Around the System–Relievers

A look at the relief corps around the system, with plenty to be excited about.  Stats are through Tuesday May 24, 2011.

Lehigh Valley

Mike Zagurski, 28, 12 games, 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA; 7 saves, 12.1 IP 9H 7BB 20K; 1.29 WHIP; .220 opp. avg., .273 vs. RH, .200 vs. LH; .091 with RISP.  Zagurski has thrown very well, although it hasn’t transferred in his limited time called up to Philly.  Needs to hone the control a bit.

Jason Grilli, 34 Has been on the DL with back issues for the past week plus. 15 games, 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA; 18IP 16H 7BB 22K; 1.46 GO/AO; .232 opp. avg., .259 vs. LH, .214 vs. RH, .045 with RISP.  Grilli may have been on the verge of a callup with the Phils when their injuries were mounting when he suffered one of his own.  He has thrown extremely well all year.

Michael Schwimer, 25, 16 games, 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA; 1 save; 25.2 IP 20H 13BB 35K; 0.62 GO/AO; .208 opp. avg., 1.28 WHIP; .333 vs. LH, .143 vs. RH, .156 with RISP. Schwimer started off a bit slow, but has been near unhittable as of late.  His command has been excellent. 

Juan Perez, 32, 18 games, 0-1 with a 3.15 ERA, 4 saves; 20IP 12H 14BB 26K; 0.88 GO/AO; .176 opp avg., 1.30 WHIP; .190 vs. LH, .170 vs. RH, .125 with RISP.  Extremely hard to hit, the problem is that he is not always sure where the ball is going.

Scott Mathieson, 27, 10 games, 0-0 with a 4.02 ERA, 2 saves; 15.2 IP 17H 10BB 17K; 1.72 WHIP; .270 opp. avg., .200 vs. LH, .302 vs. RH, 0.71 GO/AO; .208 with RISP.  Mathieson just returned after spending two weeks in the big leagues.  He has been much more hittable this year, then in years past as he toys with different pitches. His command has been an issue as well.

Drew Carpenter, 26, 14 games, 1 start, 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA; 28.1IP 24H 7BB 27K; 1.07 GO/AO; ,226 opp. avg., 1.09 WHIP; 1.37 ERA as a reliever; .233 vs. LH, .222 vs. RH, .257 with RISP.  Carpenter has flourished as a middle reliever so far this year, an event that has gotten much notice.

Chance Chapman, 27, 13 games, 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA; 1 save; 23.2 IP 23H 7BB 20K; 1.26 WHIP; 1.19 G0/AO; .267 opp. avg., .367 vs. LH, .239 vs. RH, .412 with RISP.  Chapman has been decent, but he gets eaten up by left handed hitters in his role as a long reliever.


Justin DeFratus, 23, 15 games, 0-0 with a 2.66 ERA, 4 saves, 201.IP 23H 10BB 23K; 1.62 WHIP; 3.11 GO/AO; .288 opp. avg., .241 vs. LH, .314 vs. RH, .269 with RISP.  DeFratus clearly has good stuff but hasn’t been quite as good as advertised early.  Although a nice ERA, the peripherals, should be a bit better. 

Phillippe Aumont, 22, 17 games, 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA; 3 saves, 21IP 13H 5BB 28K; 0.85 WHIP; 1.92 GO/AO; .167 opp. avg., .125 vs. LH, .196 vs. RH, .222 with RISP.  Aumont has been nothing short of phenomenal thus far.  His control which had been a problem has been very good.  He is throwing strikes with his fastball as well as his curve.  Opponents have looked overmatched.

Chris Kissock, 26, 9 games, 7 starts, 1-4 with a 6.58 ERA; 39.2IP 45H 10BB 15K, 5 HR allowed, 1.39 WHIP; 0.83 GO/AO; .294 opp. avg., .333 vs. LH, .262 vs. RH, .361 with RISP.  Kissock was just moved back to the bullpen after a seven start experiment that was pretty much a disaster. Kissock was solid in relief last year. It may take some time to readjust.

Tyson Brummett, 26, 13 games, 2 starts, 2-2 with a 1.99 ERA; 31.2 IP 27H 12BB 18K; 1.23 WHIP; 1.21 GO/AO; .231 opp. avg., .229 vs. LH, .225 vs. RH, .286 with RISP. A good year so far for the Phils 7th round pick in the 2007 draft.  Far from overpowering, he seems to be learning how to outthink hitters.

Mike Cisco, 24, 7 games, 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA; 1 save; 24.2IP 16H 9BB 18K; 1.01 WHIP; 0.90 GO/AO; .182 opp. avg., .200 vs. LH, .170 vs. RH, 150 with RISP.  Cisco has pitched very well. Unfortunately he last pitched on May 9th and was placed on the DL (elbow). 

Jacob Diekman, 24, 15 games, 0-0 with a 5.74 ERA; 15.2 IP 19H 6BB 14K; 1.59 WHIP; 1.58 GO/AO; .302 opp. avg., .111 vs. LH, .378. vs RH, .273 with RISP. It tells the story when you look at the splits. Diekman struggles terribly against righties and dominates LH.  Unfortunately at this level,  he is usually needed for more than just an out or two against lefties.

Jordan Ellis, 25, 6 games in CLearwater, 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 8.2 IP. 14K in those 8.2 IP. Since getting called up to Reading, 10 games, 1-1 with a 9.75 ERA; 12IP 18H 8BB 13K, 3 HR allowed, 1.67 WHIP; .340 opp. avg. Ellis has simply been getting pounded since his callup to AA the last week of April.  While it doesn’t look good so far, far too early for final judgment.


Justin Friend, 25, 18 games, 0-1 with a 1.27 ERA, Minor league leading 16 saves; 21.1 IP 10H 5H 18K; 0.70 WHIP; 2.67 GO/AO; .141 opp. avg., .094 vs. LH.,.179 vs. RH, .100 with RISP. Friend was selected in the Minor League portion of the 2010 Rule 5 draft after his original selection in the 13th round of the 2007 draft by Oakland.  Pretty simply, he can’t pitch much better than he has been pitching.

Ebelin Lugo, 21, 16 games, 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA; 1 save, 26.2 IP 22H 4BB 25K, 4 HR allowed; 0.98 WHIP; 0.65 GO/AO; .227 opp. avg., .178 vs. LH, .269 vs. RH, .227 with RISP.  Lugo has pitched very well, with the home run ball being the issue that needs to be addressed.

Derrick Loop. 27, 17 games, 2-1 with a 0.81 ERA; 2 saves; 22.1 IP 16H 8BB 21K, 1.07 WHIP; 1.67 GO/AO; .211 opp. avg., .071 vs LH, .292 vs. RH, .133 with RISP.  He is throwing better than his High A classification. Unfortunately, the 27 year old is pushed out from a higher classification because of younger prospects.

Joe Esposito, 26, 14 agmes, 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA; 31IP 23H 16BB 27K; 0.84 GO/AO; .221 opp. avg., .216 vs. LH, .226 vs. RH, .174 with RISP.  Can’t ask for much more from Espositio who has been asked to pitch three innings on multiple occasions and has done so effectively. 

Eric Pettis, 23, 17 games, 1-1 with a 0.70 ERA; 2 saves, 25.2IP 16H 4BB 20K; 1.15 GO/AO; 0.93 WHIP; .180 opp. avg. (Stats are Lakewood/Clearwater combined, although its worth noting that his CLearwater stats are actually better than with Lakewood).  Pettis was a 35th round pick out of Cal Irvine last year and put his name on the map with some exceptional numbers last season both as a starter as well as a reliever in Williamsport.  He continues to impress and a late season challenge in Reading may be in the cards.

Tyler Cloyd, 24, 11 games, 5 starts, 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA; 36IP 30H 7BB 37K; 1.02 WHIP; 1.46 GO/AO; .221 opp. avg., .152 vs. LH, .286 vs. RH; .235 with RISP.  Cloyd has pitched very well, both as a reliever, and as a starter when Colvin was out (2.45 ERA).  In my opinion, for what little it is worth, this was a rostering mistake made at the beginning of the year by the Phils brass.  Cloyd should have been a starter at AA Reading. 

Jordan Whatcott, 26, 12 games, 1-1 with a 4.74 ERA; 1 save, 19IP 23H 6BB 7K, 1.52 WHIP; 1.61 GO/AO; .311 opp. avg., .400 vs. LH, .231 vs. RH, .276 with RISP.  Whatcott’s role has basically been an innings eater when games are out of hand.


Lisalberto Bonilla, 21, 6 games, 0-1 with a 1.47 ERA; 1 save, 18.1IP 8H 4BB 19K; 0.65 WHIP; .133 opp. avg., 2.09 GO/AO. Bonilla has been outstanding since being activated in the beginning of May.  I think he joins the Lakewood rotation at some point this year.

Jake Borup, 24, 2 games, 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA. Borup spent the first month of the season on the DL with back issues.  He was just activated last week.

Chase Johnson, 23, 12 games, 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA; 22IP 22H 7BB 25K; 1.31 WHIP; 0.50 GO/AO; .259 opp. avg., .323 vs. LH, .222 vs. RH, .250 with RISP.  After a season in which Johnson made the NYPL All Star team, he came out of the gate fast, but has come back to Earth a bit recently. 

Jay Johnson, 21, 8 games, 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA; 8IP 3H 6BB 14K.  Still too early for a real opinion on Johnson,, who couldn’t throw a strike in his first couple of appearances, then threw in a few nice games. 

Tyler Knigge, 22, 14 games, 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA, 2 saves, 19.2 IP 16H 8BB 19K, 0.82 GO/AO; 1.22 WHIP; .219 opp. avg., .160 vs. LH, .250 vs. RH, .318 with RISP.  Most of Knigge’s appearances have been good ones with an occasional blip of the radar screen.

Colby Shreve, 23, 12 games, 3 starts, 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA; 30.2IP 36H 16BB 23K; 1.69 WHIP; 1.46 GO/AO; .293 opp. avg., .264 vs. LH, .314 vs. RH, .171 with RISP. I was surprised to see Shreve starting in Lakewood rather than CLearwater and maybe he was too, as he got off to a horrible start, which has improved somewhat lately.

Juan Sosa, 21, 15 games, 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA; 4 saves; 22.1 IP 23H 5BB 17K, 4 HR allowed, 1.25 WHIP; 2.14 GO/AO; .277 opp. avg., .314 vs. LH, .250 vs. RH, .353 with RISP. Adequate.

Hector Neris, 22, 10 games, 1-1 with a 5.50 ERA; 18IP 23H 6BB 23K; 5 HR allowed, 1.61 WHIP; 1.13 GO/AO; .291 opp. avg., .206 vs. LH, .356 vs. RH, .294 with RISP.  Neris struggled during the time in which he was on the active roster during the first 5 weeks of the season.

Bryan Morgado, 22 , 5 games, 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA; 8.2 IP 8H 4BB 5K. Morgado was the Phils 4th round pick last year out of the University of Tennessee and pitched well before being placed on the DL.  He has now missed a  month while on the DL.

3 thoughts on “Around the System–Relievers

  1. Interesting bunch. Lots of good k rates in the higher levels. I may have to get myself out to Bowie in a couple weeks and hope for a close game with a lead so I can see the big canook with the nasty hook.

    Yes, I know that I spelled “Canuck” wrong. But Phillippe Aumont doesn’t throw anything that rhymes with “uck”.

  2. You have to be impressed with the young arms in our system. Maybe they can be like the young arms in Atlanta. They have good arms like Stutes, Schwimer, Bastardo, Herndon, Aumont, and DeFratus. I think Mathieson and Zagurski might be destined for other organizations if they are to play in the bigs. Same thing for Carpenter. Pettis might get into that top group. I would like to see if he gets to Reading this year. There might be some current starters to go to the pen. I was thinking about someone like Claypool. He seems to get a lot of strike outs. What does he throw? Speed?

  3. Thanks, there’s a few future major league arms in here even though we all know that some current minor league starters will become major league relievers before many of these guys.

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