Post Season Report Card, Clearwater and Lakewood

Seems this report got lost in the mix….

Garrett Claypool, 24, Phils 11th round pick in 2010 draft; 20 games; 3-2 with a 7.30 ERA; 37IP 42H 15BB 43K; 0.49 GO/AO; .284 opp. avg., 1.54 WHIP; 3.6BB/10.5K per nine; .367 vs. LH, .227 vs. RH, .256 with RISP,  CLaypool has a very disappointing year with two long DL stints combined with marked ineffectiveness.  Grade: F; 2013: Claypool has shown some promise in 2010 and 2011 so I don’t think the Phils give up on him yet, Back to Clearwater to start.

Kenny Giles, 22, Phils 7th round pick in 2011 draft; 39 games (6 starts); 4-3 with a 3.59 ERA; 8 saves; 82IP 64H 50BB 111K; 6HR allowed; 0.79 GO/AO; .209 opp. avg., 1.39 WHIP; 5.5BB/12.2K per nine. FOr Clearwater: 10 games; 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA; 3 saves; .187 opp. avg., 1.09 WHIP. Once he was moved to the bullpen Giles really came into his own. Some additional pressure was put on him when Joe Jordan called him “the best arm in the organization”. Grade: B; 2013: Clearwater with a July call up to Reading if successful.

Tim Kennelly, 26, SIgned as a free agent in 2003; 10 games between Reading and Clearwater; 0-0 with a 6.23ERA; 8.2IP 8H 6BB 11K; Kennelly made the transition to pitcher mid season and I am not sure the Phils saw enough positives to give him one more year. He is throwing in the FLorida Instructional League which may end up being quite important for Kennelly’s future. Grade: Inc. 2013: Elsewhere

Colton Murray, 22, Phils 13th round pick in 2011 draft; 44 games between Lakewood and CLearwater; 1-4 with a 3.73 ERA and 8 saves; 60.1IP 60H 20BB 62K; 4HR allowed; 1.65 GO/AO; .259 opp. avg., 1.33 WHIP; 2.7BB/9.2K per Nine; FOr Clearwater: 19 games; 0-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 4 saves; .190 opp. avg., 0.88 WHIP; 2.0BB/11.1K per nine. Murray started slow in Lakewood, went on the DL, came off and was dominant the rest of the season. He was most dominating after his call up to Clearwater. Grade: B+; 2013: With a decent Spring, he lands in Reading.

Hector Neris, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 50 games; 4-2 with a 3.55 ERA; 6 saves; 78.2IP 64H  25BB 94K, 7HR allowed; 0.61 GO/AO; .221 opp. avg., 1.13 WHIP; 2.8BB/10.8K per nine; .218 vs. LH, .222 vs. RH, .250 with RISP. Very good season for Neris who gets little attention and just gets it done. Has shown durability, control, and the ability to punch out hitters in late innings. Grade: B+; 2013: Reading

Michael Nesseth, 24, Phils 17th round pick in 2010; 39 games (2 starts) between Lakewood and CLearwater; 7-3 with a 2.95 ERA; 11 saves; 76.1IP 58H 36BB 46K; 2 HR allowed; 1.37 GO/AO; .209 opp. avg., 1.23 WHIP; 4,2BB/5.4K per nine; For CW: 21 games; 2-2 with a 2.76 ERA; 8 saves; 1.26 WHIP; .238 opp. avg.  After a 2011 where Nesseth was a NYPL All Star, he followed that up with an even better 2012.  His control needs a bit of work, but Nesseth is one of those guys who knows how to pitch. He will be 25 at the start of the season, so I think the Phils will be aggressive and move him to Reading to start 2013. Grade: B+

Ryan O’Sullivan, 22, Acquired from Dodgers in 2012; 35 games (9 starts) between Dodgers and Phils organizations (A and High A); 10-7 with a 2.98 ERA: 99.2IP 85H 34BB 61K; 1.70 GO/AO; .227 opp. avg., 1.20 WHIP; 3.1BB/5.5K per nine; For CW: 6 games; 2-1 with a 2.45ERA all in relief. O’Sullivan had a crazy year between starting and the bullpen, two different levels and two different organizations but came out of it having had a good 2nd year of professional ball. Grade: B 2013: Clearwater to start but Phils will be aggressive.

Juan Sosa, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2007; 46 games ( 5 starts); 5-7 with a 4.26 ERA and 4 saves; 80.1IP 74H 30BB 79K; 1.24 GO/AO; .246 opp. avg., 1.29 WHIP; 3.4BB/8.9K per nine; .276 vs. LH,224 vs. RH, .341 with RISP. Sosa had a solid year but some eye popping numbers with RISP. Grade: C+ 2013: Reading


James Birmingham, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 13 games between Williamsport and Lakewood; 0-2 with a 13.09 ERA; 11IP 15H 16BB 9K; .313 opp. avg. Birmingham was just brutal, which can be explained by injury,  He spent most of the season on the DL after a good 2011. 2013: Possibly Lakewood if he makes it through Spring Training.

Zach Cooper, 22, Phils 15th round pick in 2012; 23 games between Williamsport and Lakewood; 2-3 with a 1.30 ERA; 6 saves; 34.2IP 23H 15BB 25K; 1.05 GO/AO; .183 opp. avg., 1.09 WHIP; 3.8BB/6.4K per nine; .171 vs. LH, .173 vs. RH, .097 with RISP.  Impressive debut for Cooper, who clearly knows how to pitch,  Grade: B+; 2013: Clearwater.

Blake Mascarello, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 16 games; 4-1 with a 264 ERA; 1 save; 30.2IP 34H 7BB 16K; 1.52 GO/AO; .291 opp. avg., 1.33 WHIP; 2.0BB/4.6K per nine; .205 vs. LH, .333 vs. RH, .321 with RISP.  Mascarello was serviceable when a rash of injuries hit.  Without upside to speak of, it is very questionable whether he makes a 2013 roster. Grade: C+

Luis Paulino, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2007; 36 games; 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA; 3 saves; 64.2IP 62H 22BB 56K; 4 HR allowed; 0.81 GO/AO; .253 opp. avg., 1.29 WHIP; 3.0BB/7.8K per nine; .307 vs. LH, .215 vs. RH, .253 with RISP. Paulino threw fairly well this year and should move along to Clearwater in 2013. Grade: B-

Felix Santos, 22, SIgned as a free agent in 2010; 21 games between GCL, Lakewood and Clearwater; 3-3 with a 1.42 ERA; 3 saves; 38IP 23H 8BB 38K; 0 HR allowed; 1.05 GO/AO; .172 opp. avg., 0.82 WHIP; 1.9BB/9.0K per nine. FOr Lakewood: 0-2 with a 1.57 ERA in 11 games; .200 opp. avg. Santos threw very well this year,his first in the States.  Grade: A-. 2013: Clearwater

4 thoughts on “Post Season Report Card, Clearwater and Lakewood

  1. It seems that there are some good pitchers in the upper levels of the system, but no outstanding ones that blow your mind there or at the lower levels. To me this means that the 15th (?) draft choice will & should be used to find one of the best pitchers in the country…together with an emphasis on pitchers on the other early picks plus additions of righty outfielders whose power might develop.
    The catching and infield vacancies seem to have been filled. Pitchers time.

    1. Top picks in 2012 and 2010 were pitchers, with almost half of the top ten last year—Watson, Gueller, Milner, Guth, Brady and unsigned Rash— being pitchers. My guess is the best righthanded power bat on the board at 15th.

  2. I got to talk to Birmingham during his time this year in Williamsport and he said almost the whole year he felt the injury . He said it has been awhile since his arm has felt right. He also said he wasn’t sure when he’d be able to throw again.

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