Report Card, Starting Pitchers, CLearwater and Lakewood

The report card for starting pitchers who ended the season in CLearwater and Lakewood.  Reminder on grading…players are graded against pre-season expectation of themselves not each other.  A= Far exceeded expectations; B= Exceeded Expectations; C= At Expectations; D= Below Expectations; F= Far Below Expectations.  Next up, Starting pitching in Williamsport and GCL


Colin Kleven, 23, Phils 33rd round pick in 2009; 24 starts, 6-10 with a 4.83ERA; 136IP 155H 33BB 107K; 13HR allowed; .289 opp avg; 1.38 WHIP; 1.41 GO AO; 2.2BB/7.1K per 9; .285 with RISP; .339 vs. LHH, .252 vs. RHH; Post All STar: 12 starts, 4-3 with a 4.32ERA; Kleven’s numbers are very pedestrian until you consider that he recovered from an extremely significant back injury in 2013 to pitch a full season and become more effective as the year went on.  Grade: C+; 2015: I think he will be challenged to sink or swim in Reading.

Mark Leiter, 23, Phils 22nd round pick in 2013; 27 starts between Lakewood and Clearwater; 9-12 with a 4.35ERA; 149IP 160H 37BB 141K; 10HR allowed; .274 opp avg; 1.32 WHIP; 1.24 GO/AO; 2.2BB/8.9K per 9; For Clearwater: 11 starts; 4-5 with a 4.31ERA; .273 opp avg; 1.30 WHIP; Leiter would throw two outstanding games, followed by an atrocious game and was inconsistent all year.  His final numbers are adequate and show continued promise but he needs to work on his consistency.  2015: Reading; Grade: B-

Miguel Nunez, Soon to be 22, SIgned as a free agent in 2010; 25 games (20 starts); 6-7 with a 4.49ERA; 122.1IP 125H 44BB 95K; 8HR allowed; .263 opp avg; 1.38 WHIP; 0.71 GO/AO; 3.2BB/7.0K per 9; .269 vs. LHH; .257 vs. RHH; .243 opp avg over last month; Since July 1: 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 9 starts; Nunez came on to become the Threshers most consistent starter, throwing exceptionally well towards the end of the season.  Grade: B-; 2015: I think he starts in CLearwater but with a quick call to Reading when a Reading starter either falters or is called up to Lehigh Valley

Kevin Walter, 22, Phils 22nd round pick in 2010; 34 games, 4 starts, 2-3 with a 4.68ERA; 73IP 75H 39 BB 42K; 4.8BB/5.2K per 9; .263 opp avg; 1.56 WHIp; 0.94 go/ao; .269 vs. LHH, .258 vs. RHH; .265 opp avg over last month; As a starter; 2-0 with a 2.89ERA.  After a very mediocre first four months of the season, Walter pitched very well as a starter over the final few weeks.  Grade: C; 2015: Clearwater

Jeb Stefan, 24, Phils 22nd round pick in 2012; 29 games (14 starts); 6-12 with a 6.44ERA; 100.2IP 112H 45BB 78K; 11HR allowed; 4.0BB/7.0Kper 9; .284 opp avg; 1.56 WHIP; 0.74 GO/AO; .278 vs. LHH; .289 vs. RHH; .307 with RISP: As a starter: 4-9 with a 7.65ERA.  Simply bad this year. Grade: D-; 2015: May hang on because he had a good 2013 in Lakewood.  If he does, he will be in Clearwater and will need to prove himself quickly.

Nic Hanson, 22, Phils 16th round pick in 2012; Hanson missed almost the entire season injured and when he came back re-injured himself and finished the year on the DL.  After a 2013 in which he showed considerable promise, this was a disappointing year.  Hoping for his health.  Grade: Inc.  2015: Clearwater


Ranfi Casimiro, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 25 starts; 5-9 with a 4.92ERA; 122.2IP 128H 65BB 92K; 12HR allowed; .263 opp avg; 1.57 WHIP; 1.25 GO/AO; 4.8BB/6.8K per 9; .259 vs. LHH; .267 vs. RHH; .234 opl avg over last month; .288 with RISP; August: 3-0 with a 2.70ERA in 5 starts; Casimiro went from the GCL in ’13 to a full season for Lakewood this year and showed flashes but was very inconsistent with his control.  Grade: C; 2015: I think he spends a bit more time in Lakewood to work on his command

Matt Imhof, Soon to be 21, Phils 2nd round pick in 2014; 11 games, 1-2 with a 2.98ERA between GCL, WIlliamsport and Lakewood; 42.1IP 40H 11BB 40K; .260 opp avg; 1.20 WHIP; 0.90 GO/AO; 2.3BB/8.5K per 9; For Lakewood: 7 starts; 0-2 with a 4.28ERA; 1.3P WHIP.  Imhof had a long season, throwing a full college season and then working his way to Lakewood quickly.  His numbers looked good and I think it’s fairly certain he starts ’15 in Clearwater.  Grade: B-

Yoel Mecias, Soon to be 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 11 starts; 3-4 with a 3.73ERA between GCL and Lakewood; 50.2IP 48H 17BB 33K; 3.0BB/5.9K per 9; .258 opp avg; 1.28 WHIP; 0.93 GO/AO; 7 starts for Lakewood: 3-3 with a 3.21 ERA.  Mecias seems to have fully recovered from Tommy John surgery although he was far less overpowering this year than in 2013.  I expect his “stuff” to fully recover early next season.  Grade: B- 2015: Maybe a half dozen starts in Lakewood before heading to Clearwater

Jon Prosinski, 23, Phils 10th round pick in 2013; 26 starts; 5-9 with a 4.73ERA between Lakewood and CLearwater; 144.2IP 176H 32BB 80K; 9HR allowed; .298 opp avg; 1.44 WHIP; 1.63 GO/AO; 2.0BB/5.0K per 9; Prosinski started the year in Clearwater but was sent back to Lakewood after 9 ugly starts during which his ERA was well above 6.  In Lakewood, Prosinski got back on track with a couple of bumps in the road along the way.  His problem was simply this year.  For a guy with less than overpowering stuff, his command has to be outstanding, and he missed his spots and was hit hard.  Grade: D; 2015: One more shot in Clearwater

Yackesel Rios, 21, Phils 12th round pick in 2011; 33 games (13 starts); 6-2 with a 3.69ERA; 102.1IP 102H 40BB 73K; 9HR allowed; .256 opp. avg; 1.39 WHIP; 1.21 GO/AO; 3.5BB/6.4K per 9; .234 vs. LHH; .274 vs. RHH; As a starter: 5-2 with a 4.06ERA; 1.51 WHIP.  A good year for Rios who was effective throughout the year for the BlueClaws.  Grade: B; 2015: Clearwater, although not sure it will be in the rotation.

Tyler Viza, 19, Phils 32nd round pick in 2013; 24 starts; 3-17 with a 5.29ERA; 126IP 172H 24BB 80K; 9HR allowed; .323 opp avg; 1.56 WHIP; 1.05 GO/AO; 1.7BB/5.7K per 9; .285 with RISP; .315 vs. LHH; .352 vs. RHH; In August: 0-3 with a 6.05ERA.  I have no idea why you leave a 19 year old who is clearly overmatched out there to lose 17 games.  Viza should have been sent to WIlliamsport where he would have continued to be age appropriate all season to regain the confidence from getting shellacked in the SAL.  Grade: I feel obliged to give him a D, simply because the numbers were just so much than anyone anticipated, but the Phillies are as much to blame as Viza.  2015: Lakewood

Drew Anderson, 20, Phils 21st round pick in 2012; 9 starts; 4-4 with a 3.68ERA; 44IP 46H 15BB 46K; .266 opp avg; 1.39 WHIP; 1.22 GO/AO; 3.1BB/9.4K per 9; .278 vs. LHH; .255 vs. RHH; Anderson was pitching well before going down injured in early June and missing the rest of the season, for all intents and purposes other than a few rehab appearances in the GCL in AUgust.  I had high hopes for Anderson going into the season, and the same high hopes will be there as an age appropriate 21 year old in the SAL next year.  Grade: Inc. ; 2015: Lakewood to start

Shane Watson, 21, Phils 1st round pick in 2012; Spent the entire season on the DL recovering from shoulder surgery and will now miss the first 50 games of 2015 after his suspension for twice using “drugs of abuse”.

7 thoughts on “Report Card, Starting Pitchers, CLearwater and Lakewood

  1. There may not be a lot of high end SP prospects in the system, but we do have a lot of depth. From LHV down to short season, next year’s rotations could be pretty much filled with guys who are at least somewhat interesting.

    I would give Viza a C. He had a 3.48 FIP in Lakewood as a 19 year old. I think way too much is being made of the losses, which we all know don’t really mean anything. His walk rate was miniscule and his K rate was acceptable

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