Hot or Not

A look back at the one week time period ending last August 4th.  Talking points include Tyler CLoyd’s consistency, Trevor May racking up the k’s once again, Brody Colvin spending another week on the cold list, Schwim, a nice week for young OF’s (Alvarez/Santana/Altherr), and a rough week for the newly signed Tyler Greene. Note: A few pitchers appear on two lists, because of their ever changing roles.

Starting Pitchers, Hot: Josh Warner (6IP 4H 0ER 2BB 5K); Garrett Claypool (6IP 5H 0ER 2BB 5): Tyler Cloyd (12IP 9H 1ER 2BB 12K)Trevor May (12.1IP 6H 3ER 6BB 18K); Lino Martinez (6IP 3H 1ER 2BB 7K); Austin Hyatt (6IP 3H 1ER 0BB 12): Austin Wright (6IP 6H 1ER 1BB 5K);Bryan Morgado (4IP 4H 0ER 1BB 5K); Adam Morgan (10.2IP 9H 3ER 4BB 6K). Honorable Mention: Ramon Oviedo; Mike Nesseth, Julio Rodriguez

Not: Jon Musser (3.1IP 7H 6ER); Ethan Stewart (2IP 8H 3ER 2BB 2K); Colin Klevan (4.1IP 4H 5ER 3BB 2K); Brody Colvin (5IP 7H 5ER 2BB 3K); Ryan Edell (4IP 8H 4ER); Ryan Feireabend (5IP 9H 5ER); Ervis Manzanillo (5IP 8H 4ER 2BB 5K)

Relievers, Hot: Michael Schwimer (3.2IP 0H 0ER 1BB 7K, 2SV); Austin Brough (5.1Ip 5H 0ER); Colby Shreve (5IP 2H 0ER 0BB 6K);Lendy Castillo (5IP 2H 0ER);Hector Neris (3.2IP 2H 0ER); Cody Fick (3.1IP 0H 0ER 1BB 4K); Eric Pettis (3.1IP 2H 0ER); Mike Zagurski (3IP 0H 0ER)Andy Loomis (2.2IP 0ER, SV); Jacob Diekman (2.2IP 1H 0ER 4BB 4K). Honorable Mention: Joe Savery, Phillippe Aumont.

Relievers, Not: Ramon Oviedo (2IP 4H 6ER); BJ Rosenberg (2.1IP 3H 3ER 4BB)Fabian Cota (3.2Ip 6H 5ER); Ian Durham (3.1IP 6H 4ER); Paul Cusick (5.2Ip 4H 6ER); Justin Friend (1.1IP 3H 2ER); James Birmingham (2IP 4H 2ER); Juan Sosa (3.2IP 3H 3ER); Aaron Heilman (2IP 3H 2ER).

Hitters: Hot: (Min 10 AB’s): Brandon Tripp (.476, 4R 3HR 4 RBI);Mike Spidale (.455, 4R); Pete Orr (.444); Domingo Santana (.409); Kenny Miramontes (.400); Kelly Dugan (.391, 6 RBI); Carlos Rivero (.375, 4 RBI); Darin Ruf (.364, 2HR 6 RBI); Miguel Alvarez (.353); Aaron Altherr (.333, 7R, 3HR 5RBI); Chris Duffy (.333). Honorable mention: Cameron Rupp, Jiwan James, Domonic Brown

Not Hot: Josh Barfield (.059); Alejandro Villalobos (.067);Zach COllier (.074); Francisco Diaz (.083);Jorge Castillo (.088); Sebastian Valle (.059); Tuffy Gosewisch (.077); Steve Singleton (.077); Cesar Hernandez (.091);Cody Asche (.095); Tyler Greene (.125); Michael Marshall (.133); Harold Martinez (.136).

40 thoughts on “Hot or Not

      1. Tell it to gregg above “Relievers, Hot: Michael Schwimmer (3.2IP 0H 0ER 1BB 7K, 2SV); “

    1. If there’s room on the 40 for him and a catcher, I agree with you. Though Manual called out Aumont by name. Can’t imagine that’d be Amaro’s choice.

      1. Can’t blame Charlie for wanting the biggest arm; I know he’s still a work-in-progress, but you gotta think Aumont coming out of the bullpen in September/October against players that have never seen him before would be fun to watch.

        Pipe-dream, though. Schwim’s earned his promotion, and I agree he’ll get it next month. Wouldn’t expect to see him in the post-season, though.

  1. Schwim will have a long major league career. Question is whether it will be
    here or elsewhere.

    Aumont could be a star in the making, so they will want to see him asap, particularly with Madson’s future here in question.

  2. Phils signed Chris Lubanski. Had a pretty solid year in AAA hitting .293 with 17 HRs. Still just 26. He’s a local kid from Lansdale.

  3. It sounds like a smart move. His hitting seems good. Why did he not make the majors? Anyone know?

    1. Just a quick glance at his minor league stats, it looks like last year was his best hitting year by far. Maybe he’s a late bloomer but he’ll need to improve those stats(or at least repeat them) to get back on the prospect radar.

  4. Two Phillies pitchers on BA’s Hot Sheet this week. Hyatt came in at #7 and May came in at #13. Maybe Hyatt gets the shot at the #5 spot in the rotation in the Spring (given that Oswalt leaves and Blanton is still out) and barring that he is the one sitting in LHV to bring up for spot starts.

    1. It’s pretty cool for him to be that high up – usually you have to be a “bona fide” prospect to rank that high on their hot sheet. I think this is two weeks in a row that he’s made it (last week was team photo, perhaps?).

      This is also the first time I remember anyone saying something positive about his curve. If he really has a good curve and a great change with good control of his FB, he can make the majors.

    2. Yes, I suspect that Hyatt is gonna be the #6 in LHV, but I also expect he will see some starts in Phily next year.

  5. The comment that really surprised me about Hyatt (and maybe just me and not the rest of you fine folks on this site) is that his fasball gets up to 93. For some reason that really surprised me, mainly becuase Hyatt has always seemed to have good numbers, and definitely a lot of strikeouts, but have always heard “but his stuff won’t play at the higher levels”. Even on a lot of the prospect ranks he’s not that high. Am I missing something. 93 isn’t 98 but it also doesn’t make me thing “deceptive junkballer”. Did I just miss something?

    1. “Gets up to 93” isn’t the same as “sitting 93.” From what I’ve heard in the past (and please correct me if I’m wrong), Hyatt is 89-91, touching higher here and there. That kind of velo for a right-hander gets you pegged as a back-end starter, until you prove otherwise.

    2. Hyatt had a mandate from the Phillies this year — improve command and use of your off-speed pitches. Chuck Lamar said that he has been timid about setting up his wonderful change and improved off speed stuff with his fastball, but that he has begun to do that with excellent results. He is definitely o the Phillies radar for Lehigh Valley and maybe more for next year.

      1. Yes—he, Hyatt, mentoned that this week in the interview with CSN on the Phillies Clubhouse. He aslo mentioned something that I do not how to take,…… ‘I am able to read the batter more’–huh?

        1. Probably just knowing how to sequence pitches and get a feel for what pitch the batter is vulnerable to, or figure out what they want or expect and throw something else.

        2. Reading the batter means getting a good feel for what they are trying to do. Are they in “swing mode” and being aggressive, Are they looking to take pitches, sitting on a fastball, looking inside, etc.

          Part of learning to pitch is knowing when you can throw a get it over FB to get ahead vs. bouncing a breaking ball to get a swing and miss because the hitter is sitting fastball.

  6. This should raise everyone’s spirits a little bit, from Hot Sheet Chat.

    Jim (Varmit Gulch, TX): Could you make an argument for taking Trevor May over Jared Cozart?

    J.J. Cooper: Oh yeah. If performance means something May is having a better year and his arm is just as good. Arguments for Cozart over May? Well, he has a cleaner delivery and some think that May is a reliever long-term.

    1. Haven’t really seen much of May, but the comment that Cosart has a cleaner delivery surprises me, since one of the “concerns” about Cosart was his relatively complex windup and delivery.

  7. Guess someone else was wondering what I was – also from the BA chat…
    Kyle (Philadelphia): Scouts do not seem to be overly impressed with Hyatt’s pure stuff but with the amount of K’s in High A and Double AA, when do the numbers start speaking for themselves?

    J.J. Cooper: They never completely do. Even in Double-A, pitchers can get away with stuff they can’t get away with in the majors. He’s in a prove-it-at-each-level mode.


  8. Sometimes the quality of a pitcher’s heart means more than the strength of his arm. Many of baseball’s best pitchers have had fastballs that topped out in the low nineties. Yet they won, and won, and won…

    On the other hand, many of the highly touted phenoms that have come through the Phillies system over the years have had great fastballs, but they never made it big in the majors.
    Because of their “stuff,” the Phillies (and other teams) gave them opportunity after opportunity – all to no avail. Look up the careers of Billy Wilson, Don Cardwell, Kevin Gross, Bruce Ruthven, Jason Grimsley and many others who got an opportunity to pitch with the big club because of their potential. Each of them ended his career with a losing record.

    I don’t know if Austin Hyatt or Tyler Cloyd or Julio Rodriguez will become successful major league pitchers, but I am glad that with less than stellar stuff they still go out onto the field and win. I suspect that in the heart and mind of each of these young men, there is a strength and dedication that allows them to excel.

    I pull for them because of this.

    1. I think you mean Bruce Ruffin, though you could apply your coment to Dick Ruthven’s first go-round with the Phils. I think Ruthven did end with a losing record but most would argue he had a pretty good career as a 2/3 starter. Ruffin, obviously, did not.

  9. Of course, given when some of those guys pitched, ending up with losing records might not have meant too much.

    1. Actually they meant meant a lot – especially for Gross and Ruthven. Both were on division-winning teams.

      In Ruthven’s Phillies’ career, the Phillies finished 6th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 4th, 1st, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st. Most of those teams were pretty good.

      For Gross it was 1st, 4th, 5th, 2nd, 4th and 6th.
      These teams were not consistently last place clubs.

      In addition, Gross had the good fortune to spend a few years with the Dodgers after he left the Phils, and he has a losing record there too.

  10. Gregg, do you think Hyatt, Cloyd, and JC Ramirez will be in the IronPigs rotation to start next season?

  11. I might be late to the party but there is an article on that says RHP Kenny Giles has signed and Marti Wolever feels confident L.Greene, R.Quinn, and M.Walding will sign. “I’m confident we have a chance to get these done” “I feel real good about Walding. We spent a lot of time with him and his family prior to the draft and after it. He wants to play pro.” But J.Overbey will not sign “We can’t meet the demands,” Wolever said. “They’re totally unrealistic. That’s not going to happen.”

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