Around the System, Starting Pitching–Lakewood, WP and GCL


Ranfi Casimiro, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 15 starts, 5-5 with a 3.52ERA; 87IP 86H 20BB 53K; .256 opp avg; 1.22 WHIP; 0.84 GO/AO; 2.1BB/5.5K per 9; .264 vs LH; .250 vs RH, .275 last 30 days; .208 with RISP.  Casimiro has pitched well this year and with 40 starts at the Low A level is ready to be moved to Clearwater.

Einiery Garcia, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 14 starts, 6-7 with a 3.29ERA; 82IP 89H 24BB 45K; .283 opp avg; 1.38 WHIP; 1.34 GO/AO; 2.6BB/4.9K per 9; .235 vs LH, .301 vs RH, .297 opp avg last 30 days; .256 with RISP.  Garcia’s season has to be considered a successful one thus far with consistent positive results.  I would expect his innings to be monitored pretty closely in the short term as his workload is substantially beyond anything he has done in years passed.

Austin Davis, 22, Phils 12th round pick in 2014; 25 games, 3 starts; 2-2 with a 2.41ERA; 52.1IP 36H 29BB 41K; .194 opp avg; 1.24 WHIP; 0.90 GO/AO; 5.0BB/7.1K per 9; .207 vs LHP; .188 vs RHP; .190 last 30 days; 2-0 with a 1.93ERA in 3 starts.  Davis just joined the rotation and has pitched very well.  His control issues from earlier in the season seem to be resolving.

Shane Watson, 21, Phils Compensation round pick in 2012; 4 starts between GCL and Lakewood; 0-1 with a 5.40ERA; .383 opp avg; 2.49 WHIP; 8.5BB/10,8K per 9.  Watson has had minimal work since coming off both the suspended list and the injured list.  He has been extremely unimpressive.

Tyler Viza, 20, Phils 32nd round pick in 2013; 15 starts, 4-5 with a 4.23ERA; 87.1IP 85H 26BB 62K; 9HR allowed; 2.7BB/6.4K per 9; .254 opp avg; 1.27 WHIP; 1.23 GO/AO; .273 vs LHP; .239 vs RHP; .320 opp avg last month; .313 with RISP.  Overall decent progress from Viza who has struggled a bit recently.


Mitch Guellar, 21, Phils Comp A round pick in 2012; 4 starts, 3-1 with a 3.27ERA; 22IP 17H 6BB 13K; .215 opp avg; 1.05 WHIP; 0.86 GO/AO; 2.5BB/5.3K per 9; .152 vs. LHP; .261 vs RHP.  Guellar has pitched well early on, as he should at this stage.  The goal should be for him to get a few Lakewood starts in before the end of the season.

Denton Keys, 20, Phils 11th round pick of 2013; 4 starts, 0-1 with a 5.00ERA; 18IP 18H 6BB 13K; .257 opp avg; 1.33 WHIP; 1.93 GO/AO; 3.0BB/6.5K per 9; .241 vs LH; .268 vs. RH.  Not atrocious, but not great

Jose Taveras, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 4 starts, 2-1 with a 1.42ERA; 19IP 11H 8BB 18K; .177 opp avg; 1.00 WHIP; 1.00 GO/AO; 3.8BB/8.5Kper 9; .222 vs LHP; .159 vs LHP; Taveras has been outstanding in the early going.

Alejandro Arteaga, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 5 starts, 3-0 with a 1.24ERA; 29IP 17H 9BB 25K; .168 opp avg; 0.90 WHIP; 2.8BB/7.8K per 9; .200 vs LH; .143 vs RH. Having already made 11 starts above this level, Arteaga was expected to produce well and he has back in Williamsport.  I would expect him to be the first starter to move to Lakewood when its time.

Franklyn Kilome, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 3 starts, 2-0 with an 0.54ERA; 16.2IP 8H 6BB 14K; .140 opp avg; 0.84 GO/AO.  Simply dominant however missed his last two starts injured.  Expected to make his next start.


Sam McWilliams, 19, Phils 8th round pick in 2014; 3 starts, 0-0 with a 0.56ERA; 16IP 8H 1BB 8K; 0.6BB/4.5K per 9; .148 opp avg; 0.56 WHIP; .200 vs LH, .103 vs RH.  Only 3 starts but has been very good bolstered by a great walk rate.

Felix Paulino, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 4 starts; 2-1 with a 2.25ERA; 20IP 15H 4BB 20K; .211 opp avg; 0.95WHIP; 1.8BB/9.0K per 9; .217 vs LH, .208 vs RH.  Excellent thus far.

Adonis Medina, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2013, 4 games (3 starts); 15IP 10H 5BB 14K; .204 opp avg; 1.00 WHIP; 2.7BB; 8.4K per 9.

Ranger Suarez, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 5 games (3 starts); 21.2IP 13H 3BB 15K; .173 opp avg; 0.74WHIP; 1.2BB/6.2K per 9; .200 vs LH; .167 vs RH; Doing everything you would want a young pitcher to do.


12 thoughts on “Around the System, Starting Pitching–Lakewood, WP and GCL

  1. Just a heads up, if you have, Lakewood is on tonight so a chance to see Einiery Garcia pitch. I missed him when I went to see Lakewood play the shorebirds so looking forward to seeing him pitch. Tomorrow game has Shane Watson going.

  2. At the lower levels the pitching is very good. The higher levels will test these pitchers, but at least five seem to have what it takes to be outstanding. Alezones has been used exclusively in relief. I am ready to see him start some games. He is much better as a starting pitcher. Suarez had been mentioned in this role in Williamsport before they decided to have him start in the GCL. I hope they do right by him. He is special even without the velocity.

    1. When a young pitcher gets middling scouting reports, I hold off on giving much praise until he dominates at AA. Severino ate up the lower minors, but he’s a borderline 5th starter because his stuff is just so-so. That said we have several guys who do have very good stuff. I’ll enjoy watching Kilome progress.

  3. Some good stuff…but so far no pitcher at any level shows outstanding pitchers who would qualify as a #1 starter and headed to All-Star status. Nola comes closest so far and Kilome gets heaps of praise for a “newbie” at lower level. That status should change improve with the impending trades, but I look forward to the ’16 draft when we’ll be likely at #1.

    IMO, the best pitcher then at the top of the draft should be our choice, favoring (IMO) a college guy. And also at our 2nd round choice who has a #1 or #2 status.

    Alvarez’ philosophy indicates that he would use early (i.e., first and second) rounds for pitchers who could be a #1 or #2 on a staff. He doesn’t favor giving up a pitcher draft choice at #3 if he doesn’t meet those standards.So, I see that draft as the first two picks for “outstanding” pitcher potential to be followed by a mix of fielder-hitters at #3 to #10 and 2-3 pitchers within that group.

    The ’15 draft appears to have set the franchise on a good path headed by Alvarez’ thinking and by an infusion of LA pitchers/players.

    Better times ahead.

    1. wonder if he was around last year if he might have gone with a younger arm with more upside like Reid-Foley over Imhof…and if he would have seen Brown as a pitcher…. at least they got Hoskins but just seems like some missed opportunities with that draft going the all-college route.

      1. Last year’s draft may turn out to be just fine, but there was a ton of desperation in that draft, as if drafting near major league ready players last year was going to turn this team around at the last minute.

        1. Seems their draft strategy in the past would alternate for year to year. One year they would lead off with a position player then the next with a pitcher. I think you need to draft the best available player on the board regardless of position.

          Now of course this gets modified when you are drafting near the top versus in the 20s, as they did for a stretch from 2007 thru 2012.

    2. So you would sacrifice the next Mike Trout and the next Buster Posey for a couple of pitching prospects? Drafting for need is not a good idea. That’s what free agents and trades are for. This team needs pretty much everything so you draft the best available player.

  4. A lot to love at the lower levels. More importantly, it puts some pressure on the guys at the next level to pitch well.

    The guys in Lakewood and Clearwater have to watch their backs just a bit more.

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