Report Card, Relief Pitchers, Upper Half

Lehigh Valley–Note: There were so many call ups to Philadelphia in 2013, it was difficult to decide who should or should not be included on this list, so I included all relievers that either finished the year with Lehigh Valley or were called up to Philadelphia during the year except DeFratus, Diekman and Stutes. I consider the three of them (when healthy) to have solidified their status as major leaguers rather than members of Lehigh Valley at this stage. The final report, on lower level relievers will be out by the end of the week.

Phillippe Aumont, 24, Acquired from Seattle in 2010; 32 games for Lehigh Valley; 0-2 with a 4.04ERA; 2 saves; 35.2IP 29H 38BB 42K; 1.22 GO/AO; .230 opp avg; 1.88WHIP; 9.6BB/10.6K per nine; .231 vs. LH, .230 vs. RH, .190 with RISP; For Phillies: 19 games; 1-3 with a 4.19ERA, 1.91 WHIP, .308 opp. avg;. My expectation going into the season for Aumont is that he could be a critical part of the Phillies bullpen.  That expectation ended fairly quickly as it became obvious, Aumont continues to have little idea where the ball is going to go when it leaves his hand.  He was sent back to Lehigh Valley on multiple occasions, (with perceived attitude problems to boot)and pitched poorly for the ‘Pigs.  Although the opposition has a very hard time hitting him, there is generally no need with a walk rate approaching 10 per 9 innings. Grade: F; 2014: If he is back, which I think is very questionable, next year is clearly make it or break it with the organization.

Justin Friend, 27, Acquired in the 2010 Rule 5 draft; 48 games 5-5 with a 4.30ERA; 1 save; 73.1IP 66H 47BB 59K; 8HR allowed; 1.64 GO/AO; .231 opp. avg; 1.54whip; 5.8bb/7.2k per 9; .321 vs. LHP, .168 vs. RHP; .225 with RISP; Post All STar Break: 16 games; 1-2 with a 2.55ERA; .195 opp avg; Friend was generally effective but troubled by a high walk rate that often got him in trouble.  Pretty drastic splits limited his season to slightly above mediocre.  His second half was what I expected all year. Grade: C; 2014: Friend becomes a minor league free agent and I highly doubt he is back.

Cesar Jiminez, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 36 games (3 starts); 4-2 with a 3.12ERA; 3 saves; 66.1IP 61H 26BB 64K 3HR allowed; 0.90 GO/AO; .247 opp. avg;1.31WHIP; 3.5BB/8.8K per 9; .276 vs. LH, .234 vs. RH, .250 with RISP; For the Phillies: 15 games; 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA (thru 9/19/13), .212 opp avg; 1.12WHIP. Jiminez threw very well for Lehigh Valley and when given the opportunity, has made the most of it with the Phillies.  Grade: B+; 2014: Unless the Phils keep Jiminez on the 40 man, he becomes a free agent at the end of the year. With another solid three weeks, I think he ends up on the 40 man and will fight for the long man job in Philly next year.

Zach Miner, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 27 games (12 starts); 5-6 with a 3.90ERA; 2 saves; 85.1IP 90H 28BB 54K; 5HR allowed; 1.55 GO/AO; .276 opp. avg; 1.38WHIP; 2.9BB/5.7K per 9; .268 vs. LH, .284 vs. RH, .271 with RISP; For Phils: 14 games; 0-1 with a 3.22ERA; 1.52WHIP; .262 opp avg; Miner was asked to perform a host of roles for Lehigh Valley and did a good job, into and out of the rotation. He has been up with the Phils for the last 6 weeks and has been used in low leverage situations. Overall, certainly a successful year. Grade: B; 2014: See Jiminez

Mauricio Robles, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 51 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 5-3 with a 1.97ERA; 9 saves; 64IP 35H 44BB 63K; 1HR allowed; 1.02 GO/AO; .167 opp. avg; .195 vs. LH, .104 vs. RH, .132 with RISP; 1.23 WHIP; 6.2BB/8.9K per 9; Post All Star Game: 17 games; 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (19IP); .121 opp avg. Pay attention to his line and look how he pitched late in the year. Does it get more dominant? The obvious down side is the high walk rate but with that said, Robles was dominant enough (.132 opp avg with RISP) that the walks rarely hurt him. He was called up to the Phils on Sept 1 but has gotten a very limited opportunity. Grade: A; 2014: Robles has no options left and must be on the 25 man roster on clear waivers to go back to the minors.  If the Phils try to send him back, he undoubtedly gets scooped up..a 24 year old LHP that help competition to a .167 average? I am disappointed that the Phillies arent using him more often to give him a real test at the major league level.

JC Ramirez, 25, Acquired from Seattle in 2010; 34 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 5-2 with a 4.04ERA; 3 saves; 49IP 44H 25BB 44K; 2HR allowed; 1.00 GO/AO; .232 opp. avg; 1.40 WHIP, 4.6BB/8.1K per 9; .288 vs. LH, .234 vs. RH, .237 with RISP; 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his last 14 AAA appearances; For the Phils: 15 games (thru 9/19); 0-1 with an 8.68ERA; 1.61WHIP; .316 opp. avg; Ramirez pitched well in the minors and has been abysmal thus far for the Phillies.  Grade: C+; 2014: A crapshoot as to whether or not Ramirez is back.

BJ Rosenberg, 28, Phils 9th round pick in 2008; 28 games (10 starts); 3-5 with a 4.52ERA; 2 saves; 75.2IP 80H 34BB 59K; 1.51WHIP; 4.0BB/7.0K per nine; 1.18 GO/AO; .270 opp avg; As a reliever: 18 games; 1-1 with a 2.66ERA; 1.26 WHIP. FOr the Phils: 18 games, 2-0 with a 3.31ERA; 1.16WHIP; .217 opp avg. Rosenberg struggled for most of the year for Lehigh Valley and then began pitching very well out of the bullpen in August, earning him a September 1 call up to Philadelphia.  After multiple call ups without success in Philly, Rosenberg has looked like a new pitcher this time around, throwing with high confidence and receiving work in high leverage situations. Grade: B. Based on his development in Philadelphia, I have to take his grade up a notch.  2014: Rosenberg is making a real run at solidifying a 2014 spot in the Phils bullpen.  If not, 2014 will be his last option year.

Joe Savery, 27, Phils 1st round pick in 2007; 21 games in Lehigh Valley; 3-1 with a 3.80 ERA; 2 saves; 23.2IP 18H 9BB 31K; 2.46 GO/AO; .196 opp. avg; 1.14WHIP; 3.4BB/11.8K per 9; .194 vs. LH, .218 vs. RH, .313 with RISP; For Phils: 14 games, 2-0 with a 3.94ERA; 1.44 WHIP; .233 opp. avg. Savery pitched well this year bouncing back and forth between Lehigh Valley and Philly but did miss an extended period of time on the DL. Still, as a first round draft pick, he has not done enough to solidify himself on the major league roster after 7 years in the organization. Grade: C+; 2014: His last option year is next year and I see a similar role bouncing back and forth as needed between the ‘Pigs and the Phils.

Jay Johnson, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 55 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 2-4 with a 3.11ERA; 3 saves; 55IP 41H 44BB 68K; 2HR allowed; 1.16 GO/AO; .204 opp. avg; 1.54WHIP; 7.2BB/11.1K per 9; FOr Lehigh Valley: 17 games, 0-2 with a 4.08ERA; 17.2IP 9H 19BB 22K; 0.86 GO/AO; .158 opp. avg; Johnson is almost a mirror image of Jake Diekman from a year or two ago.  Nasty stuff but awful control.  Grade: C; 2014: Lehigh Valley

Mike MacDougal, 36, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 37 games; 2-2 with a 5.40ERA; 45IP 45H 28BB 46K; 0.84GO/AO; .258 opp. avg; 1.62WHIP; 5.6BB/9.1K per 9; .313 vs. LH, .230 vs. RH, .300 with RISP. McDougal was picked up mid season as a stop gap for all the arms being called up to Philly. He was serviceable at best for the ‘Pigs.  Grade: C-; 2014: Not with the organization

Mike Nesseth, 25, Phils 17th round pick in 2010; 48 games between CW, Reading and LV; 1-5 with a 2.50ERA; 9 saves; 68.1IP 66H 20BB 34K; 1.45 GO/AO; .262 opp. avg; 1.25WHIP; 2.6BB/4.5K per 9; Nesseth did a great job putting himself on the map this year climbing from CLearwater to Lehigh Valley and throwing pretty consistently all year. Nesseth has been one of my “under the radar” guys for some time as he really knows how to pitch.  Grade: B; 2014: Lehigh Valley bullpen. Note: He is Rule 5 eligible this year. Prospect Ranking: 35


Brody Colvin, 23, Phils 7th round pick in 2009; 21 games (13 starts); 3-2 with a 6.40ERA; 77.1IP 79H 54BB 36K; 0.79 GO/AO; .272 opp. avg; .288 vs. LH, .261 vs. RH, .299 with RISP; 1.72WHIP; 6.3BB/4.2K per 9; Another awful year for Colvin who was last solid for Lakewood in 2010. He bounced between the rotation and the bullpen as well as on and off the DL, who the Phils seemingly clueless how to handle the bonus baby gone bad.  His BB/K rate tells the tale.  Grade: D-; 2014: Reading. He is Rule 5 eligible this year.

Tyler Knigge, 24, Phils 12th round pick in 2010; 48 games; 4-2 with a 4.25ERA; 3 saves; 65.2IP 60H 30BB 55K; 8HR allowed; 0.75 GO/AO; .237 opp. avg; 1.27WHIP; 4.1BB/7.5K per 9; .235 vs. LH, .238 vs. RH, .200 with RISP; Since Aug 1: 11 games; 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA; Very high expectations for Knigge as he entered 2013 and he wasn’t quite as good as I thought he would be, predominately because of a few too many walks…still, a successful year.  Grade: C+; 2014: Interesting decision about whether to protect Knigge on the 40 man or not as he is Rule 5 eligible.  I think the Phils end up protecting him and sending him to Lehigh Valley next year.

Hector Neris, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 46 games (8 starts); 6-4 with a 4.55ERA; 97IP 89H 39BB 93K; 14HR allowed; 0.71GO/AO; .241 opp avg; 1.32WHIP; 3.6BB/8.6K per 9; .268 vs. LH; .222 vs. RH, .238 with RISP; Post All Star Game: 20 games, 3-1 with a 2.67ERA. The fatal flaw for Neris this year was the HR ball, but other than his susceptibility to that, he pitched very well and was a rubber arm for the Fightins. I am not quite sure where he fits in based on the role in which he has been historically used but I am hoping room is found for him.  Minor league opponents have never hit higher than .241 against in each of his 4 seasons.  Grade: B-; 2014: Again, the Phils must make a 40 man decision. I think Neris is left unprotected but not taken and is in Lehigh Valley come 2014.

Colby Shreve, 25, Phils 6th round pick in 2008; 41 games between Clearwater and Reading; 3-3 with a 4.28ERA; 67.1IP 67H 34BB 48K; 0.79 GO/AO; .266 opp; avg; 1.50WHIP; 4.5BB/6.4K per 9; For Reading: 19 games, 1-2 with a 5.52ERA; 1.50 WHIP; .266 opp. avg. Very average numbers for SHreve who was mostly an innings eater this year. Grade: C; 2014: If he is back, I see him floating again between CLearwater and Reading.

Kyle Simon, 23, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; 45 games, 2-6 with a 4.45 ERA; 11 saves; 56.2IP 58H 22BB 33K; 2.91 GO/AO; .262 opp. avg; 1.41WHIP; 3.5BB/5.2K per 9; .301 vs. LH, .234 vs. RH, .227 with RISP; Post All Star: 19 games; 1-4 with a 3.91ERA, 5 saves. Simon was slightly above ok this year, a year during which a bit more was expected of him. Grade: C; 2014: Simon is right on the line between Reading and Lehigh Valley. Where he starts ’14 will depend on his SPring Training.

Juan Sosa, Soon to be 24, Signed as a free agent in 2007; 42 games (2 starts) between CLearwater and Reading; 5-5 with a 4.77ERA; 3 saves; 83IP 83H 45BB 69K; 1.10 GO/AO; .265 opp. avg; 1.54 WHIP; 5.4BB/7.9K per nine; FOr Reading: 35 games; 3-5 with a 5.58ERA; 1.68WHIP; .284 opp. avg; 5.2BB/7.1K per nine. Sosa was unable to effectively make the jump to AA, struggling for large portions of the year. His control made the fact that he was hittable even worse.  Grade: D+; 2014: Sosa is now a minor league free agent and I dont think he will be back.

Austin Wright, 24, Phils 8th round pick in 2011; 27 games (16 starts); 6-5 with a 5.92ERA; 94.1IP 91H 59BB 77K; 13HR allowed; 0.73GO/AO; .253 opp. avg; 1.59WHIP; 5.6BB/7.3K per 9; .240 vs. LH, .258 vs. RH, .248 with RISP; As a reliever: 11 games, 1-0 with a 5.06ERA; .175WHIP; .258 opp. avg.; Wright was one of the most disappointing stories of 2013 as after winning the FSL Pitcher of the Year in 2012,desperately struggled to find the plate, and therefore success.  He was removed from the rotation late in the year and the conversion to a reliever began with slightly more success (or less harm) than his first several months of the season.  Wright continues to have potential major league stuff if he can figure how to use it.  Grade: D; 2014: Reading to start


Dan Child, 21, Phils18th  round pick in 2013; 15 appearances between GCL and Clearwater; 0-0 with a 1.45 ERA and 2 saves; 18.2IP 13H 8BB 12K; 1.86 GO/AO; .203 opp. avg; 1.13WHIP; 3.9BB/5.8K per nine; .333 with RISP. Child looked very, very good after being drafted this season out of Oregon State and was receiving late inning opportunities for the Threshers by years end.  Grade: B+…I would like to see a bit better of a BB/K ratio.  2014: Starting in Reading may be a bit too aggressive, so Clearwater to start with the possibility of a quick promotion

Kenny Giles, 23, Phils 7th round pick in 2011 draft; 24 games, 2-2 with a 6.31ERA; 6 saves; 25.2IP 23H 19BB 34K; 0.72GO/AO; .237 opp. avg; 1.64WHIP; 6.7BB/11.9K per nine; .282 vs. LH, .207 vs. RH, .167 with RISP; Since Aug 1: 13 games, 1-2 with a 7.30ERA and 8.0BB/9. Very disappointing year for Giles who had two separate stints on the DL and was poor when activated.  He was unable to get the ball over the plate and had an astronomical walk rate that hurt him badly.  He threw over 100 on several occasions but that doesn’t help when you don’t force the opposition to lift the bat from their shoulders.  Grade: D-; 2014: Giles could easily turn this around because he has major league talent but I think you have to start him in CLearwater once again unless he is phenomenal in the Arizona Fall League. Prospect Ranking: 26

Jordan Guth, 22, Phils 9th round pick in 2012 draft; 40 games (5 starts) between Lakewood and CLearwater; 4-7 with a 4.72ERA; 1 save; 87.2IP 88H 50BB 62K; 7HR allowed; 0.98 GO/AO; .264 opp. avg; 1.57WHIP; 5.1BB/6.4K per nine; For Clearwater: 26 games, 3-3 with a 6.28ERA; 1.88WHIP; .303 opp. avg; Guth did not pitch well at all after his promotion from Lakewood, and like many other struggled to get the ball over the plate. Grade: D; 2014: Clearwater

Steven Inch, 22, Phils 6th round pick in 2009 draft; 45 games (2 starts) between Lakewood and CLearwater; 5-5 with a 3.62ERA; 11 saves; 82IP 74H 45BB 46K; 2.02GO/AO; .245 opp. avg; 1.45WHIP; 4.9BB/5.0K per nine; For Clearwater: 16 games, 4-1 with a 2.50ERA; 1.29WHIP; .213 opp. avg; Overall Inch had a good year and was named a SAL All star. He moved to CLearwater and continued to be effective. Long term, the high walk rate and low strikeout rate will catch up if not improved. Grade: B-; 2014: Inch is Rule 5 eligible and I don’t expect him to be protected or taken.  CLearwater to start the year.

Colton Murray, 23, Phils 13th round pick in 2011 draft; 47 games; 5-7 with a 5.02ERA; 11 saves; 66.1IP 66H 27BB 75K; 6HR allowed; 0.86 GO/AO; .256 opp. avg;  1.40WHIP; 3.6BB/10.2K per nine; .218 vs. LH, .275 vs. RH, .277 with RISP; Since Aug 1: 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA; Murray better than his ERA indicated, although with that said not a great year.  Grade: C; 2014: Murray did enough to move up to Reading

Ryan O’Sullivan, 23, Acquired from Dodgers in 2012; 53 games; 4-5 with a 2.52ERA: 6 saves; 75IP 71H 35BB 45K; 5 HR allowed; 2.51GO/AO; .256 opp. avg; 1.45 WHIP; 4.2BB/5.4K per nine; .237 vs. LH, .267 vs. RH, .218 with RISP; A solid but not spectacular year for O’Sullivan. Again, as he moves along the walks will catch up with him.  Grade: B-; 2014: Reading; Prospect Ranking: 40

Lee Ridenhour, 24, Phils 16th round pick in 2013 draft; 21 games between Williamsport, Lakewood and CW; 1-0 with a 3.25ERA; 3 saves; 36IP 33H 5BB 28K; 1.06 WHIP; 1.3BB/7.0K per 9; 1.41GO/AO; .244 opp. avg; Ridenhour,out of Austin Peay University threw very well until his limited time (3 games in CW).  Grade: B; 2014: CLearwater

16 thoughts on “Report Card, Relief Pitchers, Upper Half

  1. There has to be one GM out there who just loves Aumont’s stuff and is willing to take a chance on him.
    IMO, Ruben should pursue moving him for an org’s 19-year old ‘top 15’ prospect somewhere in A ball.

  2. It is amazing that so many of the pitchers that ended the season in the upper levels failed to reach expectations this season So many had control or injury issues. For example: Martin (control), Morgan (injury), Garner (control), Aumont (control), Biddle (control, injury), Colvin (control), Knigge (control), Wright (control, injury), Hernandez (injury), Giles (control, injury), etc. Even the guys like Johnson, Guth, Inch, and O’Sullivan have shown control issues.

    It seems only Severino, Nesseth, Buchanan, Rosin, Milner, Hanson, and Child met or exceeded expectations, and many of those guys at the beginning of the year were not considered on the same level as many of the names in the list above (i.e. it was easier to exceed expectations).

    1. Yikes…looking at it that way is depressing. I use to think the glass was half-full, you just turned it upside down!

      1. the glass is empty , not much talent in the pool , ive got my hopes pinned to the very recent draftees and international signings

  3. Remember when Colvin was one of our top 5 prospects two years in a row? Now he’s had two straight years with more walks than strikeouts.

    Impressive in a way.

  4. nobody really talks about this but what happens to these ‘minor league lifers’ who start approaching their 30’s without ML success and that financial benefits. I can’t imagine they make that much money in minors and in many situations they have dedicated critical years (20’s) on a job that is basically a dead end. How do they guys reassimilate to job markets as 30 something without other skill sets.

  5. The last pitcher on the list, Lee Ridenhour, seems to have pretty good control at 1.3bb/7k per 9 innings.

  6. Could it be with so many pitchers and all 3 organizations leading or top of the league in walks that the approach to pitchers and overall workouts maybe a reason for the stats, injuries, and overall lack of promise?

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