Hot or Not 24 June 2011

Another week, another look…Some talking points…a great week for the previously struggling Singleton, Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis on the hot chart another week, May/Biddle with great starts, and Drew Carpenter very quietly continuing to rack up week after week on the reliever “hot list”.

Hot Hitters:Jonathan SIngleton (.571, 5R 3HR 8 RBI 1SB); Chris Duffy (.417, 2R 1HR 3RBI); Cesar Hernandez (.400, 3SB)Aaron Altherr (.378, 1HR 4 RBI 2SB); Carlos Valenzuela (.385); Freddy Galvis (.367, 3R)ALejandro Vilalobos (.357, 3R 4 rbi, 2 SB); Matthew Holland (.333, 3R 0HR 2RBI); Josh Barfield (.333). Honorable Mention: Harold Martinez, Troy Hanzawa, Derrick Mitchell

Not Hot Hitters: Niuman ROmero (.000); Brian Gump (.063);Trey Ford (.100); Logan Moore (.100); Brian Bocock (.105); Paco Figueroa (.143); Carlos RIvero (.148); Jeremy Barnes (.154); Delwyn Young (.167); Edgar Duran (.167). 

Hot Starters: Trevor May (7IP 1H 0ER 2BB 14K); Jesse Biddle (6IP 5H 0ER 4BB 6K)Michael Nesseth (9IP 6H 1ER 4BB 6K); Brian Bass (7IP 4H 1ER 5BB 4K); Tyler Cloyd (15IP 14H 5ER 1BB 14K);

Not Hot Starters: Andy Herbst (1IP 5H 4 ER); Ryan Feireabend (2L, 10IP 14H 10ER 8BB 5K); Jarred Cosart (4IP 5H 4ER 3BB 6K); Ryan Edell (2L, 9IP 14H 10ER 5BB 8K)David Buchanan (5IP 11H 5ER 1BB 3K); Brody Colvin (5IP 9H 4ER 1BB 3K); Ramon Oviedo (5IP 8H 5ER 0BB 3K)

Hot Relievers: Gabrial Arias (5.2IP 3H 0ER 0BB 5K); Drew Carpenter (5.1IP 1H 0ER 1BB 7K); Jacob Diekman (4.1IP 2H 0ER 3BB 7K); Hector Neris (4.2IP 4H 0ER 3BB 6K); Austin Wright (4IP 1H 0ER 1BB 7K); Ryan Duke (3.1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 4K)Colby Shreve (3IP 2H 0ER 1BB 2K);Austin Brough (3IP 2H 0ER 1BB 2K); Chance Chapman (3IP 4H 0ER 0BB 3K) Honorable Mention: Carlos Best, Andre Kinder

Not Hot Relievers:Mike McGuire (1IP 5H 4ER);  Juan Sosa (1IP 4H 3ER 0BB 1K)Jesus Pirela (2.1IP 5H 4ER 2BB 2K); Paul Cusick (3IP 4H 3ER 0BB 3K); Ian Durham (2IP 2H 2ER 1BB 3K); Lendy Castillo (2IP 4H 3ER); Jason Grilli (2.2IP 2H 3ER); Eric Pettis (2Ip 3H 2ER); Joe Esposito (2IP 3H 2ER 3BB); Justin DeFratus (3.1IP 5H 3ER)

45 thoughts on “Hot or Not 24 June 2011

  1. Anyone else think that would be better in a list format? As opposed to run all together? Maybe Bold/Underline each section. Not complaining(because I do appreciate the “Hot or Not”), just making a suggestion.

    1. Like it is, the Bolding of the names counters the all runs together thing, also the spacing of the sections. Don’t see a long list taking up alot of vertical space. Maybe the categories could be bolded in, but that lessens the contrast between the bolded in names and the unbolded in category.

      Andy Herbst- had him as Gregory Herbst- but since he has retired after his one inning, not likely to appear on a list of this nature again.

      On the hot relievers list, I thought Juary Gomez did pretty good from memory of the boxscores of the week.

      1. I guess Herbst wanted to say that he pitched professionally. Even though it was only once.

    2. I agree with Joe…the paragraph/bold format is kinda hard to read…and also, not complaining! The feature is quite appreciated!

  2. 1. OF – Domonic Brown (Phillies) – (.200) 0 for 3 with a BB and K
    3. OF – Jon Singleton (Clearwater)- (.270) –3 for 3 with 2 HR (6), 2B (9), 3 runs, 2 RBI (29) and a BB
    6. C – Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) – (.343) – 1 for 3 with a 2B (11)and RBI (23)
    7. LHP – Jesse Biddle (Lakewood) – (3-6, 3.70) – 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB and 6 K’s
    12. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (Clearwater) – (.259) – 1 for 3 with a run, BB, SN (10) and K
    13. OF – Domingo Santana (Lakewood) – (.266) 1 for 3 with a 2B (15) and 2 K’s
    16. RHP – Jon Pettibone (Clearwater) – (7-4, 2.80) – 7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB and 5 K’s (win)
    17. C – Cameron Rupp (Lakewood) – (.214) – 0 for 3
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.263) – 0 for 4 with 2 K’s
    23. RHP – Michael Schwimer (Lehigh Valley) – (3-0, 2.13, 3 SV) – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, O BB and a K
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.299) – 1 for 3 with a run and BB
    28. OF – Kelly Dugan (Williamsport) –(.259) – 1 for 4 with 2 K’s


    1B – Cody Overbeck (Lehigh Valley) – (.182) 2 for 3 with a HR (2), 2 RBI (3), BB and a K
    3B – Carlos Rivero (Reading) – (.252) – 2 for 4 with a HR (8) and 2 RBI (28)
    3B – Maikel Franco (Williamsport) – (.292) – 0 for 4
    3B – Harold Martinez (Williamsport) – (.333) – 3 for 4 with a 2B (2), run and a K
    2B/DH – Cody Asche (Williamsport) – (.217) 2 for 3
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.277) –2 for 4 with a 2B (13), run, BB and CS (8)
    SS – Jair Morelos (VSL) – (.333) – 1 for 5 with a run
    OF – John Mayberry (Lehigh Valley) – (.261) – 1 for 4 with a K
    OF – Derrick Mitchell (Redding)- (.282) – 3 for 4 with a 2B (12), 3B (1), 2 runs, RBI (46) and CS (4)
    OF – Steve Susdorf (Redding) – (313) – 1 for 4 with a run, RBI (22) and a K
    OF – Zach Collier (Lakewood) – (.263) – 0 for 2 with 2 BB, CS 7) and 2 K’s
    OF – Anthony Hewitt (Lakewood) – (.244) – 0 for 3
    OF – Kyrell Hudson (Williamsport) – (.296) – 0 for 4 with 3 K’s
    OF – Brian Pointer (GCL) – (.286) – 1 for 1 with a 2B (3) and run
    OF – Herlis Rodriguez (VSL) – (.302) – 0 for 2 with a run, 2 BB and a K
    RHP – Drew Carpenter (Lehigh Valley) – (5-0, 1.58) – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB and 3 K’s
    RHP – Tyler Cloyd (Redding) – (1-1, 2.77) – 8 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB and 4 K’s (win)
    RHP – Justin Friend (Redding) – (0-0, 3.50, 0 SV) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 Bb and a K

    1. ketch—-ever since you put D Mitchell and F Galvis on Redding they have been hot—-don’t move them.

    2. Are you referring ro you unusual spelling of the town of Redding, as opposed to Reading?

  3. Caesar Hernandez has really figured things out. He’s at .259 with 10 steals which doesn’t look like much until you look at his monthly splits. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them move him back into the 2 hole. Cosart’s bad start was really just a bad 4th inning after 3 shutout innings in his first start back after several weeks out. He could have gotten tired or he could have been told to work on his offspeed pitches the second time thru the order and it didn’t work well for him.

  4. an uptick in rumors the past few days about the Phillies looking hard for bullpen help. Heath Bell has been mentioned (Bell and Ludwick perhaps?). I wouldn’t be surprised to see scouts from other teams down in Clearwater. If I had to choose one untouchable, I would go with Cosart

    1. It would be pretty stupid of the Phils to trade away Cosart for bullpen help at this time. Madson, Bastardo, and Stutes have the back end locked down for the time being. Plenty of time to get Contreras healthy. Maybe at the trade deadline they will decide that Bastardo/Stutes aren’t ready for the 8th inning, but they won’t be do anything big in the bullpen at this time.

      1. I doubt they would trade Cosart. May or Colvin, maybe. I’d love to have a lock down bullpen with Stutes/Bastardo in the 7th, Madson in the 8th, and Bell in the playoffs.

      2. Phils need help in the pen Rulz. Romero, Contreras and Kendrick lost in the last week+. As good as Bastardo and Stutes have thrown I dont find it surprising that the Phils would be looking for back-end arms. Bell makes perfect sense for this team right now so I wouldn’t be so dismissive of rumors

        1. Bell has done well in relief, and Ludwick would be a step up, but both of those guys are free agents at the end of the season. Don’t see the trading of any top of the line prospects.
          Now, as a reliever, you go Koji Uehara just a bit older than Bell, and only makes 3 million this season as opposed to Bell’s 4 million, and Uehara has a vesting option for the next season at 4 million. Uehara should continue to do all right through this age 36 season and through the next at around 37. Bell a good option for now, also.
          As an OF, see that Michael Bourn is rumored available. Add him slide Victorino to LF, Bourn leads off, they can move Rollins and Victorino further down as Switch Hitters. OF defense should pick up. They can also add Keppinger as SS insurance for Rollins possible loss, and as the utility option for the season. 4th OF – 2B, SS, 3B.

          Both those trades should faciltate the moving of some minor MLB pieces and relatively good prospects/ increase team’s chances in ’11 .

          1. I think you’re understating the value of the players who may be made available at the deadline. Bell isn’t coming to Philly for two mid-ranged prospects. The Padres (or another team) stand to acquire a 1st rounder and Comp pick when he signs elsewhere. Other teams will be bidding on these players as well. With the injury to Oswalt, and with Contreras unable to regain his early season form, I think there’s little doubt that a deal will be made before the deadline. Cosart for me is an untouchable, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of our prospects playing in another organization in a few weeks.

            1. Bell would have to be offered arbitration by San Diego for them to get a draft pick, he would likely accept and he would be well compensated based on the numbers and they would be stuck with a highly paid closer and little prospect of improving record wise.
              Ludwick- don’t see it , one year of those guys is not worth a top prospect They should trade for players with more time and utility like the ones I placed above. Then maybe they should move a better prospect or 2. Yeah, some of the prospects are gone in a couple of weeks maybe, don’t see any of the top ones going for impending free agents.

            2. No way Bell accepts arbitration. He’ll make a ton more money and get a multi-year contract on the open market.

    1. Being stretched out at LHV —maybe now for long relief with the big club. Looks like Kendrick and Worley are now in the rotation.

    2. Does the big team brass have any regrets in letting Brian Gordon go? I do not think it is a huge deal, but he does appear as though he would have been a competent option for the rotation at this point. For that matter, he definitely seems to be better than Baez or Mathieson. In my opinion, they have wasted a spot on M. Mart just so they don’t lose him to the Rule 5 return policy. Conversely, they simply let Brian Gordon go without protecting him. I know Gordon is much older and plays a different position, but he seems to be a better immediate need for the team than M. Mart and the M. Mart decision has shown their willingness to protect a player by taking a spot on the big club. They could have released Baez or Romero at the time and brought up Gordon. I am sure they know a lot more than I do about a lot of things including Brian Gordon’s future ability to succeed and the monetary implications of their decisions, but I think there should be a little twinge of regret at this point.

      1. Gordon gave up three home runs in his second start. He might have a future but he’s also the very definition of a fungible pitcher.

      2. I remember when people were going nuts about why Herndon wasn’t offered back last year, and now, it looks like Herndon has turned it around. If the Phillies are keeping Michael Martinez, they see something there. I trust their judgement.

        1. Clearly Herdon has talent and the Phils braintrust deserves credit for patience but remember they signed Romero again this year, gave Baez 2 years and thought that Victorino could cover for both Ibanez and Ben Fran in the same outfield. I am quite certain they are wrong on Mini-Mart.

          1. First of all, Romero wouldn’t have been signed if Dennys Reyes didn’t fail his physical. Baez was bad but I think it helped the Phillies get Contreras. And Francisco is not in the lineup because of his bat, not because of the glove.

  5. 3 more hits for Singleton… a guess 1st base is where he feels comfortable and seems to have turned it on again…

    1. His ankle is probably feeling better too…which always helps a guy’s swing. Plus, he’s back to his natural swing after the Phillies tried to mess with it the first couple months. I fully expect him to finish the year with an OPS over .900.

  6. It sucks that oswalt is hurt, but the impact on the big club is minimal regarding the playoffs. Plus, I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m pretty excited to see what Worley can do going every fifth day. He has done well so far.

    1. I like what Worley has done in last two starts with only giving up 1 run in 11 innings but he has to stop nibbling so he can pitch further into games. He had way too many 3 ball counts in the first 4 innings.

      1. If he is going to pitch to no runs over 5 innings every game I would prefer that to a ‘quality start’. Because of the aces the pen should be rested.

  7. Stutes gets third victory in 6 days . No too shabby

    1. I saw that. Also, a few days ago, he tried to not have a pronounced leg kick, but I think he gave up on that and just lowered his hands a bit.

  8. Hot list should include the Phillies Minor League system.

    Look at the pitching line tonight for the 1 – 0 victory.

    All spent time in AAA this year.

    Farm system is doing its job.

    1. The sick thing about how hot Singleton is … as much as you are tempted to caution “it’s only 5 games” … those 5 games have increased his overall seasonal numbers to quite respectable, even though still not not quite where we would like them to be.

  9. Interesting that you list Joe Esposito as “not hot” and yet he got moved up to Reading….

    1. It is called injuries…Walrond got the call up to AAA…sometimes you need to fill the roster…Esposito is definately not hot…last three games 7 2/3 innings 11runs 8earned and 12 hits

  10. Including today’s game Brian Pointer has 6 extra base hits out of his 8 hits for a .364 average…5 doubles and a triple

  11. Marfis – re your : “Bell would have to be offered arbitration by San Diego for them to get a draft pick,”

    Are you implying that they won’t offer? That’s pretty much a no-brainer as Bell would certainly get a multi-year deal on the open market anyway. Otherwise I don’t follow the point you are trying to make. If you are simply contending that the Phils won’t trade a top prospect this year, then understood. I would disagree, but at least I would understand that your opinion allows you to make this conclusion..

  12. Bell, think he makes 7.5 million at 33, he won’t make less in arbitration at least, and given he has done well this season, who knows what he could make. He and agent could figure the one year arbitration award may exceed the average yearly income of the longer deal. San Diego may get stuck with a highly paid closer and not have a team in place to use them much, and that’s really what they are planning now to trade him for.
    Figure if Philly was interested in Bell, they want Ludwick also. So that’s another 6 million and another expiring contract. So 13 1/2 million for the pair, If money is not adjusted, no deal. If San Diego absorbs some money, they will have to absorb alot of money, and for this they will want top of the line prospects, and both these contracts are still expiring.
    Philly has not traded top or near it, prospects unless they are getting some time out of who they are trading for. They traded for Halladay only when they knew they could get him for a 5 year extension. They traded for Cliff Lee when he had 2 below market years left. The deal for Oswalt had the end of the season of the deal, this season, and an option for next season, as the plan.
    Don’t see any top prospects going for players with expiring contracts, especially those it will take big money to retain, or for veteran stopgap types.
    Now, if they were to go for the type of deal , I outlined above, the reputedly available Michael Bourn with some years of contract left, maybe then a top prospect might slip in there.

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