A look at the bullpen in the upper parts of the Phils system. The final “Around the System” which looks at the bullpen in the lower levels of the system should be out Friday.
Phillies Bullpen 2012: Brad Lidge has a $12.5 million club option that the Phils will decline; could possibly be back for less; Ryan Madson is a free agent and will get closers money; Jose Contreras is signed next season with a club option for 2013; Kyle Kendrick is ARB eligible again and will more than likely see a raise from his $2.45M in 2011 into the $4-5 million range; David Herndon, Antonio Bastardo and Mike STutes are all under contract for next season.
Michael Schwimer, 25, Phils 14th round pick in 2008 draft; 47 games; 9-1 with a 1.85 ERA; 10 saves; 68IP 51H 22BB 86K; 4 HR allowed; 0.75 GO/AO; .203 opp avg; 1.07 WHIP; 2.9BB/11.4K; .307 vs. LH, .133 vs. RISP, .167 with RISP. Schwimer received plenty of honors at the AAA level in 2011, including being named the Lehigh Valley pitcher of the year and to Baseball America’s AAA All Star Team. He was exceptional for the ‘Pigs. His splits however are drastic and to have success in the bigs, he is gonna have to find a way to get lefties out. He has the intelligence and work ethic to figure it out. 2012: Battling with DeFratus and others for the last few bullpen spots in Philly. There should be at least one, possibly two openings.
Justin DeFratus, 23, Phils 11th round pick in 2007 draft; For Reading: 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 23 games; 8 saves; 34.1IP 28H 14BB 43K; 1 HR allowed; 3.6BB/11.2K; 1.22 WHIP; 2.16 GO/AO; .224 opp. avg. Lehigh Valley: 2-3 with a 3.73 ERA in 28 games; 7 saves; 41IP 35H 11BB 56K; 1.12 WHIP; 2.4BB/12.2K; 1.60 GO/AO; .230 opp. avg., .254 vs LH, .213 vs. RH, .286 with RISP; 2.81 ERA with 14.6K rate since Aug 1. DeFratus had an outstanding year figuring out AAA relatively quickly and getting the September callup to Philly. I would be surprised if he were not in the Phillies bullpen next year.
Phillipe Aumont, 22, Acquired from Seattle in 2009; Reading: 1-5 with a 2.32 ERA in 25 games; 4 saves; 31IP 23H 11BB 41K; 1.09 WHIP; 3.1BB/11.9K; 2.05 GO/AO; .195 opp. avg., Lehigh Valley: 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA; 18 games; 3 saves; 22.2IP 21H 14BB 37K; 1.54 WHIP; 5.5BB/14.7K; 1.00 GO/AO; .244 opp. avg., .257 vs. LH, .235 vs. RH, .276 with RISP; Aumont’s season has to be considered very successful after such a disappointing ’10. I have rarely seen a pitcher dominate the way he does when he is on, however he is his worst enemy with some control issues cropping back up in Lehigh Valley. 2012: Lehigh Valley closer with a September callup.
Juan Perez, 33, Signed as a free agent prior to 2011 season; 0-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 36 games; 4 saves; 36.1IP 37H 25BB 53K; 1.71 WHIP; 6.1BB/13.1K; 1.26 GO/AO; .262 opp. avg., .250 vs. LH, .269 vs. RH, .429 with RISP; 17.47 ERA post all star break. Perez was absolutely awful the second half of the season and was designated for assignment off of the 40 man roster after the ‘Pigs last game. 2012: Gone.
Chance Chapman, 27, Phils 8th round pick in 2007; 2-2 with a 5.29 ERA in 17 games; 32.1IP 37H 10Bb 27K; 1.45 WHIP; 2.7BB/7.5K; 1.00 GO/AO; .289 opp. avg., .333 vs. LH, .260 vs. RH, .222 with RISP. Chapman was injured quite a bit and unimpressive when healthy this year. 2012 is a real question mark as to whether he is back. He hasn’t done anything to distinguish himself.
Joe Savery, 25, Phils 1st round pick in 2007; 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 25 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 2 saves; 25IP 23H 6BB 41K; 1.58 GO/AO; .246 opp. avg., .192 vs. LH, .286 vs. RH, .240 with RISP; 2.2BB/14.7K; 1.16 WHIP. The story is an incredible one and has been well documented so I won’t go into much more detail other than to say Savery was excellent. I can’t believe I am saying this, but he likely will start the year in the Phils bullpen unless he has an awful Spring Training.
Mike Cisco, 24, Phils 36th round pick in 2008; 8-0 with a 1.59 ERA; 29 games; 3 saves; 62.1IP 39H 29BB 51K; 0.92 GO/AO; .182 opp. avg., 4.1BB/7.3K; 1.09 WHIP; .187 vs. LH, .179 vs. RH, .135 with RISP; 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA Post All Star. Cisco is one of those guys that doesn’t get much publicity but just gets outs, in just about every appearances. His numbers are eye opening. He must be protected on the Phils risk losing him in the Rule 5. I doubt he gets protected and if he doesn’t get picked up, Lehigh Valley for 2012.
Jacob Diekman, 24, Phils 30th round pick in 2007; 0-1 with a 3.05 ERA; 3 saves; 65IP; 47H 44BB 83K; 3 HR allowed; 1.40 WHIP; 6.0BB/11.4K; .099 vs. LH, .262 vs. RH, .194 with RISP; 1.60 GO/AO; .199 opp. avg., 0-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 21 post all star appearances. I think Diekman may very well have played himself onto the 40 man roster with his performance after May. He is a side-arming lefty who is devastating against lefties. With the trouble the Phils have had in that area, protecting him makes sense. His control is what needs to be worked on in Lehigh Valley next season.
Jordan Ellis, 26, Phils 28th round pick in 2008; 2-1 with a 6.49 ERA in 25 games between Clearwater and Reading; 34.2IP 38H 18BB 42K; 1.61 WHIP; 4.6BB/10.9K; 1.31 GO/AO; .275 opp. avg., Ellis looked good at Clearwater before struggling at getting hurt in Reading, missing the second half of the season. 2012: Reading
Justin Friend, 25, Acquired in the 2010 Minor League Rule 5 draft; 55 games; 3-7 with a 2.75 ERA between Clearwater and Reading; 28 saves; 59.1IP 49H 16BB 61K; 1.73 GO/AO; .224 opp. avg., 1.09 WHIP; 2.4BB/9.3K; .208 vs. LH, .288 vs. RH. Friend made the Florida State League All Star team racking up saves and continued to pitch well in Reading, although with a few bumps in the road. 2012: Reading.
Chris Kissock, 26, Phils 9th round pick in 2007; 3-7 with a 4.82 ERA; 37 games (7 starts); 102.2IP 107H 25BB 69K; 1.28 WHIP; 2.2BB/6.0K; 0.93 GO/AO; .272 opp. avg., .276 vs. RH, .267 vs. LH, .302 with RISP; Kissock was awful as a starter early in the season and was moved back to the bullpen, predominately in long relief where he did a nice job. 2012: Lehigh Valley long man.
Derrick Loop, 27, Re-signed as a free agent prior to 2011 season; Clearwater: 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA in 27 games; 3 saves; 32IP 22H 16BB 30K; 1.19WHIP; 4.5BB/8.4K; 1.32 GO/AO; .202 opp. avg., Reading: 19 games; 1-3 with a 5.29 ERA; 34Ip 34H 15BB 32K; 4.0BB/8.9K; 1.44 WHIP; 1.68 Go/AO; .258 opp. avg. Loop fell off dramatically with his callip to Reading. If will be back if the organization needs a middle innings guy at A/AA.
BJ Rosenberg, 26, Phils 13th round pick in 2008; 39 games (14 starts) ; 5-7 with a 4.28 ERA; 2 saves; 109.1IP 114H 38BB 103K; 11HR allowed; 1.10 GO/AO; .275 opp. avg; 1.39 WHIP; 3.1BB/8.4K; .266 vs. Lh, .285 vs. RH, .269 with RISP; 1-3 with a 2.27 ERA as a reliever. The Phils have bounced Rosenberg around like a ping pong ball, changing roles often. Rosenberg has talent and seemed to settle back in as a back end of the bullpen guy at the end of the year. A 40 man roster decision must be made on Rosenberg, who should be in lehigh Valley next year.
Les Walrond, 34, Signed as a free agent during 2011 season; 4-2 with a 1.80 ERA in 33 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3 saves; 45IP 34H 22BB 47K; 1.24 WHIP; 4.4BB/9.4K; 1.30 GO/AO; .210 opp. avg., Walrond was very effective for both the RPhils and the ‘Pigs after being picked up out of the Independent League mid-season. Walrond can be an effective part at this level but his major league chances are most likely behind him.
Jordan Whatcott, 26, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 45 games; 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA; 11 saves; 63IP 61H 18BB 46K; 1.93 GO/AO; .266 opp. avg., .320 vs. LH, .225 vs. RH, .203 with RISP; 1.25 WHIP; 2.5BB/6.5K; Whatcott was both very good and durable in the role given to him. 2012: Reading.
Ebelin Lugo, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2007; 41 games, 2-6 with a 4.66 ERA between Lakewood and Clearwater; 3 saves; 63.2IP 72H 13BB 51K; 10HR allowed; 1.33 WHIP; 1.8BB/7.2K; A disappointing year for Lugo who will be entering his 6th year in the organization in 2012. I would imagine that he is back in Clearwater to start 2012.
Eric Pettis, 23, Phils 35th round pick in 2010; 47 games between Lakewood and CLearwater; 2-3 with a 2.84 ERA; 5 saves; 69.2IP 59H 16BB 55K; 1.07 WHIP; 2.0BB/7.1K; 1.24 GO/AO; .230 opp. avg., .261 vs. LH, .228 vs. RH, .361 with RISP. Pettis dominated Lakewood and then was good in Clearwater,although with very troubling numbers with RISP. He slowed significantly in the second half of the year as the innings wore on. Still, good enough for Reading in 2012.
Andy Loomis, 25, Signed as a free agent during 2011 season; 24 games; 1-2 with a 1.14 ERA 3 saves; 31.2IP 27H 10BB 39K; 1.16 GO/AO; .231 opp. avg., 1.16 WHIP; 2.8BB/11.0K; .186 vs. LH, .278 vs. RH, .229 with RISP. Loomis, originally a Marlins draft pick in 2008 (Purdue) pitched very well for the Threshers. I would like to see him back, and in Reading in 2012.
Juan Sosa, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2007; 47 games between Lakewood and CLearwater; 4-2 with a 3.63 ERA; 72IP 59H 24BB 61K; 1.13 GO/AO; .228 opp. avg; 1.15 WHIP; 3.0BB/7.3K; Sosa actually threw better in Clearwater then he did for Lakewood this year. Look for Sosa to start in Clearwater but a quick move to Reading isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Tommy Palica, 24, Signed as a free agent during 2011 season; 1-1 with a 7.66 ERA in 14 games. Not really much more to say.