Report card for starters in WIlliamsport and the GCL, albeit with limited sample sizes. Next up will be the bullpen in Lehigh Valley and Reading.
Alejandro Artega, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 22 starts between Lakewood and WIlliamsport; 4-14 with a 6.13ERA; 111.2IP 160H 20BB 69H 11HR allowed; .341 opp avg; 1.61 WHIP; 1.09 GO/AO; 1.6BB/5.6K per 9; .289 opp avg over last month; Opponents hit Arteaga at nearly a .400 clip in his 9 Lakewood starts before being sent to Williamsport. After a successful 2013, this year was a step backwards. Grade: D; 2015: WIlliamsport
Mitch Guellar, 20, Phils Compensation Round Pick in 2012; 13 starts; 5-5 with a 4.69ERA; 63.1IP 65H 29BB 31K; .275 opp avg; 1.48 WHIP; 0.73 GO/AO; 4.0bb/4.4K per 9; .259 vs. LHH; .289 vs. RHH; .310 opp avg over last month; After a very good first half where Guellar was named a NYPL All Star, he had a difficult second half where many of the same issues he went through in 2013 re-appeared. Guellar was just 1-3 with a 7.25ERA in 5 August starts. Grade: C-; 2015: He may be back for a third season in Williamsport.
Brandon Leibrandt, 21, Phils 6th round pick in 2014; 12 games(10 starts) between GCL and WIlliamsport; 3-5 with a 2.82ERA; 60.2IP 49H 10BB 67K; .227 opp avg; 0.97 WHIP; 0.61 GO/AO; 1.5BB/9.9K per 9; For Williamsport: 7 starts, 2-3 with a 2.20ERA; .203 opp avg and 0.90 WHIP; Leibrandt was excellent generally overpowering hitters in the NYPL and GCL. Excellent control and knows how to pitch. Grade: A; 2015: Clearwater rotation
David Whitehead, 22, Phils 34th round pick in 2013; 13 starts; 4-4 with a 2.19ERA; 74IP 70H 8BB 43K; .246 opp avg; 1.05 WHIP; 1.59 GO/AO; 1.0BB/5.2K per 9; .245 vs. LHH; .248 vs. RHH; .247 opp avg last month; Whitehead, who returned from Tommy John surgery was consistently very, very good for WIlliamsport, showing pinpoint control. Grade: A; The Phils will need to monitor Whitehead’s innings next year. I expect that will be done in Lakewood.
Feliberto Sanchez, Soon to be 21; Signed as a free agent in 2011; 14 games (11 starts); 3-9 with a 5.43ERA; 59.2IP 75H 19BB 32K; 6HR allowed; 2.9BB/4.8K per 9; .316 opp avg; 1.58 WHIP; 0.73 GO/AO; .316 vs. LHH; .317 vs. RHH; The numbers were not good for Sanchez in 2014. Still just 20, another year in WIlliamsport seems to be in the immediate future. Grade: D
Ricardo Pinto, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 9 starts; 1-5 with a 2.11ERA; 47IP 36H 15BB 48K; .203 opp avg; 1.09 WHIP; 0.90 GO/AO; 2.0BB/9.0K per 9; .205 vs. LHH; .202 vs. RHH; Pinto was very impressive in his 9 starts during his first trip State side. Very good control and dominated at times. Grade: A-; 2015: Lakewood
Luis Morales, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 10 games (9 starts); 2-2 with a 3.83ERA; 42.1IP 57H 7BB 30K; 1.5BB/6.4K per 9; .326 opp avg; 1.51 WHIP; 2.25 GO/AO; .338 vs. LHH; .317 vs. RHH; After pitching in the GCL in 2012 and missing all of 2013, Morales was hit around pretty good in 2014. Grade: C-; 2015: Either released or Williamsport
Franklyn Kilome, 19, SIgned as a free agent in 2013; 11 games (8 starts); 3-1 with a 3.12ERA; 40.1IP 36H 11BB 25K; 2HR allowed; 2.5BB/5.6K per 9; .235 opp avg; 1.17 WHIP; 1.26 GO/AO; .250 vs. LHH; .228 vs. RHH; Kilome pitched very well and plenty to be excited about from the lanky righty. Grade: B+; 2015: WIlliamsport
Denton Keys, 19, Phils 11th round pick in 2013; 11 games (7 starts); 3-2 with a 2.20ERA; 49IP 43H 12BB 35K; 0HR allowed; 2.2BB/6.4K per 9; .246 opp avg; 1.12 WHIP; 1.86 GO AO; .125 vs. LHH; .273 vs. RHH; Keys was a different pitcher than what we saw in his few 2013 outings. Keys was very, very good and hitters often were unable to catch up with him. Grade: A-; 2015: WIlliamsport, although wouldnt be surprised with Lakewood.
Sam McWilliams, 19, Phils 8th round pick in 2014; 9 games (5 starts); 2-3 with a 5.40ERA; 25IP 28H 6BB 10K; .298 opp avg; 1.36 WHIP; 0.91 GO/AO; .267 vs. LHH; .313 vs. RHH; McWIlliams was the lone high draft pick out of high school and had one awful start skew his numbers a bit. Really too early to pass much judgment here. Grade: C; 2015: GCL
Lewis Alezones, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 9 games (4 starts); 2-1 with a 2.70ERA; 30IP 21H 5BB 27K; 1HR allowed; .189 opp avg; 0.87 WHIP; 1.25 GO/AO; 1.5BB/8.1K per 9; .143 vs. LHH; .211 vs. RHH; In his second season in the GCL, ALezones was excellent once again. Grade: A; 2015: Williamsport
Jason Zgardowski, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 3 games (2 starts); 0-1 with a 2.70ERA; 10IP 10H 2BB 10K; Zgardowski was signed late in the season and is a very hard thrower. Probably worth taking a harder look next year…