Around the System–Starting Pitchers

A first look at at how starting pitchers are faring around the organization.  Next up is a look at relief pitchers.

Lehigh Valley

David Buchanan, 25, Phils 7th round pick in 2010 draft; 9 starts; 5-1 with a 3.98 ERA; 40.2IP 47H 13BB 31K; 3 HR allowed; 1.48 WHIP; 1.08 GO/AO; .301 opp. avg.; 2.9BB/6.9K per nine; .297 vs. LHH, .305 vs. RHH, .217 with RISP; 2-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 3 May starts.  Buchanan started the year very strong but has hit somewhat of a wall as of late.  Too early to pan ic, but a raised eyebrow.

Barry Enright, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 8 starts; 1-2 with a 3.97ERA; 1CG; 45.1IP 45H 13BB 28K; 7HR allowed; 0.84 GO/AO; .256 opp. avg; 1.27WHIP; 2.6BB/5.6K per 9; .207 vs. LHH; .298 vs. RHH; .235 with RISP; 1-0 with a 2.78 ERA in 3 May starts; Enright started slowly but has really come around in May, culminating with a masterful CG in his last start.

Sean O’Sullivan, 26, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 8 starts; 1-3 with a 3.75ERA; 48IP 52H 15BB 21K; 3HR allowed; 0.78 GO/AO; .277 opp. avg; 1.40 WHIP; .330 LHH; .227 vs. RHH; .354 with RISP; O’Sullivan is far from overpowering but has done a decent job “pitching to contact” and has put the ‘Pigs in a place where they can be competitive in games he starts.

Jon Pettibone, 23, Phils 3rd round pick in 2008; 5 starts; 2-0 with a 3.42ERA; 26.1IP 22H 6BB 13K; 0.67 GO/AO; .224 opp. avg.; 1.06 WHIP.  Pettibone was placed on the DL last Saturday and his immediate future is a question mark as this is the second times this year he has missed time with shoulder issues.  He is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews this week which is never a good sign.  Without overpowering anyone, Pettibone has thrown very well this year but he has been unable to go deep into games.

Greg Smith, 30, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2014; 8 starts; 4-1 with a 3.72ERA; 48.1IP 52H 13BB 27K; 4HR allowed; 0.75 GO/AO; .284 opp. avg; 1.34 WHIP; 2.4BB/5.0K per 9; .348 vs. LHH; .263 vs. RHH; .241 with RISP; Smith has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the minors for the Phils at the quarter mark of the season.  He knows how to pitch and doesnt walk people.


Jesse Biddle, 22, Phils 1st round pick in 2010; 9 starts; 3-4 with a 3.28ERA; 50.2IP 40H 22BB 58K; 4HR allowed; 1.13 GO/AO; .212 opp. avg., 1.22WHIP; 3.9BB/10.3K per nine; .176 vs. LHH; .219 vs. RHH; .185 with RISP; The numbers are more impressive than I thought them to be.  Biddle was inconsistent early on but the overall body of work looks very, very good.  Command issues occasionally linger with plenty of deep counts, but I would expect Biddle to be in Lehigh Valley come July if he keeps this up.

Perci Garner, 25, Phils 2nd round pick in 2010; 9 starts; 4-2 with a 3.57ERA; 45.1IP 37H 21BB 37K; 1.73 GO/AO; .220 opp. avg; 1.27 WHIP; 4.2BB/7.3K per nine; Garner has thrown very well and has opened eyes in a few outstanding starts.

Severino Gonzalez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 9 starts; 4-3 with a 5.22ERA; 50IP 53H 10BB 36K; 4HR allowed; 0.78 GO/AO; .272 opp. avg; .234 vs. LHH; .290 vs. RHH; 1.26WHIP; .429 with RISP; Gonzalez had one atrocious start that greatluy bloated his numbers and other than that start has pitched fairly well, albeit not as well as some thought he would.  His control is excellent, but seems to fall apart at times with runners on base.

Hoby Milner, 23, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; 7 starts; 3-2 with a 4.06ERA; 38IP 37H 18BB 19K; 8HR allowed; 1.45 WHIP; .266 opp. avg; 4.3BB/4.5K per 9; Milner missed about 2 and half weeks injured and has been mediocre so far for the FIghtins.  Too many walks, far too many homers and not missing enough bats.  Milner is a guy I expect to take it up a notch over the next 4-6 weeks.

Mike Nesseth, 26, Phils 17th round pick in 2010; 11 games (5 starts) between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 27.1IP 45H 13BB 16K; 6HR allowed; 1.35 GO/AO; .369 opp. avg; 2.12WHIP; 4.3BB/5.3K per 9; Nesseth was a guy I had big hopes for entering the season, but the first quarter has turned into an unmitigated disaster.  He was awful in the Lehigh Valley bullpen, sent down to Reading and made starter and has gotten no better.  Opponents have been consistently all over him this year.


Brody Colvin, 23, Phils 7th round pick in 2009; 7 games(4 starts) between Reading and CLearwater; 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA; 15.2IP 16H 12BB 5K; 1.11 GO/AO; .281 opp. avg; 6.9BB/2.9K per 9; Colvin has lasted no more than 4 innings in any start and look no further than the walk to strikeout ratio in deciding that something is simply not right with Colvin whether it be his arm or his head.

Colin Kleven, 23, Phils 33rd round pick in 2009; 7 starts; 1-5 with a 4.85ERA; 39IP 48H 6BB 21K; 1.14 GO/AO; .304 opp. avg.; 1.38 WHIP; .339 vs. LHH; .284 vs. RHH; .269 with RISP; Kleven has thrown much better since coming off the DL and has allowed just 5ER in his last 3 starts (20IP).

Jon Prosinski, 23, Phils 10th round pick in 2013; 8 starts; 0-4 with a 6.07ERA; 46IP 62H 8BB 27K; 1.34 GO/AO; .322 opp. avg; 1.52WHIP; 1.6BB/5.3K per 9; Prosinski has been a real disappointment this year.  I unwisely expected Hoby Milner like CLearwater numbers, however Prosinski has been hit around consistently.

Ethan Stewart, 23, Phils 47th round pick in 2010; 9 starts; 2-3 with a 4.22ERA; 49IP 49H 30BB 22K; 0.98 GO/AO; .265 opp. avg; 1.61WHIP; 5.5BB/4.0K per 9; .179 vs. LHH; .314 vs. RHH; .214 with RISP; For the life of me, I cant figure Stewart out, and I suspect neither can the Phillies.  The walk/K ratio is abysmal, however has had a modicum of success based on his work against lefties and with RISP.


Drew Anderson, 20, Phils 21st round pick in 2012; 5 starts; 2-3 with a 4.10ERA; 26.1IP 29H 9BB 30K; 1.35 GO/AO; .274 opp. avg., 3.1bb/10.3k per nine; 1.44 WHIP; .277 vs. LHH ; .271 vs. RHH; Anderson’s season started a bit late with his first start coming April 24th.  After a couple rocky outings Anderson has looked very good his last couple of times out.

ALejandro Artega, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 8 starts; 3-5 with an 8.66ERA; 35.1IP 58H 10BB 23K; 7HR allowed; 1.11 GO/AO; .369 opp avg; 1.92 WHIP; 2.5BB/5.9K per 9; .397 vs. LHH; .345 vs. RHH; Hopefully he is working on a series of new pitches.  No further comment.

Ranfi Casimiro, 21, SIgned as free agent in 2010; 8 starts; 2-4 with a 6.14ERA; 36.2IP 42H 16BB 23K; 5HR allowed; 1.23 GO/AO; .276 opp. avg; 3.9BB/5.6K per nine; 1.58 whip; .267 vs. LHH, .286 vs. RHH, .440 with RISP; It had been a very miserable year until Casimiro put together two nice starts in his two most recent outings.  His work with RISP is just abysmal.

Mark Leiter, 23; Phils 22nd round pick in 2013 draft; 9 starts; 4-3 with a 4.15ERA; 47.2IP 48H 11BB 43K; 1.55 GO/AO; .258 opp. avg; 1.23WHIP; 2.1BB/8.1K per 9; .274 vs. LHH; .243 vs. RHH; .273 with RISP; 1-2 with an 8.62 ERA in 4 May starts. Leiter was dominant in April and has had serious troubles in May.  The talent, at this level, is there for Leiter to succeed and move on fairly quickly.

Tyler Viza, 19, Phils 32nd round pick in 2013; 8 starts; 2-4 with a 3.80 ERA; 45IP 51H 7BB 24K; 2 HR allowed; 0.92 GO/AO; .280 opp. avg; 1.29 WHIP; 1.4BB/4.8K per 9. Viza has thrown well and shown excellent command.

13 thoughts on “Around the System–Starting Pitchers

  1. Time to pull the cord on Colvin. He’s always given off the vibe of a frat boy who happened to have a good arm and not a guy who was going to be dedicated to becoming a major league pitcher. Such a disappointment, I was excited when they signed him.

    Other than that, not much to be excited about at all. I have said many times I love Garners arm but think he ends up in the pen, albeit as a very good releiver. Sadly that is the best bet for most of these guys: move them to the pen and see if they can have more success one inning at a time.

    Buchannan should have made the team out of spring, but in hte long run he is still probably a 5th starter at best. Maybe Milner gets a few big league starts, but other than that, its Biddle and not much else. And even for him as dominant as he can be at times, he continues the trend of Phillies pitching coaches not being able to get these guys to throw strikes consistently.

    1. No need to make it personal when it comes to Colvin, the results are bad enough.

      He came out after only 2 innings in his last start, not sure if he got hurt or what, the results didn’t look like he got shelled or anything.

  2. Biddle, maybe Sev Gonzo, and unfortunately many shoulder ailments…Pettibone, Morgan, Watson etc

  3. I’m encouraged by Drew Anderson’s ability to miss bats so far, especially since no one else in Lakewood seems to be able to except Leiter. And at least Viza isn’t walking guys.

  4. i have seen drew anderson pitch 2 games so far and I really like what I have seen so far!!

  5. Man, what a sobering reality. Our pitching this year has been terrible. Let’s hope Pettibone isn’t out for the year. Its obvious that Buchannan is hurt and needs to be shut down or a while, let’s hope he’s not hurt bad. Who would be the next starter for the Phils at this point? MAG is on the 40 man but there’s now way they can roll him out there. I guess they’d have to let Manship start but he hasn’t thrown the innings. I think they should send Manship to AAA and let him start there while they call up DeFratus (although he got rocked yesterday). Martin isn’t ready yet I don’t think but he looks close. We need to pray the current rotation stays healthy…. Outside of Biddle, there’s not another guy who looks like a future major league starter. Anderson is throwing better but it doesn’t sound like his stuff is that of a starter ultimately either. Any chance MAG can improve??

  6. Ill say one thing, if Greg Smith spends any time in the major leagues, I will fly to vegas to post the biggest bet of my life on whoever he plays.

    Nothing against the guy at all, hes a good AAA guy, just hope hes not a first choice if the Phils need a starter

  7. Who gets the call up w Lee on the DL? I don’t care how mild it is an elbow strain is NEVER “mild”.

  8. I hate to say it, but the “diagnosis” is far from reassuring., “At least” three weeks, AND the diagnosis was made BEFORE the results of the MRI were in. It could be really bad.

    1. Never mind, I missed the latest news – he had been placed on the DL before the MRI results came out, but they did come out later and it could be worse. Still quite concerning.

  9. On the whole, just dreadful. I’m hoping the best player available at number 7 in the draft is a starter.

  10. Some guy on here said a day or two ago that Lee never gets hurt. I blame this on him 🙂

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