Around the System–Relief Pitching, LV, REA and CW

Lehigh Valley

Juan Gutierrez, 32, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 13G, 3-1 with a 2.04ERA; 2SV; 17.2IP 24H 6BB 15K; .316 opp avg; 1.70 WHIP; 0.73 GO/AO; 3.1BB/7.3K per 9; .379 vs LH, .255 vs RH; His line indicates that he has been extremely lucky that his ERA isn’t above 5.

Dalier Hinojosa, 29, Picked up off of waivers in 2015; Has not yet pitched in the Phils organization; For Pawtucket: 19G; 3-1 with a 3.21ERA; .248 opp avg; 1.33WHIP; 3.6BB/8.4K per 9.  Interesting pickup who has some major league time for the Red Sox.

Cesar Jiminez, 30, Re-signed as a free agent in 2015; 33G, 2-3 with a 3.14ERA; 4SV;48.2IP 48H 15BB 34K; .258 opp avg; 1.29 WHIP; 1.12 GO/AO; 2.9BB/6.3K per 9; .235 vs LH, .271 vs RH, .242 over last 30 days.  Jiminez has dominated AAA the last two year and has been far less dominating this year.  He has been steady, but less than outstanding.

Tyler Knigge, 26, Phils 12th round pick in 2010; 27G, 0-0 with a 4.87ERA between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 40.2IIP 48H 15BB 30K; .312 opp avg; 1.55 WHIP; 1.02 GO/AO; 3.3BB/6.6K per 9; 19G for Lehigh Valley; 5.14ERA; .343 opp avg; 1.75 WHIP.  A disappointing year for Knigge who has not been able to get hitters out at the AAA level.

Adam Loewen, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 32G between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 2-3 with a 2.44ERA; 6SV; 48IP 37H 30BB 57K; .219 opp avg; 1.40 WHIP; 0.95 GO/AO; 5.4BB/10.7K per 9; Since June 1: 18G 0-1 with a 2.05ERA; 26.1IP 8BB 38K; Loewen’s command was brutal at the beginning of the year in Lehigh Valley.  He was sent to Reading and found it and has been overpowering since.  I would like to see how he would handle the majors as a situational lefty.

Dustin McGowan, 33, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 13G (1 start); 2-1 with a 5.19ERA; 5/6SV; 17.1IP 19H 7BB 10K; .275 opp avg; 1.50 WHIP; 0.83 GO/AO; 3.6BB/5.2K per 9; .344 vs LH; .216 vs RH. McGowan was awful for the Phils this year and mediocre at best in the minors.

Nefi Ogando, 26, Acquired from Boston in 2013; 30G, 3-3 with a 2.28ERA; 3/8SV; 43.1IP 29H 23BB 42K; .190 opp avg; 1.20 WHIP; 0.98 GO/AO; 4.8BB/8.8K per 9; 6G and 8.2 scoreless innings thus far for Lehigh Valley.  Ogando has taken a step forward this year, and with him on the 40 man roster, I would be surprised if he didn’t see a cup of coffee in Philly come September.

Seth Rosin, 26, Returned via Rule 5 draft in 2014,32G, 3-1 with a 4.02ERA: 3SV; 47IP 57H 15BB 30K; .292 opp avg; 1.51 WHIP; 1.18 GO/AO; 2.9BB/5.8K per 9; .341 vs LH, .252 vs RH, .400 opp avg last month; Rosin continues mired in mediocrity.


Ethan Martin, 26, Acquired from Dodgers in 2012; 10G; 1-0 with a 5.71ERA; 17.1IP 21H 7BB 6K; .304 opp avg; 1.62 WHIP; 0.79 GO/AO; 3.6BB/3.1K per 9; .222 vs LHP; .350 vs RHP.  Martin’s fall continues as he has gone from top prospect to afterthought after injuries and ineffectiveness have relegated him the AA mop up man.  His strikeout rate is the lowest in the organization and he is now eminently hittable.

Tom Windle, 23, Acquired from Dodgers in 2015; 19G (14 starts); 3-5 with a 5.03ERA: 78.2IP 83H 43BB 50K; .286 opp avg; 1.60 WHIP; 1.26 GO/AO; 4.9BB/5.7K per 9; .239 vs LH, .308 vs RH, Opp avg: .174 in July. 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 5 relief appearances.  Many projected Windle as a reliever in the big leagues and that occurred sooner than we thought because of significant problems in the Reading rotation this year. A lack of command combined with the fact that he was getting hit landed him in the ‘pen, where he has had some early success.

Ethan Stewart, 24, Phils 47th round pick in 2010; 13G, 1-2 with a 6.19ERA; 16IP 11H 13BB 17K; .190 opp avg; 1.50 WHIP; 1.07 GO/AO; 7.3BB/9.6K per 9; .250 opp avg last 30 days.  ANother pitcher who simply doesn’t have the control necessary.

Colton Murray, 25, Phils 13th round pick in 2011; 37G between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 4-3 with a 3.40ERA; 3/7SV; 53IP 45H 28BB 54K; .225 opp avg; 1.38 WHIP; 0.53 GO/AO; 4.8BB/9.1K per 9; .298 opp avg last 30 days; 3.3BB/9.2K per 9 for Reading.  Murray was having a lot of trouble with his control in Lehigh Valley and was sent down to Reading.  The control has improved but not to a consistent level.

Ryan O’Sullivan, 24, Acquired from Dodgers in 2012; 19G, 1-0 with a 2.25ERA; 2SV; 28IP 25H 10BB 19K; .243 opp avg; 1.25 WHIP; 1.61 GO/AO; 3.2BB/6.1K per 9; .261 vs LH, .228 vs RH; .208 opp avg last 30 days. After missing over a month injured early in the season, O’Sullivan is putting a nice year together.

Edubray Ramos, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2009; 31G between Clearwater and Reading; 3-4 with a 1.42ERA; 8SV; 50.2IP 33H 7BB 48K; .186 opp avg; 0.79 WHIP; 0.84 GO/AO; 1.2BB/8.5K per 9; .226 vs LH, .160 vs RH.  Ramos was absolutely dominating High A ball prior to his recent promotion to Reading.

Joely Rodriguez, 23, Acquired from Pittsburgh in 2014; 21 games (13 starts) between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 4-7 with a 6.56ERA; 81IP 111H 42BB 41K; .332 opp avg; 1.89 WHIP; 1.50 GO/AO; 4.7BB/4.6K per 9; .400 opp avg over last month.  Perhaps one of the worst pitching lines in the modern baseball era.

Stephen Shackleford, 26, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 34 games; 2-1 with a 3.28ERA; 20SV; 35.2IP 30H 16BB 41K; .224 opp avg; 1.29 WHIP; 0.91 GO/AO; 4.0BB/10.3K per 9; .339 vs LHP;141 vs RHP; .205 last 30 days.  Has pitched very well but with a few more walks than one would hope for  His left/right splits prevents him for moving on.


Jesen Therrien, 22, Phils 17th round pick in 2011; 26 games between Lakewood and Clearwater; 3-0 with a 1.05ERA; 3SV; 42.2IP 35H 7BB 35K; .223 opp avg; 0.98 WHIP; 0.98 GO/AO; 1.5BB/7.4K per 9; For CW: 17G, 3-0 with a 1.42ERA; .232 opp avg; 1.07 WHIP; .280 vs LH, .214 vs RH.  A very successful year thus far for Therrien who is progressing well.

Cody Forsythe, 24, Phils 25th round pick in 2013; 25 games, 2-2 with a 4.19ERA; 38.2IP 35H 10BB 35K; .232 opp avg; 1.16 WHIP; 0.78 GO/AO; 2.3BB/8.1K per 9; .320 vs LH, .188 vs RH, .207 last 30 days. Forsythe has been overlooked for call ups to Reading, which must mean that the Phils have given him an area to improve on for which he needs to focus.  With almost 50 games over two years out of the Clearwater bullpen with fairly consistent success, I would like to see him in Reading.

Harold Guerrero, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 17 games, 1-1 with a 1.93ERA; 1SV; 28IP 19H 25BB 26K; .190 opp avg; 1.57 WHIP; 0.70 GO/AO; 8.0BB/8.4K per 9; .179 vs LH, .194 vs RH, .200 with RISP.  After non pitching last season in affiliated ball, Guerrero was signed this season and is largely unhittable. Unfortunately, part of that is because the ball finds the strike zone infrequently.

Ulises Joaquin, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 31 games, 4-1 with a 2.52ERA; 11SV; 39.1IP 33H 8BB 38K; .231 opp avg; 1.04 WHIP; 0.84 GO/AO; 1.8BB/8.7K per 9; .229 vs LH, .232 vs RH, .214 over last 30 days; Having now appeared in almost 50 games for Clearwater over two years and with decent success, it should be time for Joaquin to head North to Reading.

Miguel Nunez, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2009; 25 games (4 starts); 2-2 with a 3.83ERA; 1SV; 54IP 44H 19BB 31K; .223 opp avg; 1.17 WHIP; 0.78 GO/AO; 3.2BB/5.2K per 9; .275 vs LH, .195; .087 last 30 days; After starting the year in the rotation and struggling, Nunez has come into his own in his role in the bullpen, allowing the opposition to hit just .165 against him in 21 relief appearances.

Yackel Rios, 22, Phils 12th round pick in 2011; 16 games (6 starts); 5-2 with a 2.77ERA; 55.1IP 42H 17BB 42K; 3HR allowed; .208 opp avg; 1.07 WHIP; 1.40 GO/AO; 2.8BB/6.8K per 9; .171 vs LH, .227 vs RH; .211 opp avg last 30 days.  Rios has been solid in multiple roles.

ALexis Rivero, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 26 games between Clearwater and Lakewood; 3-0 with a 2.56ERA; 7SV; 45.2IP 31H 13BB 39K; .188 opp avg; 0.96 WHIP; 0.92 GO/AO; 2.6BB/7.7K per 9; .345 vs LH, .106 vs RH; .250 with RISP; 1-0 with a 3.71ERA and 2SV over last 5 weeks.  All in all a very good season for RIvero and solid progress.  He is lights out against right handed hitters.

6 thoughts on “Around the System–Relief Pitching, LV, REA and CW

  1. My question is how did Martin Fall from Grace without any intervention from the organization to see why or to make adjustments to his delively mechanics

    1. Typical story of a minor league pitcher. Has shoulder problems. Tries to get rest. Comes back and throws about 6 MPH slower. Unless he finds the lost velocity (fairly unlikely), he’s longer a prospect. Game over.

  2. my only question is why you are limiting Loewen’s major league potential to situation lefty. i love this kid. at one point in time, he was one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. maybe he just needed to get healthy. hes filthy in AAA though and could see him being a solid middle reliever and maybe get some closer action a la jason grilli

      1. Yes and I acknowledge that, but he is fully healthy and focusing on pitching for the first time since he was a kid and we know that talent is there. We had this exact same situation (former top prospect who after fizzling out, comes to the Phillies and succeeds in AAA) twice and each time the Phillies underestimated his success. Vogelsong & Grilli ended up alright. can’t let that happen again

        1. Well, that won’t happen if he’s on the Phillies in any capacity. I agree situational lefty seems strange, since his stats at both AA and AAA this year are better against RHB than LHB.

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