Daily Archives: July 7, 2010

Phils Pitching Coordinator Comments

As always, insightful comments found on the BlueClaws Blog (http://blog.blueclaws.com/), this time from Phillies Minor League Pitching Coordinator Gorman Heimueller.

On Trevor May: “Very simply, we would like to see consistency in the strike zone.  His stuff is still really good.  He fights himself on his delivery sometimes and he thinks about walking a guy rather than just throwing it in the zone. We are hoping a fresh start will get him going again. We don’t want him to rely on the hitters chasing, but we recognize that when he is getting strikeouts on balls up in the zone. Ultimately the confidence thing is big.”

Matt Way: “The last month was great.  He knows how to pitch and what I want to see is how he adjusts to the more patient hitters. He gets a lot of guys out on change-ups in the dirt, which I can relate to since I did the same thing, but its time for a new challenge for Matt.”

Brody Colvin:”…Obviously the confidence is growing.  He can throw his change up at any time and he is really understanding more about situations, recognizing tendencies, and he is becoming a pitcher.”

Jonathan Pettibone:”For us, he has started to show that there is more velocity then he has shown in the past.  He uses his lower half more.  Getting stronger overall is one thing, but he uses his legs and when you stride out further, you can get your body to rotate more and your arm follows. A lot of young pitchers tend to overthrow, but we want them to use their legs.”

Schwimer, Garcia, De Fratus Promoted

Three transactions of note were just announced by the Reading Phillies.  First, friend of Phuture Phillies, Michael Schwimer was promoted to Lehigh Valley. Schwimer, 24, was 5-3 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 32 games with Reading.  He threw 40 innings, allowing 34 hits, walked 14 and struck out 58.  As the RPhils closer, Schwimer had 11 saves.  Opponents were hitting just .225 against him, .184 with RISP. Schwimer and Scott Mathieson give Lehigh Valley a formidable late inning one, two punch.  Starting pitcher Nate Bump, who is among the IL leaders in several categories was placed on the DL with Lyme Disease, making room on the roster for Schwimer.  It is expected that Bump’s spot in the rotation will be taken by JA Happ.

23 year old Harold Garcia, on the heels of his Florida State League record 37 game hitting streak was promoted from Clearwater to Reading and should take over the regular second base job in Reading.  Fidel Hernandez was sent back to Clearwater to make room on the Reading roster. Garcia, who missed a portion of the beginning of the year injured was hitting .335/.397/.492 in 179 AB’s for CLearwater.  He had 3HR and 32 RBI’s in his 46 games, while stealing 17 bases.  Garcia carries an outstanding .396 avg. with RISP into Reading. Additionally, he has been very solid in the field.

Taking over for Schwimer in Reading as their closer will be 22 year old Justin De Fratus, called up from Clearwater.  De Fratus is 6’4 RHP is 2-0 with a 1.79 ERA and 15 saves in 29 games.  He has thrown 40.1 innings, allowing 31 hits, 11 walks and has struck out 43.  Opponents are hitting just .215 against him, .150 with RISP.