A look at how Starting Pitchers fared at the top levels of the organization. The Bottom Half rotation review will come out at the end of the week.
Dave Bush, 31, Signed as a free agent during 2011 season; 4 starts; 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA; 23IP 20H 6BB 16K; 1.13 WHIP; .233 opp. avg., .242 vs. LH, .226 vs. RH, .188 with RISP. Bush had just a cup of coffee in Allentown but pitched effectively while he was here. The Phils could do alot worse than Bush as their sixth or seventh starter in the organization.
Brian Bass, 29, Signed as a free agent prior to 2011 season;28 starts; 8-10 with a 3.81 ERA; 158.1 IP 170H 56BB 105K; 13HR allowed; .278 opp. avg., 1.43 WHIP; .290 vs. LH, .269 vs. RH, .266 with RISP; 3.1BB/6.0K; 4-4 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP Post All Star game. Bass became the most dependable starter for Lehigh Valley in the seasons final two months. He eats innings and pitched well in crunch time. I suspect Bass may look for an opportunity in a organizartion with a bit less depth at starting pitcher for next season.
Ryan Edell, 28, Signed as a free agent prior to 2011 season; 5-1 with 3.50 era in 12 starts in Reading; 72IP 79H 9BB 50K; 1.22 WHIP; 5-5 with a 3.27 ERA in 17 games (10 starts) for Lehigh Valley; 77IP 80IP 11BB 65K; 0.95 GO/AO; .269 opp. avg., .202 vs. LH, .298 vs. RH, .275 with RISP;1.3BB/7.6K; 4-3 with a 2.75 ERA Post All Star; 1.06 WHIP. Edell was very, very good as the season wore on, solidifying the Lehigh Valley rotation. A lefty with pin point command, Lehigh Valley could do alot worse than bringing him back. Gonna be a numbers game.
Scott Mathieson, 27, Phils 17th round pick in 2002; 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 30 games (12 starts); 82.1IP 71H 50BB 83K; 9HR allowed; 0.65 GO/AO; .230 opp. avg; 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA as a starter; .221 vs. LH, .235 vs. RH, .171 with RISP; 5.5BB/9.1K; 1.43 WHIP as a starter. Mathieson transitioned into the rotation mid season and was effective at times, but struggled with his command other times. He averaged just over 4.5 innings per start. Mathieson has talent, throws awfully hard and is the consummate professional. However, status as a “tweener” has been cemented in the Phillies organization. He will be out of options after this season and the Phillies would be doing him a favor if they would cut him loose, so he could attempt to make the roster of another team as a minor league free agent.
Nate Bump, 35, Re-signed as a free agent prior to 2011 season; 26 starts; 5-9 with a 4.97 ERA; 134IP 172H 29BB 68K; 11HR allowed; 1.24 GO/AO; .319 opp. avg., .357 vs. LH, .285 vs. RH, .342 with RISP; 1.9BB/4.6K; 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP Post All STar. Pretty much the worst pitching I have seen post Mike Mimbs, until you get to his effort as the season wound down. He pitched several crucial games very well down the stretch but I would not expect Bump back.
Eddie Bonine, 30, Signed as a free agent prior to 2011; 3-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 11 games (10 starts); 45.1IP 58H 8BB 44K; 1.54 GO/AO; .310 opp. avg; Bonine underwent Tommy John surgery mid season and will miss at least half of next season.
Tyson Brummett, 27, Phils 7th round pick in 2007; 1-4 with a 5.82 ERA in 7 games in Lehigh Valley (6 starts); 34IP 41H 11BB 20K 6HR allowed; 2.13 GO/AO; .306 opp. avg., 4-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 30 games (11 starts) in Reading; 91.2IP 103H 28BB 72K; 11HR allowed; 1.43 WHIP; .259 vs. LH, .300 vs. RH, .253 with RISP. Brummett has very pedestrian stuff and with the talent coming up from Clearwater if he sticks, I would suspect it is as a long man somewhere.
Tyler CLoyd, 24, Phils 18th round pick in 2008; 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 13 games in CLearwater (5 starts); 39.1IP 31H 7BB 39K; 1.45 GO/AO; .212 opp. avg., 1.6BB/9K ratio; Reading: 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 18 games (17 starts); 106.2IP 101H 15BB 99K; 7HR allowed; 0.96 GO/AO; .250 opp. avg., 1.2bb/8.4K; 1.09 WHIP; .294 vs. LH, .214 vs. RH, .238 with RISP; Cloyd was simply outstanding this season and will be playing in the Arizona Fall League next month. The Phils must make a decision about whether to protect him on the 40 man and his performance in Arizona may be a deciding factor in that. His control is possibly the best in the organization and he knows how to pitch. Next season: Lehigh Valley rotation.
Joe Esposito, 26, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 2-2 with a 3.55 ERA in CLearwater; 21 games (2 starts); 45.2IP 42H 24BB 38K; 0.67 GO/AO; .258 opp. avg., 4.7BB/7.5K; In Reading: 5-5 with a 5.48 ERA in 14 starts; 65.2IP 75H 30BB 56K; 8 HR allowed; 0.65 GO/AO; .293 opp. avg., 1.60 WHIP; 4.1BB/7.7K; .290 vs. LH, .296 vs. RH, .338 with RISP. Esposito ate some innings but was generally ineffective for Reading. If he is back, it will be in a “long man” role.
Austin Hyatt, 25, Phils 15th round pick in 2009; 28 starts; 12-6 with a 3.85 ERA; 154.1IP 136H 49BB 171K; 20HR allowed; 1.19 WHIP; 0.60 GO/AO; .235 opp. avg; 2.8BB/9.9K; .201 vs. LH, .282 vs. RH; .193 with RISP; 5-1 with a 2.78 ERA Post All Star. Another very good season for Hyatt who threw alot of innings, got hitters out and had a very nice BB/K ratio. Lehigh Valley rotation for 2012.
JC Ramirez, 23, Acquired from Seattle in 2009; 26 starts; 11-13 with a 4.50 ERA; 3CG; 144IP 144H 55BB 89K; 0.71 GO/AO; .258 opp. avg., 1.38 WHIP; 15 HR allowed; 3.4bb/5.6K; .242 vs. LH, .270 vs. RH, .272 with RISP; 4-5 with a 5.92 ERA Post All Star; Ramirez’s year spanned the whole spectrum…excellent at times and just awful other times. The biggest difference from years past is that he is “pitching to contact” this year. Not sure if this is by design, but it is dangerous with Ramirez. ALready on the 40 man roster, the Phils will have to push him to Lehigh Valley next year, his second option year.
David Buchanan, 22, Phils 7th round pick in 2010; 20 starts in Lakewood; 13-5 with a 3.38 ERA; 125IP 115H 32BB 86K; 1.13 GO/AO; .246 opp. avg., 1.17 WHIP; 2.3BB/6.2K; 6 starts for Clearwater; 3-2 with a 3.90 ERA; 32.1IP 37H 11BB 24K; 1.52 GO/AO; .289 opp. avg., 1.48 WHIP; 3.1BB/6.6K; Buchanan was a South Atlantic League All Star and was called up to Clearwater in August and had some growing pains, but did fine. Expect him to be a mainstay in the Clearwater rotation in 2012, with a late season callup to Reading if warranted.
Brody Colvin, 21, Phils 7th round pick in 2009; 22 starts; 3-8 with a 4.71 ERA; 116.2IP 131H 42BB 78K; 10HR allowed; 1.33 GO/AO; .289 opp. avg., .273 vs. LH, .302 vs. RH, .262 with RISP; 1.48 WHIP; 3.2BB/6.0K; Colvin’s season started awful and did not get much better as opponents hit .375 against him in APril and then .336 in August. He was injured often and rumored to be out of shape at the beginning of the season. That being said, still has a huge upside and very well could bounce back ala Trevor May. Next season: Clearwater until he proves otherwise.
Trevor May, 22, Phils 4th round pick in 2008; 27 starts; 10-8 with a 3.63 ERA; 3CG; 151.1IP 121H 67BB 208K; 8 HR allowed; 1.24 WHIP; 4.0BB/12.4K; 0.70 GO/AO; .221 opp. avg., .229 vs. LH, .214 vs. RH, .248 with RISP; 2-2 with a 4.50 since August 1. May was the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Year and deserved every bit of the accolades he received, bouncing back from a difficult 2010. He was simply dominant until he slowed down just a bit as the innings wore on in late August. Clearly Reading to start and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in Lehigh Valley come August.
Jonathan Pettibone, 21, Phils 3rd round pick in 2008; 27 starts; 10-11 with a 2.96 ERA; 161IP 149H 34BB 115K; 5HR allowed; 0.99 GO/AO; .248 opp. avg., 1.13 WHIP; 1.9BB/6.4K; .244 vs. LH, .253 vs. RH, .283 with RISP; 3.42 ERA Post All Star; Pettibone was consistently very, very good this year, making the FSL All Star game and hardly slowing down in the 2nd half of the season. Doesn’t allow walks or homers, two categories that will allow him to continue to be successful. 2012: Reading rotation
Julio Rodriguez, 21, Phils 8th round pick in 2008; 27 starts; 16-7 with a 2.76 ERA; 156.2IP 102H 56bb 168K; 0.46 GO/AO; .186 opp. avg., 13 HR allowed; 1.01 WHIP; 3.2BB/9.7K; .213 vs. LH, .159 vs. RH; .209 with RISP; 8-3 with a 2.56 ERA Post All Star. If you look at Rodriguez’ stats, he has the best line of any starter in the organization. He doesn’t get the attention of others because he doesn’t have the “stuff” others do, but a line like the one above can’t be ignored. He knows how to pitch, throws deep into games and lead the organization in Wins, all with a WHIP just above 1. 2012: Reading rotation.
Matthew Way, 24, Phils 5th round pick in 2009; Missed the entire season injured. Unsure of his current status, I am sure the Phils would love to have him back in Clearwater in 2012.