Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.
The Phillies returned from the All Star break and swept the Miami Marlins. The Phillies lead for the #1 draft pick was whittled down from 9.5 GB to 7.0 GB, in just three games. Let’s get Utley off the DL and back in the three-hole.
Aaron Nola makes his MLB debut Tuesday night at home against the Tampa Rays. Might be one of the largest crowds of the season.
I’m sure expectations are high. I would hope that we all rein in these expectations. I found these reports on Nola –
- MLB – FB 60, SL 50, CH 60, Control 60, Overall 55. Nola has tremendous command of his three-pitch arsenal. He spots his low-90s fastball to both sides of the plate, and his three-quarters arm slot adds plenty of action to the pitch. His changeup is a plus offering at times, and his slider has improved to give him a third quality offering. While Nola lacks the ideal size for a right-hander, he has all the necessary tools to succeed as a big league starter.
- FanGraphs – FB 55/60, CU 50/60, CH 50/60, Command 45/55, FV 55. Nola creates above average life on his fastball and changeup with the spin he puts on the ball from the low slot. One of the concerns is that his low 3/4 slinging slot allows left-handed hitters seeing the ball too clearly, but Nola’s plus changeup does the heavy lifting here; his above average command and aggressive approach also help keep hitters off balance. 55 FV translates to above average, #3/#4 starter, 2.5 WAR.
- BA – Grade 60, Risk Medium. No. 3 Starter (comp, Orioles Chris Tillman) needed some work, fairly polished.
While we all hope he becomes a #2 starter in the rotation, it appears that may be just slightly above his ceiling. (Note: Cole Hamels is their comp for a #2 starter.)