Around the System–Starting Pitchers, Lower Half


David Buchanan, 22, 20 starts, 11-5 with a 3.38 ERA; 125IP 115H 32BB 86K; 1.17 WHIP; 1.13 GO/AO; .246 opp. avg., .240 vs. LH, .250 vs. RH, .262 with RISP; 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA in 5 July starts.  Buchanan has had a very good season and may end the season in Clearwater depending on the movement around the system.

Garrett Claypool, 22, 22 games (18 starts); 3-7 with a 3.70 ERA; 109.1IP 89H 41BB 123K; 0.55 GO/AO; .224 opp. avg; 1.19 WHIP; .214 vs. LH, .231 vs. RH, .232 with RISP; 0-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 5 July starts. Claypool has been very good this year, averaging 10.1K/9 but is slowing down as the innings add up.

Jesse Biddle, 19, 20 starts, 5-6 with a 3.18 ERA; 107.2IP 86H 56BB 106K; 0.86 GO/AO; .221 opp. avg; 1.31 WHIP; .233 vs. LH, .218 vs. RH, .222 with RISP; 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in 7 post all star break starts.  Biddle has done all you can ask of him this year, getting his early season control issues handled and should land in Clearwater in 2012 without any issue.

Ervis manzanillo, 19, 19 starts, 7-5 with a 4.79 ERA; 92IP 89H 47BB 86K; 1.40 WHIP; 1.19 GO/AO; .257 opp. avg., .200 vs. LH, .277 vs. RH, .283 with RISP; 3-1 with a 4.82 ERA in 6 Post All Star starts. Manzanillo’s control has been his greatest enemy.  Just 19, he has to time adjust.

Lisalberto Bonilla, 21, 19 games (8 starts); 2-3 with a 2.06 ERA; 4 saves; 70IP 53H 15BB 73K;  0.97 WHIP; 1.88 GO/AO; .205 opp. avg., .274 vs. LH, .157 vs. RH, .153 with RISP; 2-2 with a 2.62 ERA in his 8 starts.  Bonilla has been as consistently dominant as any pitcher in the organization and like Biddle, should be a member of the Threshers rotation come 2012.


Lino Martinez, 18, 8 starts, 4-2 with a 3.22 ERA; 44.2 IP 45H 13BB 29K 1.07 GO/AO; .269 opp. avg., .292 vs. LH, .255 vs. RH, .298 with RISP. 1.29 WHIP.  Signed as a free agent in 2009, Martinez has pitched well thus far.

Mikchael Nesseth, 23, 8 starts, 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA; 41.1IP 29H 13BB 21K; 2.10 GO/AO; .199 opp. avg., .253 vs. LH, .127 vs. RH, .233 with RISP.  By far the most refined pitcher on the Crosscutters staff, Nesseth knows how to pitch.  His health has been the question mark and assuming his health, he may be a candidate for a double bump next season.

Austin Wright, 21, 8 games, 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA; 34.2IP 30H 13BB 44K ; 1.23 GO/AO; .231 opp. avg;. 1.24 WHIP; .244 vs. LH, .225 vs. RH, .128 with RISP. Wright, the Phils 8th round pick this year out of Ole Miss is averaging 11.4 K/9 and has allowed only 5 hits in 40 AB’s with RISP.  Very nice numbers.

Colin Klevan, 20, 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 7 starts; 34.2IP 36H 12BB 20K; 2.43 GO/AO; .267 opp. avg; .339 vs. LH, .211 vs. RH, .359 with RISP; 1.38 WHIP; Klevan was the Phils 33rd round pick in 2009. He has struggled mightily against lefties and with RISP. At this particular time, his numbers look a little too much like Kyle Kendrick for my liking.

Adam Morgan, 21, 4 starts, 0-2 with a 2.25 ERA: 16IP 17H 2BB 16K; 1.67 GO/AO; .262 opp avg., 1.18 WHIP. Morgan, the Phils 3rd round pick this year out of Alabama, made 16 starts this season for the Tide, throwing 97 innings, so the Phils will closely monitor his innings through the year’s end.

Leonel Bastidas, 22, has been on the DL for about a month after making 4 starts.


Luis Gonzalez,19,  7 games (5 starts); 3-2 with a 6.17 ERA; 23.1IP 34H 12BB 20K; 1.63 GO/AO; .340 opp. avg., 1.97 WHIP; .333 vs. LH, .341 vs. RH.  Getting hit hard and often.

Ramon Oviedo, 21, 6 starts, 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA; 33IP 23H 8BB 30K; 0.93 WHIP; 0.94 GO/AO; .198 opp. avg., .088 vs. LH, .244 vs. RH, .55 with RISP. Oviedo was signed as a free agent last year and has been outstanding, including a seven inning no hit effort for the GCL Phils.

Josh Warner, 18, 8 games; 2-3 with a 6.87 ERA; 38IP 51H 6BB 33K; 6 HR allowed; 1.25 GO/AO; .313 opp. avg., .269 vs. RH, .333 vs. RH, .392 with RISP. The young Australian has been getting killed by the home run ball.

Jonathan Musser, 19, 7 games; 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA; 32IP 32h 17BB 16K; 0.88 GO/AO; .258 opp. avg; .170 vs. LH, .312 vs. RH, .152 with RISP. Phils 21st round pick in 2010.

Ethan Stewart, 20, 7 games; 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA; 37.2IP 32H 13BB 35K; 2.43 GO/AO; .241 opp. avg; 1.19 WHIP; .179 vs. LH, .257 vs. RH, .162 with RISP. The Phils 47th round pick this year has been throwing well.

20 thoughts on “Around the System–Starting Pitchers, Lower Half

    1. Same question about Perci Garner. I think they’re both injured; I’m just curious if anyone has any updates.

      1. I’d like to see an MIA Players status update. Let us know what’s up with guys like this, Eldemire, Gillies people I’m forgetting, etc are. I’d write it up, but I have no idea how to get the info. 😦

      2. Still haven’t been able to get anyone to give me word on Walter, but he hasn’t been in Williamsport yet this year. Haven’t seen Chuck LaMar or Steve Noworyta at the park in about a month to ask about him.

        Last I heard about Perci was he threw a bullpen session a little over a week ago and Morandini said as long as there were no setbacks he would likely be good to come off the DL by the end of the month. I think they’re being extra cautious since it’s two oblique strains in two months that have sidelined him.

      3. Just got word that Perci threw a simulated game today. Threw 15 pitches, sat down like a between inning break, and threw 15 more. Everything went well. Morandini said no definitive time-table for his activation, but he’s guessing it may be in the next couple days. Crosscutters are home through Monday and he hasn’t pitched here since the fourth game of the season in 2010, I believe.

  1. Thanks Gregg.

    Morgan’s debut has been promising thus far, something you’d expect from a good college pitcher. Ethan Stewart has been a nice surprise, kind of on the old side for his level, but still solid numbers, especially the K rate to go with the groundballs.

    I wish we had reports on Biddle’s velocity, from a scout’s gun, after every start. Because I want to know how he is generating excellent peripherals with an 86-88 mph fastball that has been referenced a number of times. Other places say his velocity is back, and then its contradicted by other reports. His velo has been a Julio Rodriguez-esque mystery.

    1. Velocity guns at most Low A stadiums aren’t picking up lefties properly, esp. lefties from the far side of the rubber. For what it’s worth, reports from team pitchers charting Jesse and the few guns that are properly adjusted have shown him 90-92 in spring and 92-94 all summer. He has been touching 95 and 96 of late.

        1. Keith Law chatted yesterday without hesitation that May is the 2nd best pitching prospect in the system, but touching 96 is pretty remarkable for someone pitching late into his first full pro season. Gotta wonder if he’ll sneak onto a top 100 or two this offseason.

    2. To me the best part about Biddle is the Ks but the second best is that he has almost no L/R split. Get them both out well. This is in contrast to Bonilla and Manzanillo who are having trouble with opposite-hand batters. Something to work on.

  2. I hope Oviedo gets a shot at the NYPL this year. I’d like to see what he can do and perhaps let him move up to LKW next year.

  3. Josh Warner is an interesting prospect. Seems like he’s either really good or really bad, and as an Aussie I figure he’s more raw than most pitchers his age. Seems to have good control though, he’s just giving up too many hits. I’m always curious to see his line when he pitches.

  4. sorry, I can’t get a link on the Amaro quote about Mathieson. I was surprised by it too. Something tells me it was on Amaro said he was throwing better than they have ever seen him throw.

    1. From a June 28 Daily News story about Mathieson:

      “He would have been allowed to throw as many as 80 in his next start. If that had gone well, he might have replaced Oswalt in the rotation instead of Kendrick, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

      ” ‘He’s been throwing as well as we’ve seen him throw,’ Amaro said.

      “Instead, Mathieson will replace Kendrick as the Phillies’ long reliever and likely will be available whenever Kendrick pitches, in case Kendrick needs long relief.”

  5. Sorry, the above post should have been in the previous comments section on yesterday’s box scores.

  6. Has anyone seen Colby Shreve lately? He was reported to be hitting 90+ mph before Tommy John surgery, so I’m curious how hard he’s throwing now.

    Also, Ryan Sasaki still is on the suspended list. I think his suspension was for 50 games. If so he should be back in 2-3 weeks. Does anyone have any news on him?

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