., .222 vs. LH, .172 vs. RH, .273 with RISP. Slight bumps lately for Mathieson but he remains right at the top of the radar screen for a Phils call up.

Mike Zagurski, 27, 27 games, 0-2 with a 2.48 ERA, 29 IP 22H 13BB 43K , 1 hr allowed, 1.21 WHIP, 1.33 GO/AO, .206 opp. avg., .229 vs. LH, .186 vs. RH, .205 with RISP. Has not given up an earned run since April 30.  Zagurski has been outstanding of late as the lefty stopper in the ‘Pigs bullpen.  Good command and has been striking out hitters at a very impressive rate. Continue reading Around the System–Relief Pitchers

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Lehigh Valley is now 25-40, and in last place of the Northern Division of the International League, 13 games behind division leading Syracuse.  ‘Pigs leaders thru 6/15 include: Hitting: Cody Ransom, 8th in AB’s (243), 7th in runs (40), 3rd in HR’s (15), 6th in RBI’s (46), 3rd in strikeouts (77); Andy Tracy is 2nd in Walks (43) and 3rd in OBP (.405); Rich Thompson is tied for 6th in SB’s (14). Pitching: Andrew Carpenter is tied for 5th in Wins (6); Nate Bump is tied for 5th in Wins (6), 6th in ERA (2.73), tied for 3rd in starts (13) and 4th in IP (79); Brian Mazone is tied for 3rd in starts (13) and 7th in IP (75); Scott Mathieson is 5th in saves (12); Joe Savery is tied for 7th in HR allowed (10) and 6th in walks (32). Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report