A look at the bullpen for Lehigh Valley and Reading. Included are relievers who were called up to the Phils in the later part of the season after the rash of injuries hit the Phillies who will be battling for roster sports next year. Next up will be the Clearwater and Lakewood bullpens.
Phillippe Aumont, 23, Acquired from Seattle in 2009; 41 games, 3-1 with a 4.26ERA; 15 saves; 44.1IP 34H 34BB 59K; 3HR allowed; 1.84 GO/AO; .209 opp. avg., 1.53 WHIP; 6.9BB/12.0K per nine; .213 vs. LH, .196 vs. RH, .219 with RISP. Aumont had a brutal April, went on the DL, and came back refreshed and fairly dominant until August. His issue remains control. His “stuff” can be filthy, but he gets himself in trouble with walks, which at a rate of 7 per nine innings will not fly at the major league level. Other than one bad outing for the Phils, Aumont has looked pretty good in late August/September. Grade: B-. 2013: I dont think he makes the Phils out of SPring Training but I expect to see him in Philly permanently come July.
Tyson Brummett, 28, Phils 7th round pick in 2007; 44 games (8 starts) between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA; 2 saves; 90IP 74H 29BB 83K; 4HR allowed; 1.24 GO/AO; .226 opp. avg., 1.14 WHIP; 2.9BB/8.3K per nine; .252 vs. LH, .250 vs. RH, .258 with RISP; After five seasons of minor league medicority, Brummett was very effective in 2012 doing whatever was asked of him (start, relieve) and doing it well. I have seen Brummett dozens of times, and he threw with far more confidence than in years passed. Grade: A; 2013: I believe Brummett is a minor league free agent after completing six minor league seasons and will go where he has the best shot to pitch regularly in a defined role.
Mike Cisco, 25, Phils 36th round pick in 2008; 40 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 5-3 with a 1.80 ERA; 3 saves; 75IP 66H 26BB 58K; 1.36 GO/AO; .244 opp. avg., 6 HR allowed; 1.22 WHIP; 3.1BB/7.0K per nine; Cisco was extremely solid this year but is far from overpowering. I dont expect him to be protected on the 40 man. Grade: B+; 2013: Lehigh Valley bullpen
Justin DeFratus, 24, Phils 11th round pick in 2007; 17 games; 0-1 with a 2.49 ERA; 3 saves; 21.2IP 15H 3BB 22K; 1.93 GO/AO; .202 opp. avg., .038 vs. LH, .292 vs. RH, .174 with RISP; 0.83 WHIP; 1.3BB/9.1K per nine. DeFratus missed the first three months of the season, but when he came back he looked like the DeFratus of 2011. Pinpoint control and overpowering at times. Grade: B, simply because of injury…would have been an A. 2013: I think he makes the Phillies out of Spring Training.
Jake Diekman, 25, Phils 30th round pick in 2007; 25 games; 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA for Lehigh Valley; 7 saves; 26.2IP 19H 13BB 37K; 1.53 GO/AO; .196 opp. avg., 1.20 WHIP; 4.4BB/12.5K per nine; .200 vs. LH, .194 vs. RH, .185 with RISP. DIekman was outstanding for Lehigh Valley with marginal control issues. Those marginal control issues became became much more signirifcant in Diekman’s time in Philly. Grade: A-; 2013: Lehigh Valley to start
Jeremy Horst, 28, Acquired from Cinncinati in 2011; 26 games; 2-1 with a 2.11 ERA for Lehigh Valley; 2 saves; 38.1IP 43H 18BB 32K; 3 HR allowed; 0.90 GO/AO; .283 opp. avg., .340 vs. LH, .257, vs. RH, .304 with RISP, 1.59 WHIP; 4.2BB/7.5K per nine. Horst was adequate for Lehigh Valley, was called up because of a series of injuries and has pitched very well for the Phillies. Grade: B 2013: Bouncing back and forth between Lehigh Valley and Philly.
Juan Morillo, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 40 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA; 59IP 47H 55BB 67K; 0.93 GO/AO; .219 opp. avg., 1.73 WHIP; 8.4BB/10.2K per nine; FOr Lehigh Valley: 8 games, 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA; 14.2IP 10H 11BB 22K; .185 opp. avg., 6.8B/13.5K per nine. Morillo started the season with little to no idea where the ball was going to go. By years end, he had a small idea. He has a very live arm and is very difficult to hit. He impressed me the two or three times I saw him, but the walk numbers inhibit success. Grade: C 2013: Another organization
David Purcey, 30, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 47 games; 1-4 with a 4.37 ERA; 57.2IP 57H 33BB 63K; 0.68 GO/AO; .260 opp. avg., 1.56 WHIP; 5.2BB/8.3K per nine; .265 vs. LH, .257 vs. RH, .255 with RISP. Purcey basically did what was asked of him this year. Like others, control was an issue. Grade: C; 2013: There are too many guys with bigeer upsides for Purcey to stick around.
JC Ramirez, 24, Acquired from Seattle in 2009; 45 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3-4 with a 4.01 ERA; 4 saves; 67.1IP 56H 31BB 52K; 6 HR allowed; 0.78 GO/AO; .230 opp. avg., 1.29 WHIP; 4.1BB/7.0K per ninel For Lehigh Valley: 29 games; 3-2 with a 4.28 ERA; 4oIP 36H 17BB 34K; 0.83 GO/AO; .250 opp. avg. Ramirez was up and down in 2012 in his transition to the bullpen, probably slightly more up than down. He has no options remaining which puts the Phils in a predicament. Still only 24 and with talent but can the Phils afford to allow him to develop in the big club’s bullpen? Grade: C+ 2013: Elsewhere
BJ Rosenberg, 27, Phils 13th round pick in 2008; 25 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA; 3 saves; 62IP 54H 18BB 73K 5 HR allowed; 1.39 GO/AO; .234 opp. avg., 1.16 WHIP; 2.6BB/10.6K per nine. Rosenberg was outstanding in the minors before getting called up on two occasions by the Phillies, finishing his year with Philadelphia. He pitched much better than his numbers indicated for the Phils, especially late in the year. Grade: B+ 2013: Rosenberg has put himself on the map and may have moved passed Schwimer on the organizational depth chart. He either makes the team as the 12th pitcher or is the first call up out of the ‘pen from lehigh Valley
Joe Savery, 26, Phils 1st round pick in 2007; 20 games; 1-1 woth a 4.24 ERA; 2 saves; 23.1IP 27H 9BB 26K: 3HR allowed; 1.93 GO/AO; .281 opp. avg., 1.54 WHIP; 3.5BB/10.0K per nine; .393 vs. LH, .235 vs. RH, .385 with RISP. Grade: D; Savery was not good for the Phils and also not good for Lehigh Valley. 2013: His days in the organization I believe are numbered. Even as a 1st round pick, there are just too many guys more effective then he is now and has the potential to be.
Michael Schwimer, 26, Phils 14th round pick in 2008; 15 games for Lehigh Valley; 3-1 with a 3.93 ERA; 6 saves; 18.1IP 17H 5BB 19K; 1.18 GO/AO; .239 opp. avg. 1.20 GO/AO; 2.4BB/9.3K per nine. Schwimer threw pretty well for Lehigh Valley and had been coming around to throw well for the Phillies when a disputed injury landed Schwimer on the shelf for the final 6 weeks of the season. Not injured enough for the DL, yet too injured to pitch Schwimer was in an organizational no mans land during late August thru September. Grade: C. 2013: I say he spends time in a major league bullpen but it wouldnt surprise me to see him in another uniform.
Lisalverto Bonilla, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2008; 31 games between Clearwater and Reading; 3-2 with a 1.55ERA; 4 saves; 46.1IP 31H 21BB 64K; 1 HR allowed; 1.03 GO/AO; .191 opp. avg., 1.12 WHIP; 4.1BB/12.4K per nine; Bonilla was throwing exceptionally well prior to his season ending horsing around in the hotel prior to the Futures Game in July. Grade: B+ (would have been an “A” but for the stupid injury) 2013: Reading to re-establish himself in April, then Lehigh Valley by mid May assuming all goes well.
Ryan Duke, 24, Phils 25th round pick in 2011 draft; 34 games across all four levels of the organization; 1-3 with a 3.69 ERA; 3 saves; 46.1IP 44H 20BB 64K; 3 HR allowed; 0.73 GO/AO; .254 opp. avg., 1.38 WHIP; 3.9BB/12.4K per nine; Duke looked good in Lakewood and CLearwater, was promoted to Reading where he struggled before being shut down for the year in late July. Grade: B-; 2013: Reading bullpen
Justin Friend, 26, Acquired in the Minor league Rule 5 draft in 2010; 50 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 4-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 25 saves; 54IP 45H 18BB 54K; 1.30 GO/AO; .228 opp. avg., 1.16 WHIP; 2.7BB/9.0K per nine. Overall an oustanding season for Friend but he had to be disappointed in his performance in the short lived chance he received in Lehigh Valley. In 12 games for the ‘Pigs he was 2-1 with a 4.40ERA but the opposition was hitting .339 against him, as opposed to just .178 during his extended time in Reading. Friend’s ERA in AA was a microscopic 0.23 in 38 games. Grade A- 2013: I hope he received another shot in Lehigh Valley, although I think he will be a minor league free agent.
Jay Johnson, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 31 games between Clearwater and Reading; 3-1 with a 4.50ERA; 32IP 35H 20BB 34K; 1.72 WHIP; 5.6BB/9.6K per nine; 1.20 GO/AO; .264 opp. avg., .219 vs. LH, .310 vs. RH, .286 with RISP. Johnson is another guy who was killed by the walk this year. Very effective against lefties but the high walk rate put him on the verge of a poor year. He is heading to Arizona for the Fall League which will be insightful to see what, if anything the Phils have in Johnson. Grade: C 2013: Reading to start
Tyler Knigge, 23, Phils 12th round pick in 2010; 55 games; 4-1 with a 1.43 ERA between Clearwater and Reading; 11 saves; 69.1IP 51H 23BB 70K; 1 HR allowed; 1.16 GO/AO; .204 opp. avg., 1.06 WHIP; 3.0BB/9.2K per nine; For Reading: 21 games; 0-2 with a 2.92 ERA; 7 saves; .263 opp. avg., 9.0K per nine; 1.48 WHIP. Outanding year for Knigge who has put himself on the radar screen. Gave up just 3 earned runs in 44/2 innings for Clearwater before being called up. He is heading to the Arizona Fall League and if he dominates could end up in Lehigh Valley but I think a month or two in Reading to start the season would benefit him. Grade: A
Julio Rodriguez, 22, Phils 8th round pick in 2008; 29 games (22 starts); 7-7 with a 4.23 ERA; 134IP 121H 76BB 136K; 0.56 GO/AO; .243 opp. avg., 1.47 WHIP; 5.1BB/9.1K per nine; 1-1 with a 4.40 ERA in 7 releief appearances; .275 vs. LH, .220 vs. RH, .200 with RISP. I am admittedly confused by both that we have in Rodriguez and what the Phils are trying to do with him. Until this year, he has put up outstanding numbers through the minors and the Phillies must decide whether to protect him on the 40 (which I doubt they will). He doesnt throw hard but still continues to get it done a majority of the time. Walks hurt him this year. Grade: C+; 2013: Lehigh Valley bullpen
Colby SHreve, 24, Phils 6th round pick in 2008; 47 games between Lakewood, CLearwater and Reading; 6-3 with a 3.69 ERA and 4 saves; 78IP 72H 38BB 64K; 7HR allowed; 1.84 GO/AO; .247 opp. avg., 1.41 WHIP; 4.3BB/7.4K per nine; For Reading: 28 games; 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA; 3 saves; 43IP 43H 25BB 29K; 1.69 GO/AO; .259 opp. avg; 1.58 WHIP. Shreve got caught in a numbers game at the beginning of the season ending up in Lakewood to start the year, which was a demotion. He effectively pitched his way back to Reading but put up very pedestrian numbers for the RPhils. Grade: C+ 2013: Reading bullpen
Kyle Simon, 22,Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; When Simon was traded to the Phils, he was 2-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 starts at High A in the Orioles organization. He was converted to a reliever immediately by the Phils. Between Clearwater and Reading, Simon threw in 20 games and was 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA and 3 saves; 39.2IP 22H 6BB 35K; 4.50 GO/AO; .160 opp. avg., 0.71 WHIP; 1.4BB/7.9K per nine. Simon simply dominated after he was acquired in the Jim Thome deal and is headed to the Arizona Fall League. Grade: A (for his work in the Phils organization) 2013: Reading ‘pen until early June, then Lehigh Valley call up if successful
Jordan Whatcott, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 44 games between CLearwater and Reading; 3-3 with a 3.78 ERA and 2 saves; 83.1IP 86H 36BB 62k; 1.14 Go/AO; .270 opp. avg., 1.46 WHIP; 3.9BB/6.7K per nine; For Reading: 1-3 with a 4.42 ERA in 38 games (7 starts); 1.61 WHIP; 4.0BB/6.3K per nine; .316 vs. LH, .283 vs. RH, .254 with RISP. Whatcott played a key role as a “swing man/innings eater” and did so with a modicum of effectiveness, but he tops out as a AA pitcher it appears. Grade: C 2013: I think Whatcott probably gets caught in the numbers game.