Around the System–Relief Pitching–LK, WP and GCL


Joey DeNato, 23, Phils 19th round pick in 2014; 30 games; 2-2 with a 1.59ERA; 5SV; 45.1IP 29H 11BB 44K; 1HR allowed; .188 opp avg; 0.88 WHIP; 0.63 GO/AO; 2.2BB/8.7K per 9; .234 vs LH, .168 vs RH, .167 opp avg last 30 days; .250 with RISP.  A pitching line that has everything you would want.  DeNato has been consistently dominating.

Jason Zgardowski, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 21 games between Williamsport and Lakewood; 2-1 with a 3.53ERA; 2SV; 35.2IP 24H 16BB 32K; 2HR allowed; 4.0BB/8.1K per 9; .192 opp avg; 1.12 WHIP; 1.19 GO/AO; For Lakewood: 15G; 3.90ERA; .194 opp avg; 1.12 WHIP; .213 vs LH; .176 vs RH.  After being picked up as an un-drafted free agent, Zgardowski clearly has talent, throws hard and has been gaining command of his pitches.

Scott Harris, 22, Phils 27th round pick in 2014; 19 games, 1-2 with a 4.46ERA; 34.1IP 33H 13BB 24K; 3HR allowed; .246 opp avg; 1.34 WHIP; 1.08 GO/AO; 3.4BB/6.3K per 9; .200 vs LH; .263 vs RH, .237 opp avg last 30 days; .350 with RISP.  Harris has been generally productive but gets beat up with runners in scoring position.

Matt Hockenberry, 23, Phils 9th round pick in 2014; 24 games, 4-3 with a 2.34ERA; 8SV; 34.2IP 21H 13BB 36K; 0HR allowed; .178 opp avg; 0.98 WHIP; 1.83 GO/AO; 3.3BB/9.3K per 9; .196 vs LH, .161 vs RH, .190 opp avg last 30 days; .250 with RISP.  Hockenberry has been outstanding minus a few outings just before he went on the DL.  The comments would echo those for DeNato…Hockenberry has done everything you would want him to do, including failing to yield a homer in his 24 outings.

Manny Martinez, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 18 games, 2-1 with a 3.57ERA; 1SV; 22.2IP 19H 14BB 18K; 2HR allowed; .235 opp avg; 1.46 WHIP; 0.92 GO/AO; 5.6BB/7.1K per 9; .208 vs LH, .246 vs RH, .324 opp avg last 30 days.  The walks have really hurt Martinez who has struggled over the last month.

Jairo Munoz, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 5 games between GCL, CW and Lakewood; 0.00 ERA: 6IP 2H 0R 2BB 6K.  Too few games for comment.

Calvin Rayburn, 23, Phils 16th round pick in 2014; 18 games, 2-1 with a 2.51ERA; 1SV; 28.2IP 14H 12BB 17K; 0HR allowed; .152 opp avg; 0.91 WHIP; 1.56 GO/AO; 3.8BB/5.3K per 9; .150 vs LH; .154 vs RH, .106 opp avg last 30 days; Practically unhittable, the large majority of Rayburn’s baserunners have come from the free pass.  That said, he has pitched very, very well after spending some time on the DL.

Note: For Williamsport and GCL Phils, infrequent comments simply because their season is so young.


Sutter McLoughlin, 21, Phils 22nd round pick in 2015; 7 games with GCL Phils, 2-0 with an 0.00ERA; 4SV; 9.1IP 2H 0ER 12K; McLoughlin was promoted to Williamsport based on his start with GCL Phils

Jacob Waguespack, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 4 games with GCL Phils, 0-0 with a 7.94ERA; 5.2IP 9H 1BB 7K.

Andrew Godail,22, Phils 26th round pick of 2015; 8 games; 0-0 with a 2.08ERA; 8.2IP 6H 9BB 8K; .194 opp avg; The walks are an issue early on.

Skylar Hunter, 21, Phils 12th round pick of 2015; 8 games, 2-1 with a 2.19ERA; 12.1IP 12H 3BB 5K; .250 opp avg; 1.22 WHIP; 2.2BB/3.6K per 9.  Hunter has looked good absent one poor outing.

Robert Tasin, 23, Phils 19th round pick of 2015; 8G, 0-0 with a 0.82ERA; 6SV; 11IP 4H 2BB 8K; .114 opp avg; 0.55 WHIP; Outstanding early on.  COuld see time in Lakewood this year.

Kenny Koplove, 22, Phils 17th round pick of 2015; 7 games, 0-0 with a 5.00ERA; 9H 10H 4BB 7K.  Erratic start.

Anthony Sequiera, 22, Phils 23rd round pick of 2015; 8 games, 2-1 with an 0.68ERA; 2SV; 13.1IP 4H 1BB 14K; .091 opp avg; 0.38 WHIP.  Quite the beginning.

Feliberto Sanchez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 7 games, 1-0 with a 3.55ERA; 12.2IP 12H 5BB 10K; .245 opp avg; 1.34 WHIP.


Lewis Alezones, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 8 games with Williamsport; 1-0 with a 12.10ERA; 9.2IP 11H 12BB 10K; Awful start led to demotion to GCL.

Kevin Walsh, 23, Phils 21st round pick of 2015; 5 games, 0-1 with a 4.91ERA; 1SV; 7.1IP 7H 4BB 2K.

Victor Delgado, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 7G, 0-0 with an 8.59ERA; 7.1IP 13H 3BB 5K.  Has been getting hit around.

Seranthony Dominguez, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 2 games (1 start); 1-1 with a 2.35ERA; 7.2IP 7H 7BB 9K.

Nick Fanti, 18, Phils 31st round pick of 2015; One scoreless appearance thus far.

Edgar Garcia, 18, SIgned as a free agent in 2013; 5G, 1-1 with a 3.00ERA; 12IP 10H 4BB 9K; .233 opp avg; 1.17 WHIP; 2.7BB/6.8K; Nice beginning.

Carlos Indriago, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 5G, 0-0 with a 1.59ERA; 11.1IP 12H 1BB 7K; .267 opp avg; 1.15 WHIP.

Tanner Keist, 20, Phils 28th round pick in 2014; 5G, 2-0 with a 0.79ERA; 9.2IP 10H 5BB 10K;

Zach Morris, 22, Phils 24th round pick of 2015; 5G, 2-0 with a 3.52ERA; 7.2IP 5H 5BB 8K.

Will Stewart, 18, Phils 20th round pick of 2015; 3G, 0-0 with a 9.00ERA; 4IP 4H 2BB 1K;

Horace Stubblefield, 22, Phils 28th round pick of 2015; 6G, 0-0 with a 0.00ERA; 4SV; 10IP 5H 2BB 12K; .152 opp avg; 0.70 WHIP; 1.8BB/10.8K per 9;  Has been lights out helping in the closers role.

7 thoughts on “Around the System–Relief Pitching–LK, WP and GCL

  1. Some of these guys have been lights out (Stubblefield and DeNato the most obvious) but they’re way too old for their current level so its hard to know if they have a future or are just minor league arms. My guess is they’ll be pushed either soon or maybe several will skip a level next year. Bottom line is that there are lots of guys here doing extremely well.

    1. This is the reason why I believe getting A level arms in a Hamels trade is not appealing.

      Enough guys are pitching lights out that we should see a lot of movement next season to Lakewood and Clearwater.

      You can never have too much pitching but the cup is clearly full.

    2. I’m surprised moves haven’t been made now, even with the logjam. I’m expecting some promotions & cuts soon, but even if not, some of them will voluntarily retire when the season ends/before or during ST 16, get released in the offseason, etc.

      It’s a good problem to have, for sure, but ultimately, I’m wondering why these guys are staying put, if they’ve been so dominant in whatever level they’re in.

  2. Jairo Munoz has a potential Edubray Ramos like FA signing for the Phils. Too little sample size but I already liked what I’m hearing. Does he need to be protected in the coming Rule 5?

  3. Its good to see numbers like this from some of these guys, but there is no reason a 21 or 22 yr old out of college should be throwing in the GCL or even williamsport. These guys should be starting at Williamsport and if they give a week or two of showing they can dominate they should be moved quickly to Lakwood. No sense in having a 22 yr old getting 17 yr olds out.

    1. Valid point. But, for the sake of accuracy, there are very few 17 year olds in the GCL (on the opposing teams’ rosters that I have – Phillies, Astros, Blue Jays, Braves, Pirates, Tigers, Yankees1, and Yankees2). The median age for position players in the entire is about 19 years, 5 months. The median age for pitchers is about 21 years, 5 months (calculated from BR).

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