Around the System–Relief Pitchers, LV, Reading and Clearwater

Lehigh Valley

Phillippe Aumont, 25, Acquired from Seattle in 2009; 31 games, 2-1 with a 3.47 ERA; 49.1IP 42H 33BB 58K; 1.52 WHIP; 1.41 GO/AO; .236 opp avg; 6.0BB/10.6K per 9; .210 vs. LHH, .258 vs. RHH. Aumont has pitched fairly well for Lehigh Valley, albeit with the continued high walk rate.  He has failed miserably in his multiple opportunities with the Phillies this year and last, leaving his future in the organization a real question mark.

Luis Garcia, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 33 games, 2-0 with an 0.71ERA; 19 saves; 38IP 27H 12BB 37K; 1.03 WHIP; 1.70 GO/AO; .199 opp avg; 2.8BB/8.9K per 9; .203 vs. LHH, .194 vs. RHH, .125 opp avg over last 30 days.  The  minor league line simply cant get better.  Garcia has been consistently dominant at the minor league level and has not been able to translate to major league success in multiple chances.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 25 games (3 starts); 0-3 with a 3.93ERA  between Clearwater, Reading and LV; 36.2IP 28H 20BB 41K; 1.31WHIP; 0.63 GO/AO; .266 opp avg; 4.9BB/10.1K per 9; .286 opp avg over last 30 days. Gonzalez has been up and down all year, but when he is “up”, clearly has major league stuff.   For $4M a year, I wouldn’t expect to see him spending much time in the minors next year and suspect he will be a September callup.

Jeremy Horst, 28, Acquired from Cinncinati in 2012; 38 games (2 starts); 4-2 with a 4.94 ERA; 51IP 49H 29BB 43K; 1.53 WHIP; 0.53 GO/AO; .258 avg; 5.1BB/7.6K per 9; .260 vs. LHH, .256 vs. RHH; .226 opp avg since 7/13/14.  Horst has been very inconsistent this year and simply bad at times.

Tyler Knigge, 25, Phils 12th round pick in 2010; 40 games, 5-3 with a 3.63 ERA; 3 saves between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 69.1IP 65H 20BB45K; 1.23 WHIP; 1.75 GO/AO; .250 opp avg; 2.6BB/5.8K per 9; 22 games for LV: 2-3 with a 5.24 ERA, 1.40 WHIP.  Outstanding for Reading; mediocrity for Lehigh Valley.

Hector Neris, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 42 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 5-2 with a 3.78ERA; 2 saves; 66.2IP 52H 25BB 50K; 3.4BB/6.6K per 9; 1.16 WHIP; 0.80 GO/AO; .216 opp avg; .133 opp avg over last 30 days; Neris has had a good year and placed himself on the charts as a player that will need to be considered for the Phillies 2015 bullpen.

BJ Rosenberg, 28, Phils 13th round pick in 2008; 16 games, 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA for LV; 17.2iP 20h 11bb 16k; 1.75 WHIP; 0.84 GO/AO; .290 opp avg; 5.6BB/8.2K per 9; Rosenberg was just activated from the DL after missing quite a bit of time with a hip issue.  Between injuries and ineffectiveness, it has been a bad year for Rosenberg who has bounced back and forth between AAA and the Phils for three years now.


Matt Hoffman, 25, Signed as free agent in 2014; 16 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0-1 with a 5.40ERA; 18.1IP 21H 8BB 21K; 3.9BB/10.3K per 9; 0-1 with a 8.03 ERA over his last 10 games.  Hoffman was signed mid season as an extra arm and has done little to change that designation.

Colton Murray, 24, Phils    round pick in 2011 draft; 40 games; 3-6 with a 1.66ERA between Clearwater and Reading; 6 saves; 65IP 46H 25BB 64K; 1.09 WHIP; 0.97 GO/AO; .198 opp avg; .095 opp avg since 7/13/14; Murray has been excellent for both CLearwater and Reading and has placed himself in a position where I would be surprised if he didn’t garner a 40 man roster spot at year’s end.  Prime candidate for Fall league.

Mike Nesseth, 26, Phils 17th round pick in 2010; 35 games (8 starts) between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 1-7 with a 6.27ERA; 74.2IP 105H 22BB 59K; 2.7BB/7.1K per 9; 1.52 WHIP; 1.70 GO/AO; .331 opp avg; 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA over last 10 games; .308 opp avg over last 30 days.  Very disappointing year for Nessth, who began in Lehigh Valley and was sent back to Reading.  Marginal improvement as of late.

Nefi Ogando, 25, Acquired from Boston in 2013; 41 games; 5-1 with a 6.32ERA; 6 saves; 47IP 59H 21BB 37K; 1.70 WHIP; 4.0BB/7.1K per 9; 1.71 GO/AO; .307 opp avg; .324 vs. LHH, .298 vs. RHH, .282 opp avg over last 30 days.  Potential is there, results are not.

Seth Rosin, 25, Reacquired thru Rule 5 return in 2014; 39 games between Lehigh Valley and Reading, 3-5 with a 4.02ERA; 3 saves; 53.2IP 60H 18BB 37K; 3.0BB/6.2K per 9; 1.45 WHIP; 0.81 GO/AO; .290 opp avg; Since demotion to Reading: 22 games, 1-2 with a 2.35 ERA, 1.24 WHIP; .254 opp avg.  Rosin has thrown well since being sent down to Reading but overall a disappointing 2014.

Kyle Simon, 24, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; 40 games, 4-4 with a 4.71ERA between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 63IP 66H 19BB 33k; 2.7BB/4.7K per 9; 1.35 WHIP; 2.35 GO/AO; .276 opp avg; Over last 10 games 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA for Reading.  Simon was just atrocious for Lehigh Valley was sent down and has been fairly effective for Reading.  His next shot in AAA is likely to come next season.

Austin Wright, 24, Phils 8th round pick in 2011; 26 games, 2-1 with a 4.02ERA; 40.1IP 31H 33BB 32K; .208 opp avg; 7.4BB/7.3K per 9; 1.59 WHIP; 0.76 GO/AO; .116 vs. LHH; .238 vs. RHH; Opp avg last 30 days= .148.  From 2012 FSL Pitcher of the year as a starter to 2014 fringe reliever is how the tide can turn in minor league baseball.  Wright has had huge issues over the last two years throwing strikes.  Holding LHH to a .116 avg has me holding out hope for another year.


Cody Forsythe, 23, Phils   round pick in 2013 draft; 40 games, 5-5 with a 2.57 ERA between Lakewood and Clearwater; 12 saves; 56IP 48H 14BB 59K; 2.2BB/9.3K per 9; 1.11 WHIP; 0.83 GO/AO;  .226 opp avg; Over last 10 games for CW: 1-3 with a 3.78 ERA and 3 saves; Forsythe was lights out for Lakewood, promoted and has pitched well for CLearwater. On track for a Reading debut to start 2015.

Perci Garner, 25, Phils 2nd rounc pick in 201 draft; 22 games (16 starts) between Reading and CLearwater; 4-5 with a 4.93ERA; 87.2IP 85H 70BB 70K; 7.2BB/7.2K per 9; 1.77 WHIP; 1.81 GO/AO; .260 opp avg; 0-2 with a 7.07 ERA over his last 10 games.  First removed from the Reading rotation, then demoted to CLearwater, Garner has simply been unable to throw the ball over the plate, creating a nightmare 2014 season.

Kevin Walter,22, Phils 20th round pick in 2010 draft; 31 games, 0-3 with a 5.25ERA; 58.1IP 64H 33BB 30K; 5.1BB/4.6K per 9; 1.66 whip; 0.91 GO/AO; .270 opp avg; .298 vs. LHH, .248 vs. RHH, .279 opp avg over last 30 days.  Generally ineffective all year.

Lee Ridenhour, 25, Phils 13th round pick in 2013; 36 games, 2-5 with a 4.47ERA; 7 saves; 48.1IP 49H 15BB 31K; 2.8BB/5.8K per 9; 1.32 WHIP; 1.08 GO/AO; .265 opp avg; 6.30 ERA over last 10 games; .247 vs. LHH, .280 vs. RHH, .357 opp avg over last month.  I believed Ridenhour to be just on the verge of a call up a month ago before he took a fairly deep spiral downhill.  He had been lights out but maybe the workload has caught up?

Lino Martinez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 33 games; 0-6 with a 5.31ERA; 3 saves; 62.2IP 55H 48BB 59K; 1.64 WHIP; 0.70 GO/AO; .240 opp avg; 6.9BB/8.5K per 9; .267 vs. LHH, .224 vs. RHH, 0-2 with an 8.68 ERA over last 10 games; Martinez had been having a good year and has come apart recently, being both hit hard and losing command.  Just 21, Martinez has very good stuff and its a matter of throwing strikes and fitting it together.

Ulises Joaquin, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 40 games, 1-1 with a 3.69 ERA; 13 saves; 61IP 55H 27BB 42K; 4.0BB/6.2K per 9; 1.34 WHIP; 1.16 GO/AO; .241 opp avg; For Clearwater: 10 games, 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 5 saves; Joaquin has had a good year with room for continued improvement.

Jeb Stefan, 24, Phils 22nd round pick in 2012; 26 games (13 starts); 6-11 with a 6.45 ERA; 90.2IP 102H 43BB 69K; 1.60 WHIP; 0.77 GO/AO; .287 opp avg; .279 vs. LHH, .292 vs. RHH; .308 opp average last 30 days; 4.3BB/6.8K per 9; Stefan started the year in the rotation and was removed into the bullpen and has been no better.  Not a good body of work.

DL: Ethan Stewart



9 thoughts on “Around the System–Relief Pitchers, LV, Reading and Clearwater

  1. the lack of power arms in Phillies system is biggest area of concern in my opinion. That means they have bunch of 4s & 5s with occasional 3s if everything breaks perfectly.

    1. Yes, but this is about relievers and Nola really should be counted as a fairly powerful arm. He hits 95+ on the FB. Giles was the power reliever. Admittedly, they do need more.

  2. Nola hits 95 on a good day on a ballpark gun. Not knocking the guy, but hes not a power arm. All these guys the phillies have in the system throw 87-91, and yes, that is a huge problem. I don’t understand why they seem to love guys like Kendrick and Chad Durbin so much that they want their entire system to be clones of them.

    At the same time, the guys they do get with power arms never put it all together. Maybe the issue is the coaching in the organization. It just seems like every guy is a fringe ML guy bc he only throws 90, or he throws 97 but cant find a strike zone

    1. Actually, he hit 97 on a good day on a ballpark gun. Probably actually a 95, which means the 94 and 95s he hit that day were actually 92s and 93s. Still not bad. Nola definitely throws more than 87-91 on his FB. Even correcting 2 mph for the Reading gun, the slowest FB he threw on the day I saw him was 89.

    2. Get your facts straight. If your going to make a comment, make sure you know what your talking about. 87-90?

  3. I see Aumont and Horst being on verge of being let go. Also MAG, Martin, Garcia, and Neris as canidates for 2015 bullpen in Philly with likely 2 spots open in spring. (I have been impressed with Jiminez and disappointed with Rosenberg as I thought he was making the turn to be a power arm and set up man in Philly.)

    Simon and Murray are the 2 likely canidates that will jump to AAA. Forsythe likely along with another arm jumping to AA for next year.

  4. I cant say im excited about any of them now that Giles has graduated, maybe if they dont convert MAG he has some upside and is exciting the rest seem to be fairly meh

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