A whole lot to be excited about.
Mark Appel, 24, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 7 starts; 3-2 with a 3.58ERA; 37.2IP 36H 18BB 34K; .250 opp avg; 1.43 WHIO; 0.97 GO/AO; 4.3BB/8.1K per 9; .220 vs LHH, .271 vs RHH, .258 opp avg in May; Appel has thrown generally well however his control has been the demon that has really gotten him into trouble at times.
Alec Asher, 24, Acquired from Texas in 2015; 8 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 4-2 with a 2.30ERA: 54.2IP 39H 7BB 35K; .193 opp avg; 0.84WHIP; 1.18 GO/AO; 1.2BB/5.8K per 9; For Lehigh Valley: 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA and .144 opp avg in 4 starts; After the disappointment of having been sent to AA to start the year, Asher has been consistently excellent for both Reading and Lehigh Valley.
David Buchanan, 27, Phils 7th round pick in 2010; 7 starts; 2-2 with a 3.92ERA; 43.2IP 46H 7BB 18K; .274 opp avg; 1.21 WHIP; 1.40 GO/AO; 1.4BB/3.7K per 9; .302 vs LHH, .257 vs RHH, .275 opp avg in May; .250 opp avg with RISP. Buchanan is a serviceable AAA starter but really doesn’t have the “stuff” right now for any more than that.
Zach Eflin, 22, Acquired from Padres in 2014; 7 starts, 5-0 with a 2.36ERA; 45.2IP 30H 7BB 39K; .185 opp avg; 0.81 GO/AO; 1.04 GO/AO; 1.4BB/7.7K per 9; .190 vs LHH, .182 vs RHH, .185 opp avg in May; Eflin has been outstanding through the first six weeks of the season and has played himself in a position as a potential call up should Adam Morgan continue to struggle.
Jake Thompson, 22, Acquired from Texas in 2015; 7 starts; 2-4 with a 3.32ERA; 38IP 33H 13BB 30K; .237 opp avg; 1.21 WHIP; 0.98 GO/AO; 3.1BB/7.1K per 9; .229 vs LHH, .242 vs RHH, .169 opp avg in May; A very slow start for Thompson, which he has overcome in his last 3 starts, yielding 1 ER in 19IP spanning those starts.
Ben Lively, 24, Acquired from Cincinnati in 2014; 8 starts, 6-0 with a 1.53ERA; 47IP 31H 14BB 46K; .185 opp avg; 0.96 WHIP; 0.84 GO/AO; 2.7BB/8.8K per 9; .174 vs LHH, .195 vs RHH, .177 opp avg in May; Lively has been as good as any pitcher in the organization through 8 starts. Look for a call to Lehigh Valley over the next month.
Ricardo Pinto, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 8 starts, 1-1 with a 3.97ERA; 45.1IP 43H 13BB 25K; .246 opp avg; 1.24 WHIP; 0.96 GO/AO; 2.6BB/5.0K per 9; .247 vs LHH, .245 vs RHH, .225 opp avg in May; 6 very good starts and 2 poor starts have led to a solid first six weeks for Pinto. Needs polishing at the AA level.
Nick Pivetta, 23, Acquired from Washington in 2015; 8 starts, 4-2 with a 3.27ERA; 44IP 36H 15BB 44K; .224 opp avg; 1.16 WHIP; 0.98 GO/AO; 3.1BB/9.0K per 9; .237 vs LHH, .212 vs RHH, .197 opp avg in May; Pivetta is bouncing back very strong after his late season injury in 2015.
John Richy, 23, Acquired from Dodgers in 2015; 4 starts between Clearwater and Reading; 1-1 with a 5.59ERA; 19.1IP 24H 6BB 12K; 2.8BB/5.6K per 9; .233 vs LHH, .429 vs RHH; Bumpy beginnings to 2016 for Richy who started injured and has been largely ineffective since coming back.
Anthony Vasquez, 29, Re-signed as a free agent in 2016; 8 starts; 6-2 with a 1.82ERA; 54.1IP 43H 13BB 36K; .223 opp avg; 1.03 WHIP; 1.15 GO/AO; 2.2BB/6.0K per 9; .228 vs LHH, .221 vs RHH; The consummate minor league war-horse, Vasquez keeps doing what he does, which is to get hitters out.
Ranfi Casimiro, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 7 starts; 5-2 with a 3.35ERA; 37.2IP 32H 10BB 40K; .227 opp avg; 1.12 WHIP; 1.29 GO/AO; 2.4BB/9.6K per 9; .191 vs LHH, .245 vs RHH, .229 opp avg in May; After two full seasons in Lakewood, Casimiro is translating his 2015 success over to Clearwater.
Thomas Eshelman, 21, Acquired from Astros in 2015; 7 starts, 2-1 with a 4.08ERA; 39.2IP 36H 9BB 39K; .238 opp avg; 1.13 WHIP; 1.22 GO/AO; 2.0BB/8.9K per 9; .244 vs LHH, .236 vs RHH, .365 opp avg in May; Eshelman started very quick out of the gate this year but May has been bumpy, with 13ER allowed in 14.2IP in his last 3 starts.
Eineiry Garcia, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 6 games, 3-1 with a 2.27ERA; 35.2IP 25H 9BB 32K; .194 opp avg; 0.95 WHIP; 1.11 GO/AO; 2.3BB/8.1K per 9; .077 vs LHH, .223 vs RHH, .220 in May; After a very solid 2015 in Lakewood, Garcia has been excellent in the early going of 2015.
Matt Imhof, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2014; 7 starts, 4-2 with a 3.58ERA; 37.2IP 30H 27BB 28K; .238 opp avg; 1.51 WHIP; 0.85 GO/AO; 6.5BB/6.7K per 9; .158 vs LHH, .252 vs RHH, .260 opp avg in May. Short bursts of effectiveness seem to regularly be interrupted by a walk rate with which long term success is next to impossible.
Will Morris, 23, Phils 24th round pick in 2013; 6 starts, 2-1 with a 3.64ERA; 29.2IP 36H 8BB 14K; .295 opp avg; 1.48 WHIP; 0.72 GO/AO; 2.4BB/4.2K per 9; .222 vs LHH, .326 vs RHH, .283 opp avg in May; The bottom line has not been bad for as hittable as Morris has been. Right handed hitters are crushing him.
Tyler Viza, 21, Phils 32nd round pick in 2013; 6 starts; 5-1 with a 1.77ERA; 35.2IP 35H 6BB 36K; .250 opp avg; 1.15 WHIP; 1.06 GO/AO; 1.5BB/9.1K per 9; .319 vs LHH, .215 vs RHH, .284 opp avg in May; Viza has transitioned quite nicely to CLearwater, already matching his 2015 win total in Lakewood. His command has been outstanding.
Shane Watson, 22, Phils Comp Round pick in 2012; 7 starts, 2-2 with a 3.20ERA for Lakewood; 39.1IP 32H 11BB 32K; .222 opp avg; 1.09 WHIP; 2.04 GO/AO; 2.5BB/7.3K per 9; .148 vs LHH, .277 vs RHH, After parts of three seasons in Lakewood, Watson has pitched like he has figured something out this year. He was promoted today to Clearwater.
Harold Arauz, 20, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 6 starts; 1-3 with a 4.08ERA; 28.2IP 23H 12BB 23K; .219 opp avg; 1.22 WHIP; 1.18 GO/AO; 3.8BB/7.3K per 9; .250 vs LHH, .193 vs RHH; Arauz has shown promise in the early going.
Tyler Gilbert, 22, Phils 6th round pick in 2015; 1-4 with a 4.54ERA; 39.2IP 43H 9BB 33K; .287 opp avg; 1.31 WHIP; 1.32 GO/AO; 2.0BB/7.5K per k; .292 vs LHH , .284 vs RHH, .237 opp avg in May; Gilbert has shown some promise but has been hit fairly hard this year.
Franklyn Kilome, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 6 starts; 0-4 with a 7.30ERA; 24.2IP 34H 15BB 25K; .330 opp avg; 1.99 WHIP; 1.53 GO/AO; 5.6BB/9.1K per 9; .353 vs LHH, .308 vs RHH, .246 opp avg in May; 2016 has been generally a disaster for Kilome who has struggled with his control and got knocked out early in several starts. Still, the talent is clearly there.
Luke Leftwich, 21, Phils 7th round pick in 2015; 7 starts; 3-2 with a 2.27ERA; 35.2IP 33H 13BB 52K; .243 opp avg; 1.29 WHIP; 1.43 GO/AO; 3.3BB/13.1K per 9; .259 vs LHH; .231 vs RHH; Leftwich had back to back games of double digit strikeouts where he was completely dominant and sits with an astronomical k rate. He has been very, very good with the limited complaint that he has had trouble pitching deep into games.
Drew Anderson, 22, Phils 21st round pick in 2012; Activated from the DL today and will join the Lakewood rotation.Missed all of 2015 after undergoing TJ surgery.