We look at the Starting Pitchers in the Bottom Half of the organization….Next up are relievers in the top half (LV, REA, CLW).
Ervis Manzanillo, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2009; 26 games, 8-7 with a 5.02 ERA; 118.1IP 114H 71BB 105K; 5 HR allowed; 1.56 WHIP; 5.4BB/8.0K; 1.27 GO/AO; .257 opp. avg., .200 vs. LH, .277 vs. RH, .281 with RISP; 4-3 with a 5.30 ERA in 2nd half. At times very good, and at times very bad for Manzanillo. No reason to rush him, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in Lakewood at the start of 2012
Jesse Biddle, 19, Phils 1st round pick in 2010; 25 games; 7-8 with a 2.98 ERA; 133IP 104H 66BB 124K, 5 HR allowed; 1.27 WHIP; 4.4BB/8.3K; .211 vs. LH, .221 vs. RH, 226 with RISP; 4-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 12 Post All Star starts. A very good year for Biddle who dominated post all star break and walked far fewer during that same time period. 2012: Clearwater rotation.
Garrett Claypool, 23, Phils 11th round pick in 2010; 27 games (23 starts); 5-7 with a 3.47 ERA; 137.1IP 111H 46BB 151K; 12HR allowed; 1.14WHIP; 3.0BB/9.9K; .201 vs. LH, .240 vs. RH, .236 with RISP; 3-4 with a 3.80 ERA in 2nd half. Claypool pitched well this year, with a nice K rate and a very good WHIP. I would be tempted to double bump to Reading based on age but they should but probably would be best to get 10-12 starts in High A.
Mario Hollands, 23, Phils 10th round pick in 2010; 28 games (15 starts); 6-6 with a 4.24 ERA; 97.2IP 109H 36BB 73K; 1.48 WHIP; 3.3BB/6.7K; .269 vs. LH, .289 vs. RH, .295 with RISP; 4-4 with a 4.64 ERA as a starter. More was expected out of Hollands then what he gave this year. I suspect he moves to Clearwater but his role may be outside the rotation.
Lisalberto Bonilla, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2008; 26 games (15 starts); 4-5 with a 2.80 ERA; 4 saves; 106IP 91H 29BB 95K; 1.13 WHIP; 2.4BB/8.1K; 4-4 with a 3.35 ERA; .282 vs. LH, .185 vs. RH, .131 with RISP; Bonilla climbed up the prospect ladder this year dominating at times. He had a few difficult outings towards the end of the year but his year overall was excellent. 2012: Clearwater rotation.
Austin Wright, 22, Phils 8th round pick in 2011; 8 games in Williamsport; 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA; 34.2IP 30H 13BB 44K; 1.23 GO/AO; .231 opp. avg., 3.4BB/11.4K; Lakewood: 7 starts: 1-2 with a 2.67 ERA; 33.2IP 29H 9BB 41K; 1.12 WHIP; 2.4BB/11.0K; 1.39 GO/AO; .238 opp. avg., .200 vs. LH, .253 vs. RH, .241 with RISP. A very good start to Wright’s minor league career, who signed quickly and got a good deal of work in before year’s end. 2012: Clearwater rotation.
Colin Klevan, 20, Phils 33rd round pick in 2009; 14 starts, 4-6 with a 4.84ERA; 67IP 68H 28BB 42K; 1.49 GO/AO; 5 HR allowed; .261 opp. avg; 1.43 WHIP; 3.7BB 5.5K; .295 vs. LH, .235 vs. RH, .316 with RISP. Klevan is a “pitch to contact” type of pitcher and needs better command if he is going to be successful. He pitched well at times, but was inconsistent. Most likely Lakewood to start 2012.
Mike Nesseth, 23, Phils 17th round pick in 2010; 13 starts, 3-6 with a 3.21 ERA; 61.2IP 56H 19BB 34K; 2 HR allowed; 1.72 GO/AO; .240 opp. avg., 1.21 WHIP; 2.7BB/4.9K; .282 vs. LH, .198 vs. RH, .254 with RISP. 0-4 with a 5.51 ERA since AUgust 1. Nesseth is recovering from significant arm injuries and pitched very well at the beginning of the season, only to have real issues late in the year raising red flags about his health. Nesseth has a good deal of talent and knows how to pitch, but it is a real question mark where the 23 year old starts next year based on his limited innings and his health.
Lino Martinez, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2009;13 starts; 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA; 67.2IP 64H 23BB 46K; 1.10 GO/AO; 3HR allowed; .258 opp. avg., 1.28 WHIP; 3.0BB/6.1K; .318 vs. LH, .225 vs. RH, .277 with RISP. Martinez threw very well, with his stats against lefties the concern. Still, ready for Lakewood in 2012.
Adam Morgan, 21, Phils 3rd round pick in 2011 draft; 11 starts- 3-3 with a 2.01 ERA; 53.2IP 42H 14BB 43K; 2HR allowed; 1.18 GO/AO; .206 opp. avg., 1.04 WHIP; 2.3BB/7.2K; .314 vs. LH, .149 vs. RH, .268 with RISP. Morgan is clearly ready for the next level of competition after posting an excellent line after signing. WOuldn’t be surprised to see him in Clearwater very quickly.
Percy Garner, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2010; 8 games, 4 starts; 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA; 30IP 29H 9BB 30K; 2.11 GO/AO; .252 opp. avg., 1.26 WHIP; 2.7BB/9.0K. Garner was finally healthy at the end of the season, but is way behind after missing parts of two seasons injured. He pitched well but I think there is a need for him to get 10-12 good starts in Lakewood before moving him to CLearwater.
Ethan Stewart, 20, Phils 47th round pick in 2010; 13 starts between GCL and Williamsport; 5-4 with a 3.39 ERA; 63.2IP 66H 27BB 60K; 2.18 GO/AO; .275 opp. avg., 1.46 WHIP; 3.8 BB/8.6K. Stewart proved that he knows how to pitch, which may earn him a start at Lakewood with a push back to Williamsport at the beginning of their season.
Ramon Oviedo, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 12 games (10 starts); 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA; 56IP 51H 22BB48K; 0.97 GO/AO; .248 opp. avg., .153 vs. LH, .286 vs. RH, .218 with RISP; 3.5BB/7.7K. Oviedo pitched well and is probably ready for a shot at the Lakewood rotation.
Josh Warner, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 12 games (10 starts); 2-6 with a 6.91 ERA; 54.2IP 72H 12BB 48K; 7 HR allowed; 1.19 GO/AO; .319 opp. avg., 1.54 WHIP. .258 vs. LH, .335 vs. RH, .412 with RISP. Warner was hit very, very hard after coming over from Australia. Back to the GCL for 2012.
Jon Musser, 19, Phils 21st round pick in 2010;14 games (9 starts); 1-6 with a 6.44 era; 43.1IP 52H 26BB 25K; 0.89 GO/AP; .284 opp avg., 1.80 WHIP; 5.4BB/5.3K; .242 vs. RH, .324 vs. LH, .276 with RISP. Musser was generally unimpressive, struggling with his control and getting hit hard. Hard to see him getting promoted based on this sample.
Luis Gonzalez, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 12 games (7 starts); 3-2 with a 5.74 ERA; 42.1IP 51H 24BB 40k; 1.43 GO/AO; .298 opp. avg., .259 vs. RH, .306 vs. LH, .284 with RISP; 1.77 WHIP. Gonzalez struggled in his first go around in the STates. Back to the GCL in 2012.
Steven Inch, 20, Phils 6th round pick in 2009; 8 games (5 starts); 0-1 with a 5.70 ERA; 23.2IP 31H 9BB 20K; 1.29 GO/AO; .316 opp. avg., 1.69 WHIP; 3.4BB/7.6K; Inch struggled as much as anyone else but has the advantage of being a 6th round draft pick in his 3rd year with the Phillies. They will need to push him to at least WIlliamsport to get another good look.
Casey Barnes, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 5 games (3 starts) between GCL and WIlliamsport; 2-1 with a 6.52 ERA; 19.1 IP 23h 3BB 9K; 2.62 GO/AO; .295 opp. avg. A 23 year old at Rookie Ball, pitching ineffectively…I would be surprised to see him next year.