The last of the Around the System reports….
Tyler Knigge, 22, Phils 12th round pick in 2010; 43 games; 4-3 with a 3.32 ERA; 4 saves; 65IP58H 24BB 54K; 0.97 GO/AO; .243 opp. avg., .237 vs. LH, .246 vs. RH, .290 with RISP; 1.26 WHIP; 3.3BB/7.4K. Knigge had a pretty good year, although was inconsistent at times. 2012: Clearwater
Jay Johnson, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 40 games; 1-5 with a 2.94 ERA; 5 saves; 49IP 41H 35BB 49K; 0HR allowed; 1.94 GO/AO; .228 opp. avg., .208 vs. LH, .236 vs. RH, .213 with RISP; 1.55 WHIP; 6.5BB/9.0K; Johnson pitched well and didn’t give up a homer in his 49 innings, a nice trait for a late inning guy. Still, his walk rate is huge and will need work in Clearwater next season.
Chase Johnson, 23, Phils 21st round pick in 2009; 38 games; 4-6 with a 4.31 ERA; 71IP 73H 27BB 64K; 3 HR allowed; 0.60 GO/AO; .268 opp. avg., .309 vs. LH, .249 vs. RH, .291 with RISP. 1.41 WHIP; 3.3BB/7.9K. Not awful, but not good for the 23 year old Johnson. More was expected of him after making the NYPL All Star Team in 2010. 2012: Clearwater bullpen.
Lendy Castillo, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2006; 21 games; 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA; 46IP 37H 16BB 46K; 1 Hr allowed; 0.84 GO/AO; .220 opp. avg., .271 vs. LH, .184 vs. RH, .150 with RISP; 1.15 WHIP; 3.1BB/9.0K. Castillo threw very well and should start 2012 in Clearwater with the potential for a July callup to Reading.
Ryan Duke, 23, Phils 25th round pick in 2011; 21 games between WIlliamsport and Lakewood; 0-0 with a 0.78 ERA; 7 saves; 23IP 10H 5BB 27K; 1.00 GO/AO; .128 opp. avg; 0.65 WHIP;1.9BB/10.5K. Duke completely dominated the lower levels as a 22 year old should. Other than his age, no reason to rush the 2011 draft pick. 2012: CLearwater.
Hector Neris, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 15 games in Williamsport; 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA; 24IP 17H 8BB 29K; 0.38 GO/AO; .198 opp. avg; 19 games for Lakewood; 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA; 35IP 34H 9BB 43K; 1.00 GO/AO; .245 opp. avg., 1.22 WHIP; 2.3BB/11.1K. Dominant for Williamsport, less so in Lakewood, but with very good peripherals. 2012: Clearwater.
Gabrial Arias, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2007; 24 games; 1-2 with a 2.97 ERA; 7 saves; 36.1IP 36h 12bb 31K; 0Hr allowed; 1.43 GO/AO; .261 opp. avg., .304 vs. LH, .234 vs. RH, .232 with RISP; 1.25 WHIP; 2.7BB/7.6K. 2011 was Arias’s 5th season playing in the organization but first in the States. If the Phils have a long term interest in him, he has to be pushed to at least Clearwater in 2012.
James Birmingham, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 22 games between GCL and WIlliamsport; 3-1 with a 1.72 ERA; 9 saves; 31.1IP 16H 14BB 39K; 1.45 GO/AO; .148 opp. avg., 0.95GO/AO; 4.0BB/11.2K. Time to be aggressive with Birmingham’s movement. A start in Reading isn’t out of the question, although Clearwater is more likely.
Austin Brough, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 20 games; 2-3 with a 0.47 ERA; 1 save; 38IP 35H 5BB 23K; 1.28 GO/AO; .254 opp. avg., .111 vs. LH, .323 vs. RH, .229 with RISP; 1.05 WHIP; 1.1BB/5.4K. Brough pitches to contact and has excellent command. The lefty is clearly ready for a move up, but I’m not sure how far. I would start him in Lakewood, but with aggressive early season movement to Clearwater if successful in April and May.
Matt Campbell, 24, Phils 24th roud pick in 2011; 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 15 games; 29.1IP 26H 9BB 13K; 1.69 GO/AO; .239 opp. avg., .218 vs. LH, .255 vs. RH, .323 with RISP; 1.19 WHIP; 2.7BB/3.9K.
Cody Fick, 23, Phils 23rd round pick in 2011 draft; 15 games (2 starts); 3-1 with a 3.89 ERA; 37IP 29H 22BB 28K; 3 HR allowed; 0.95 GO/AO; .213 opp. avg., 1.37 WHIP; 5.3BB/6.7K; Walked too many hitters but otherwise was decent. 2012: Lakewood.
Juary Gomez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2008; 24 games; 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA; 10 saves; 38IP 32H 10BB 31K; 0.77 GO/AO; .227 opp. avg., 1.10 WHIP; 2.4BB/7.3K. Gomez threw very nicely and is ready for a key role in the Lakewood bullpen in 2012.
Bryan Morgado, 22, Phils 4th round pick in 2010; 17 games between Lakewood and WIlliamsport (3 starts); 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA, 1 save; 43IP 36H 17BB 44K; 1.08 GO/AO; .225 opp. avg., .250 vs. LH, .202 vs. RH, .143 with RISP. 1.23 WHIP; 3.5BB/9.1K. Morgado’s biggest issue has been his health which has held him back. He has very good stuff but spent time on the DL on two different occasions this year. 2012: Lakewood to start but potential quick movement.
Colton Murray, 21, Phils 13th round pick in 2011; 22 games; 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA; 30IP 28H 12BB 23K; 1.68 GO/AO; .241 opp. avg., .255 vs. LH, .231 vs. RH, .171 with RISP. The Kansas University product did what he needed to do to move to Lakewood to start 2012.
Jesus Pirela, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2006; 17 games; 3-0 with a 4.34 ERA; 29IP 27H 17BB 31K; 1.51 WHIP; 5.6BB/9.6K; .292 vs LH, .210 vs. RH, .167 with RISP. Pirela will be entering his 6th year pitching in the organization and has substantial control issues in Williamsport. I can’t see him advancing based on what we have seen so far.
Ian Durham, 22, Phils 28th round pick in 2011; 18 games; 1-0 with a 3.62 ERA; 2 saves; 32.1IP 36H 10BB 24K; 0.84 GO/AO; .293 opp. avg., 1.42 WHIP; 2.8BB/6.7K; .158 vs. LH, .353 vs. RH, .294 with RISP. Durham probably showed enough to move on in 2012 to Williamsport, but barely.
Paul Cusick, 23, Phils 29th round pick in 2011; 18 games; 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA; 40.1IP 36H 16BB 39K; 0.95 GO/AO; .231 opp. avg., 1.28 WHIP; 3.5BB/8.7K. Cusick, a Penn product, got a cup of coffee in Williamsport at the end of the year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in Lakewood in a middle relief role.
Rye Davis, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 17 games; 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA: 4 saves; 27IP 18H 10BB 25K; 0.79 GO/AO; .178 opp. avg., 1.03 WHIP; 3.3BB/8.3K. Davis was impressive and should start in Lakewood.
Fabian Cota, 19, 15 games; 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA; 23IP 21H 12BB 25K; 0.83 GO/AO; .250 opp. avg., 1.43 WHIP; 4.6BB/9.8K. Cota showed some promise in his first year pitching in the STates. Williamsport in 2012.
Andre Kinder, 22, Phils 42nd round pick in 2011; 13 games; 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA; 2 saves; 24.2IP 17H 12BB 31K; 1.17 WHIP; 4.3BB/11.3K; 0.68 GO/AO; .193 opp. avg., Kinder was a nice surprise for such a late draft pick. Could see time in Lakewood in 2012.
Craig Fritsch, 23, Phils 10th round pick in 2010; 13 games; 0-1 with a 9.58 ERA; 10.1IP 11H 18BB 9K; Fritsch obviously had all kinds of control issues. A relatively high draft pick who went backwards this year. I would be surprised if he is back.
Yacksel Rios, 18, Signed by Phils as a free agent; 10 games; 0-1 with a 8.74 ERA; 11.1IP 14H 14BB 10K. First time pitching in U.S. and needs a good deal of work. Back to GCL next year.
Jorge Serrano, 18, Signed by Phils as a free agent; 7 games; 0-0 with a 9.35 ERA; 8.2IP 12H 11BB 3K. See Rios, above.
Carlos Best, 20, Signed by Phils as a free agent in 2008; 4 games; 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA. Converted OF, who needs alot more work on the hill.
Kenny Giles, 21, 7th round pick in 2010 draft, 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA in 3 games. Giles, who has a good deal of talent, was a late signee and didn’t get much of an opportunity to pitch. Williamsport in 2012.
Marek Minarek, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2010 by Phils. Pitched in 2 games in GCL.