Hot or Not 13 May 2011

Another week, another look:

Starting Pitching: Hot: David Buchanan (2W, 16IP 7H 1ER 3BB 11K)Julio Rodriguez (w, 7IP 3H 0ER 1BB 6K); Brian Gordon (6.2IP 3H 0ER 0BB 5K); Ryan Feireabend(5.1IP 3H 0ER 3BB 5K);  Trevor May (11IP 6H 2ER 4BB 17K). Honorable Mention: Jon Pettibone

Relief Pitchers: Hot: Jason Grilli (4.2IP 1H 0ER 1BB 7K); Joe Esposito (2W, 4.1IP 4H 0ER 1BB 4K)Colby Shreve (4IP 0H 0ER 1BB 2K)Justin Friend (3.1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 3K 3SVJacob Diekman (3.1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 2K); Ebelin Lugo (3IP 1H 0ER 0BB 6K)Tyler Knigge (W, 3IP 0H 0ER 1BB 0K) Eric Pettis (3IP 3H 0ER 0BB 3K)Mike Cisco (3IP 3H 0ER 1BB 2K); Michael Schwimer (2.1IP 0H 0ER 2BB 3K) Honorable mention: Juan Perez

Not Hot Pitchers: Brian Bass (2IP 9H 8ER 3BB 2K) Mario Hollands (8.1IP 17H 11ER 3BB 8K) Ervis Manzanillo (3.1IP 4H 5ER 4BB 3K)Chase Johnson (3.1IP 7H 5ER 2BB 4K); Chance Chapman (4.2IP 9H 6ER 1BB 2K); JC Ramirez (3IP 7H 4ER 1BB 3K); Jarred Cosart (4.2IP 6H 5ER 3BB 1K); Nate Bump (11IP 21H 9ER 1BB 3K); Jordan Ellis (4.1IP 7H 4ER 1BB 6K)

Hot Hitters: (Min 10 AB’s): Fidel Hernandez (.600, 6-10); Sebastian Valle (.529, 4R 2HR 5RBI); Jeremy Barnes (.450, 4 RBI); Miguel Alvarez (.417); Matt Rizzotti (.393, 4R 2HR 7RBI); Leando Castro (.375, 5R); James Murphy (.360, 5R 3HR 6RBI); Carlos RIvero (.357, 9R 4RBI); Domonic Brown, (.353, 5R 2HR 6 RBI); Edgar Duran (.350, 4 RBI). Honorable Mention: Zach Collier, Matt Miller, Tuffy Gosewisch, ANthony Hewitt.

Not Hot Hitters: Jiwan James (.100); Brian Bocock (.100); Joe Savery (.105); Cory Sullivan (.154); Carlos Perdomo (.167)

26 thoughts on “Hot or Not 13 May 2011

    1. He and Miguel Nunez are my two sleeper picks. He was throwing upper 90s before he got hurt. The comments I read at the time of the draft said that he is a reliever prospect, which is probably still true.

      I was pretty surprised by this comment: “A few months ago he presented Nesseth with two regulation major league baseballs – yes, they’re slightly different than the ones the lower minors get – and told him to keep one in his hand at all times.” WHY?? When do they switch? A- to A+? A+ to AA? Anyone know anything about this??

      1. I think its just a matter of the model number of the ball. When I was playing sandlot ball those were the balls we regularly used because they cost less. The unofficial balls are the same size/weight but seem to have more of a sheen on them and the seams are a bit tighter.

        I’ve pitched with both and didn’t really notice much of a difference once the balls had been “rubbed” down to get the shine off.

        I don’t know at what level they switch over to official “major league” baseballs.

  1. Trevor May is the most intriguing to me. He has always been big on Ks and it’s good to see he’s keeping the BBs down lately. He’s really coming on in his recent starts.

  2. May (and I’m not talking about the month) just needs to be more consistant. If he can do that, the sky’s the limit. Shreve is a concern to me. His last few outings are all relief appearances. They may be giving him short stints so he can build up to longer outings but if he tops out in ‘A’ ball as a reliever, then he’s no longer in my top 30. I was very high on him and now… not so much. I’m much higher on Lugo as a reliever than Shreve. I hope relief appearances are just to boost his confidence.

  3. Collier, now with 9 hits in 5 games, and Valle are on fire while Buchanan looks too good for LWood. Trevor May needs to continue to do well as does Biddle. I’m still looking for Cosart to step it up though.

  4. Valle and May both mentioned on BAs Hot Sheet in the Team Photo

    . Sebastian Valle might want to tinker with his approach—he’s walked just once in 25 games for high Class A Clearwater—but the Phillies catcher has been walloping the ball nonetheless. Valle, 20, went 9-for-17 with two homers and three doubles this week, raising his season averages to .326/.340/.516

    After a poor start to his second attempt at high Class A, Phillies RHP Trevor May seems to be headed in the right direction. In two starts this week, May allowed a combined two runs in 11 innings while striking out 17. The pair of starts were by far his best back-to-back starts of his high Class A career. May now has 43 strikeouts in 37 innings this year, against 18 walks.

  5. I am encouraged by Hewitt as well… he had a 11 or 12 game hit streak, then they moved him up in the order from 8th to 5th… so they either arwe trying to boost his confidence or feel he actually is starting to get it a bit… he has drawn a few walks, SO are still a concern, but both moving in better directions. He did go cold after the move to the 5th spot, but again putting too much pressure on himself? He did move runners along and SF etc… then last night 3- 5 , but so was the whole team… All his numbers are better this year and looking at all the guys on the team with ~ 100 AB he is 3rd in avg. I hope the light is going on a bit for him and his numbers for 400 at bats would be much better this year if he continues on the same pace…walks are up, SO are down, Avg is up, SB are way up, OBP, SLG and OPS are all up… If he ever turned it ALL on, he could be something…

    Any word on Colvin?

  6. Domingo Santana is back (not sure why he was gone) and it looks like he might start hitting.

    I am expecting some big second half of the year breakouts this year, it’s just hard to predict which players will respond.

    By the way, speaking of prospects, does anyone know what in the world is going on with Michael Taylor? I really liked him and probably follow him more carefully than I do any of our former prospects.

    1. I think Taylor is injured from ST.

      He played through an injury last year too which apparently sapped his power.

      1. I know I’m probably spitting in the wind, but if there’s any chance that he could heal up from those injuries, I’d love to see him back in the fold. If he’s healthy, I still think he’s got a decent upside.

  7. I noticed the the night before, that Anthony Hewitt had eclipsed the .300 mark in OBP. I don’t believe he has ever reached that level.

  8. Anybody know why Valle came out of the game tonight? And how about Stutes, Bastardo, and Worley tonight – great. I think Mathieson gets optioned Tuesday to make room for Oswalt, not Worley. I get they want Worley to start and keep him stretched out but for now he is pitching in an 8th inning of a one run game on the road, seems like they might keep him around. A bullpen down the road of Madson, Contreras, Bastardo, Stutes, Worley, Romero, and Kendrick is pretty exciting.

    1. I agree Worley should stay till Contreras returns (you forgot Baez). Hopefully Valle is ok. He is batting over .330 this year.

  9. 0-4 tonight, it’s back down, although he did pick up a RBI. Apparently, Biddle picked off Harper. They held him to just 1-4. Carlos Rivero is the player of the day, picking up 2 homeruns. I think that gives him 5. Mark Parent praised his defense.

    1. Did you see that story on Bryce Harper? Apparently they checked his eyesight and found him significantly deficient. He was the consensus #1 overall pick and he was unable to see very well, and he wasn’t doing too badly in A ball. They gave him contacts and the guy has been on an absolute tear. At least Lakewood held him to a 1 -4 and he couldn’t do much damage because Biddle picked him off after his only hit.

  10. It seems silly to use Worley in relief unless he has to be the eighth inning guy. The one reason that would be likely is if Lidge isn’t coming back. Nice job last night by the “under 25 relief corp”(espn).
    On the other hand what is the story with Cristhian Martinez coming out of nowhere. If you weren’t impressed you should be watching hockey. He went 3-0 against Raul and blew him away. Notice the opposition is heating up.

    1. Players like Martinez are why I’m always wary of counting out players like Phillippe Aumont. Relievers often come out of nowhere.

      1. Seems like Phillies always struggle against young pitchers first time they see them. Can the Phils sit Ben Francisco today please. Put Gload in the line-up. When it comes time for the nasty lefties that the Braves have then put in Mayberry.

        1. Ruth would of struggled against the stuff he was throwing up last night. Maybe Martinez was one of those guys with too much stuff who couldn’t throw strikes. Interesting story if I could find it.
          Filthy curves by Stutes to get the K.
          After the draft the farm will look a lot better but some promotions seem in order.
          Valle’s birthday would be an excellent time for promotion unless he falls off the tracks.

  11. I DID NOT FORGET BAEZ!!!!! Bottom line is if Lidge, Madson, Romero, Bastardo, Stutes, Kendrick, Worley, and Contreras are all healthy at the same time, and pitching relatively well, there is no way you can keep Baez unless the pitching depth beyond this list is very suspect, but if Herndon, Schwimmer, Zagurski, Grilli, and/or Mathieson are showing anything at all, they can provide depth for injuries better than leaving Baez on the roster for the sake of his contract this late through it.

  12. This lineup sucks today – Valdez, Sardinha, and Balnton at the bottom of the order against a RHP. And with Ben and Raul 5th and 6th, I sure hope the top 4 produce some runs today. Need to get Gload or Mayberry in this lineup once in a while until Ben breaks out of this slump.

  13. Tuned into the aaa game late but in time to see a popup fall in the middle of the infield. Sixty years of baseball watching to see that at night.
    No wonder Bocock has trouble hitting he is fourteen years old. He looks like the paperboy’s younger brother.
    KK what do say. Go away

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