Around the System–Starting Pitchers

A look at starting pitching around the system.  Some good, more bad, a few ugly.  Next up, relievers.

Lehigh Valley
Chris Bootcheck, 35, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 6 starts; 2-3 with a 4.09ERA; 33IP 31H 14BB 19K; 4HR allowed; 0.79 GO/AO; .252 opp. avg; 1.36WHIP; 3.8BB/5.1K per nine; .179 vs. LHH; .313 vs. RHH; .111 with RISP. Bootcheck has been pitched fairly well since coming off the DL in late June.  He is a capable innings eater that knows how to pitch.

Barry Enright, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 14 starts; 3-6 with a 4.77ERA; 77.1IP 88H 22BB 45K; 15HR allowed; 0.80 GO/AO; .283 opp avg; 1.42WHIP; 2.6BB/5.2K per 9; .252 vs. LHH; .318 vs. RHH, .288 with RISP.  Enright throws strikes but they are often hit for homers.  Simply has to allow far fewer gopher balls.

Brad Lincoln, 29, Acquired from Toronto in 2013; 14 games (9 starts); 4-3 with a 4.24 ERA; 51IP 50H 21BB 47K; 4 HR allowed; 0.76 GO/AO; .254 opp. avg; 1.39WHIP; 3.7BB/8.3K per nine; .302 vs. LHH, .208 vs. RHH, .270 with RISP; 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 4 June starts.  Lincoln just came off three starts where he did not allow an earned run and has been throwing very well as of late.  WIth the lack of depth the Phils currently have, I would put Lincoln as the first call up if there were an injury to a Phillies starter at this stage.

Sean O’Sullivan, 26, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 14 starts; 3-6 with a 4.23ERA; 83IP 88H 25BB 40K; 0.82 GO/AO; .277 opp. avg; 5HR allowed; 1.36WHIP; 2.7BB/4.3K per nine; .297 vs. LHH, .256 vs. RHH, .353 with risp; O’Sullivan has been perhaps the ‘Pigs most consistent starter all year, leading the team in quality starts and has thrown 6 or more innings in five striaght starts.  That said he goes into the category of “serviceable” as his record with RISP, often presents significant issues.

Greg Smith, 30, Re-signed as free agent in 2014; 13 starts; 4-5 with a 4.31ERA; 77.1IP 87H 20BB 44K; 0.71GO/AO; .289 opp avg; 6HR allowed; 1.38WHIP; 2.3BB/5.1K per nine; .324 vs. LHH, .278 vs. RHH, .270 with RISP; Since May 1: 2-5, 5.47ERA. AFter coming out of the gate very quickly, SMith has struggled and changed his delivery to that of a side armer.  He has had only a moderate amount of success with that change.

Reading

Jesse Biddle, 22, Phils 1st round pick in 2010; 14 starts; 3-8 with a 4.04ERA; 75.2IP 66H 37BB 74K; 9HR allowed; 0.91 GO/AO; .232 opp avg; 1.36WHIP; 4.4BB/8.8K per 9; .197 vs LHH; .244 vs. RHH, .222 with RISP; 0-3 with an 8.53ERA in 3 June starts, including 11 walks in 12.2IP.  Seemingly on the verge of a June callup to Lehigh Valley, Biddle has had a predominately miserable June with his control largely abandoning him.  He got back on track during his last start, but needs to put together 5 or consecutive good starts for the doubters to start believing again.

Perci Garner, 25, Phils 2nd round pick in 2010; 14 starts; 4-3 with a 4.10ERA; 68IP 67H 40BB 53K; 2.11GO/AO; .263 opp avg; 3HR allowed; 1.57 WHIP; 5.3BB/7.0K per 9; .222 vs. LHH, .293 vs. RHH, .221 with RISP; 13 walks in 14.1 June innings.  WHile having an occasional outstanding start, Garner fits into the all too familiar category of lacking consistent success because of significant control issues.  You simply can’t walk batters at the rate he does and succeed in the majors.

Severino Gonzalez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 15 starts; 4-8 with a 5.07ERA; 87IP 99H 18BB 65K; 0.71 GO/AO; .287 opp avg; 1.34 WHIP; 1.9BB/6.7K per nine; .293 vs. LHH, .283 vs. RHH, .351 with RISP: Since May 1: 1-7 with a 5.98ERA; Gonzalez has shown to be very hittable this year, albeit young at age 21.  Certainly has ticked down several notches of the Top 30, but still has growth left in him.

Adam Loewen, 30, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 5 starts between Clearwater and Reading; 26IP 21H 18BB 19K; 1.39 GO/AO; .226 opp avg; 1.50WHIP; 6.2BB/6.3K per 9;  In his return to the mound, pitched well in Clearwater and has been mediocre with control issues in his 3 Reading starts.

Hoby Milner, 23, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; 12 starts; 5-3 with a 3.49ERA; 67IP 60H 28BB 44K: 12HR allowed; 0.66 GO/AO; .243 opp avg; 1.31WHIP; 3.8BB/5.9K per 9; .204 vs. LHH, .253 vs. RHH; .223 with RISP; Milner has thrown very well with his command needing a bit of work.  The home run ball has been Milner’s biggest problem but with that said, many have come as solo homers, hurting him less.  Milner has been the most consistent Reading starter and I would like to see him in Lehigh Valley after the all star break.

Clearwater

Ryan Demmin, 26, Re-signed as a free agent; 9 games (6 starts) between Reading and Clearwater; 2-2 with a 3.60ERA; 35IP 34H 6BB 27K; 0.83 GO/ao; .256 opp. avg; 2HR allowed; 1.14WHIP; 1.5BB/6.9K per 9; Demmin has done a very good job in the role he has been asked to fill.

Colin Kleven, 23, Phils 33rd round pick in 2009; 12 starts; 2-7 with a 5.32ERA; 69.1IP 89H 12BB 46K; 1.16GO/AO; .314 opp avg; 5HR allowed; 1.46WHIP; 1.6BB/6.0K per 9; .372 vs. LHH; .222 vs. RHH, .304 with RISP; AFter missing most of last season injured, Kleven has been very hittable this year. Left handed hitters are crushing him and he doesn’t yet have the pitch to put away hitters.

Miguel Nunez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 14 games (9 starts); 2-4 with a 5.87ERA; 61.1IP 72H 21BB 42K; 0.86 GO/AO; .294 opp avg; 1.52WHIP; 3.1BB/6.2K per 9; .312 vs. LHH, .279 vs. RHH, .304 with RISP; Nunez’s “stuff” doesn’t translate to success yet, as he has good stuff at times, but continues to get hit around at High A.

Jeb Stefan, 24, Phils 22nd round pick in 2012; 15 games (8 starts); 4-6 with 4.89ERA; 53.1IP 50H 21BB 42K; 2HR allowed; 0.66 GO/AO; .250 opp avg; 1.33WHIP; 3.5BB/7.0K per 9; .232 vs. LHH; .267 vs. RHH; .261 with RISP; Stefan’s splits have been decent but the ultimate results a bit less than decent.  Stefan is a guy that really needs to step in up in the second half as a 24 year old at High A with the incoming college talent in back of him.

Ethan Stewart, 23, Phils 47th round pick in 2010; 14 starts; 3-6 with a 4.36ERA; 74.1IP 78H 47BB 41K; 0.98 GO/AO; .278 opp avg; 8 HR allowed; 1.68WHIP; 5.7BB/5.0K per 9; .236 vs. LHH; .297 vs RHH; .235 with RISP.  Fortunately for Stewart, he has some success with RISP or this would be a completely miserable line.  Significant control issues continue. That said, to have a 47th round pick in the High A rotation, the Phils brass must see something.

Lakewood

Drew Anderson, 21, Phils 21st round pick in 2012 draft; 9 starts; 4-4 with a 3.68ERA; 44IP 46H 15BB 46K; 1.22GO/AO; .266 opp. avg; 1.38WHIP; 3.1BB/9.4K per 9; Anderson had been pitching well before going down with a arm injury about two weeks ago.   He isn’t expected to begin throwing for another week, so it looks like mid to late July before he ends up back on the roster, if healthy.

Ranfi Casimiro, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 13 starts; 2-5 with a 5.02ERA; 61IP 60H 31BB 43K; 1.38 GO/AO; .247 opp avg; 6 HR allowed; 1.49WHIP; 4.6BB/6.3K per 9; .239 vs. LHH, .254 vs. RHH, .355 with RISP; Casimiro is another guy who needs to improve his control and limit the damage with RISP.  Over his last 9 starts (since May 1), he is 2-2 with a 3.72ERA a drastic improvement over his early struggles.

Mark Leiter, 23, Phils 22nd round pick in 2013 draft; 15 starts; 5-6 with a 3.81ERA; 82.2IP 84H 20BB 84K; 5HR allowed; 1.71 GO/AO; .262 opp avg; 1.26WHIP; 2.2BB/9.1K per 9; .264 vs. LHH; .260 vs. RHH, .263 with RISP; In June: 1-2 with a 1.80 ERA. An up and down year for Leiter who had an outstanding April, miserable May and bounce back outstanding June thus far.  He should be moving up with another 2-3 solid starts.

Jon Prosinski, 23, Phils 10th  round pick in 2013 draft; 13 starts between Clearwater and Lakewood; 2-4 with a 5.20ERA; 72.2IP 95H 14BB 45K; 7 HR allowed; 1.50 GO/AO; .318 opp avg; 1.50 WHIP; 1.7BB/5.6K per 9; For Lakewood: 2-0 with a 2.55ERA in 4 starts. Prosinski was pitching miserably for Clearwater, was demoted and picked up where he left off last year for Lakewood, which was very good.  The question becomes, can Prosinski translate the Low A success he is having.  Before demotion, the opposition was hitting .343 against him in Clearwater, where he sported an ERA of 6.56 in 9 starts before he was sent to Lakewood.

Tyler Viza, 19, Phils 32nd round pick in 2013 draft; 13 starts; 2-9 with a 4.76ERA; 70IP 91H 13BB 39K; 6HR allowed; 1.13 GO/AO; .313 opp avg; 1.49WHIP; 1.7BB/5.0K per 9; .322 vs. LHH, .303 vs. RHH, .259 with RISP;  The youngest guy on the Lakewood staff by almost two years, Viza has been a bit over matched, yet hanging in there.  His good command helps.

Williamsport

Alejandro Arteaga, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2011; 11 starts between Lakewood and Williamsport; , 3-7 with a 8.27ERA; 49IP 81H 15BB 27K 8HR allowed; 1.15 GO/AO; .373 opp avg; 1.96 WHIP; 2.8BB/5.0K per 9; 0-1 with a 4.50ERA in 2 Williamsport starts.  Arteaga was significantly overmatched in Lakewood and looks to regain his confidence in Williamsport.

Ricardo Pinto, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 0-1 with a 1.04ERA in 2 starts; 8.2IP 4H 4BB 11K; Reason for optimism although Pinto left yesterdays start with arm pain.

David Whitehead, 22, Phils 34th round pick in 2013 draft; 6IP 0H 0ER 2BB 5K.  Cant argue with that line coming off TJ surgery.  Lets see how things look next time out.

Mitch Guellar, 20, Phils 1st round pick in 2012 draft; 1 start; 4IP 2H 0ER 3BB 3K.

Feliberto Sanchez, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 1 start, 4IP 5H 3ER 3BB 2K.

GCL

Luis Morales, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 1 start; 3.1IP 8H 3ER 2BB 3K.

4 thoughts on “Around the System–Starting Pitchers

  1. This is brutal. Before the draft, we had to be in the bottom 3 or 4 in major league baseball for starting pitching prospects. Nola and company are welcomed additions.

  2. I saw Garner pitch a few weeks ago in Harrisburg. He seems to have a live arm, but he ran way too many deep counts. He has plenty of fastball, but his other pitches aren’t quite up to par, which in turn is the source of the control issues.

  3. I’m gonna post this in the Draft thread too, so I apologize for double posting.

    Texas SP and 13th round pick Nathan Thornhill against Vandy today:

    8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K and a W.

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