Around the System–Relief Pitching

Lehigh Valley (stats thru Saturday)

Luis Garcia, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 13 games, 1-1 with a 3.18ERA; 17IP 12H 11BB 14K; .207 opp avg; 1.35 WHIP; 1.75 GO/AO; 5.8BB/7.4K per 9; .250vs LHH, .190 vs RHH, .188 opp avg in May.  When he has gotten the ball over the plate, Garcia has been effective, however getting the ball over the plate has been a battle.

Severino Gonzalez, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 12 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 2-0 with a 2.19ERA; 24.2IP 25H 4BB 14K; .250 opp avg; 1.18 WHIP; 0.94 GO/AO; 1.5BB/5.1K per 9; For Lehigh Valley: 2.57 ERA; .271 opp avg; 1.29WHIP.  Gonzalez has pitched pretty well in his transition to the bullpen.

Bobby LaFromboise, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 11 games, 1-3 with a 6.00ERA; 15IP 26H 9BB 8K; .362 opp avg; 2.33WHIP; 1.31 GO/AO; 5.4BB/4.8K per 9; .500 vs LHH, .340 vs RHH; .436 in May; LaFromboise came close to making the Phils opening day roster after pitching very well in Spring Training, however has been absolutely brutal this year for LV.  The LOOGY has allowed left handed hitters a .500 average.  Not much more to say.

Edward Mujica, 32, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 17 games, 0-3 with a 5.79ERA; 10/14SV; 18.2IP 25H 2BB 16K; .321 opp avg; 1.45 WHIP; 0.82 GO/AO; 1.0BB/8.0K per 9; .375 vs LHH, .296 vs RHH; .351 opp avg in May; While leading the league in saves, Mujica’s performance has been mediocre at best.

Edubray Ramos, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 17 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 2-1, 1.54ERA; 7/9SV; .188 opp avg; 0.73 WHIP; 0.84 GO/AO; For Lehigh Valley: 6G, 1-0 with a 0.00ERA in 8.1IP; 0.0BB/8.7K per 9; .154 vs LHH, .263 vs RHH, .219 in May.  Ramos is the reliever that has most impressed in the organization and assuming continued production will see time in Philly this year.

Michael Mariot, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2016; Has pitched in 2 games (3IP) for Lehigh Valley since his activation from the DL without yielding an ER

James Russell, 30, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 8 games (1 start); 1-0 with a 0.96ERA; 9.1IP 7H 5BB 4K; .206 opp avg; 1.29 WHIP; 0.77 GO/AO; Russell started the year with the Phils and was sent down.  He has pitched well in multiple roles thus far for the ‘Pigs.

Frank Hermann, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2016; Activated from the DL on Friday

Reading

Jeremy Bleich, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 15 games, 0-1 with a 3.57ERA, 1 SV; 17.2IP 18H 9BB 10K; .261 opp avg; 1.53 WHIP; 2.15 GO/AO; 4.6BB/5.1K per 9; .276 vs LHH, .250 vs RHH, .258 opp avg in May.  Bleich has been an innings eater for Reading putting up fairly pedestrian numbers.

Gregory Infante, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 11 games between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 3-1 with a 4.08ERA; 17.2IP 15H 11BB 7K; .246 opp avg; 1.47WHIP; 0.95 GO/AO; 5.6BB/3.6K per 9; Infante had a 5.56ERA in 7 appearances for Lehigh Valley where he lacked command and was sent down to Reading.  Has pitched fairly well in his 4 games for the Fightins.

Mark Leiter, 25, Phils 22nd round pick in 2013; Activated from the DL about 2 weeks ago and has made three appearances without giving up an ER (3.2IP)

Hoby Milner, 25, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; 11 games between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 1-0 with a 0.00ERA; 1SV; 16.1IP 7H 2BB 15K; .130 opp avg; 0.55 WHIP; 1.19 GO/AO; 1.1BB/8.3K per 9; .111 vs LHH, .238 vs RHH, .182 opp avg in May.  Milner has been absolutely lights out.  Not sure what he needs to do to crack the LV bullpen but would like to see him there.

Miguel Nunez, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2009; 14 games between CW and Reading; 0-1 with a 3.00ERA; 6SV; 18IP 13H 6BB 25K; .206 opp avg; 1.06 WHIP; 0.79 GO/AO; 3.0BB/12.5K per 9; For Reading: 8G, 2.79ERA, .212 opp avg; 1.34WHIP. Nunez has thrown real well and is progressing nicely as a potential mid to late inning option in the seasons ahead.

Joely Rodriguez, 24, Acquired from Pittsburgh in 2014; 14G between Clearwater and Reading: 0-0 with a 2.70ERA; 3/4SV; 20IP 14H 11BB 18K; For Reading: 7G, 4.63ERA; .324 opp avg; 1.80 WHIP; 5.33 GO/AO; 7.7BB/4.6K per 9; After a lousy year last year in the Lehigh Valley rotation, Rodriguez was sent all the way down to Clearwater to transition to the late inning bullpen.  Pitched well for the Threshers out of the ‘pen but has really struggled for the Fightins.

Reinier Roibal, 27, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2016; 10 games between LV and REA; 0-1 with a 7.58ERA; 19IP 30H 6BB 14K; .357 opp avg; 1.89 WHIP; 0.95 GO/AO; 2.8BB/6.6K per 9; Roibal is the guy that has bounced back and forth between the rotation/bullpen and between REA/LV depending on need.  Has been ineffective but bouncing all around between roles.

Tom Windle, 24, Acquired from Dodgers in 2014, 14G, 1-1 with a 8.36ERA; 14IP 21H 6BB 16K; .344 opp avg; 1.93WHIP; 0.92 GO/AO; .304 vs LHH, .368 vs RHH, .444 opp avg in May; There was talk that with a successful first two months, Windle could quickly find himself in the Phils bullpen,  It has not been successful to say the very least.

Clearwater

Victor Arano, 21, Acquired from Dodgers in 2014; 12G, 1-0 with a 3.38ERA; 21.1IP 18H 9BB 22K; .228 opp avg; 1.27WHIP; 0.43 GO/AO; 3.8BB/9.3K per 9; .200 vs LHH, .245 vs RHH, .309 opp avg in May; Arano has transitioned to the bullpen and it has been largely successful thus far with several impressive outings.

Joe DeNato, 24, Phils 19th round pick in 2014; 11G, 0-0 with a 2.51ERA; 14.1IP 12H 3BB 14K; .218 opp avg; 1.05WHIP; 0.53 GO/AO; 1.9BB/8.9K per 9; .400 vs LHH, .150 vs RHH, .238 opp avg in May; The small framed, left handed DeNato has thrown well albeit with some strange reverse splits.

Matt Hockenberry, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2014;11G between REA and CW; 0-1 with a 1.47ERA; 18.1IP 13H 7BB 15K; .206 opp avg; 1.09WHIP; 0.84 Go/AO; 3.4BB/7.4K per 9; .167 vs LHH, .244 vs RHH, .294 opp avg in May; Hockenberry is putting up impressive numbers once again in 2015, although in appears his use has been in lower leverage situations than last year.  He has done nothing but get outs since being drafted.  Would like to see him in Reading.

Ulises Joaquin, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 14G between REA and CW; 1-0 with a 3.86ERA; 1/2SV; 21IP 19H 6BB 18K; .244 opp avg; 1.19WHIP; 1.21GO/AO; 2.6BB/7.7K per 9; For CW: 8G; 1.26ERA; .125 opp avg; 0.70 WHIP; Joaquin was getting crushed in Reading (9.45ERA/.433 opp avg) before getting sent down to figure things out.

Yacksel Rios, 22, Phils 12th round pick in 2011: 14G between REA and CW; 1-1 with a 4.34ERA; 18.2IP 20H 14BB 22K; .282 opp avg; 1.82 WHIP; 1.36 GO/AO; 6.8BB/10.6K per 9; Rios was not throwing strikes in Reading and he was sent down to Clearwater last week to figure things out.

Alexis Rivero, 21,Signed as a free agent in 2012; 14G, 2-1 with a 1.40ERA; 3SV; 19.1IP 12H 5BB 24K; .179 opp avg; 0.88 WHIP; 1.06 GO/AO; 2.3BB/11.2K per 9; .118 vs LHH, .200 vs RHH; .194 opp avg in May; Rivero has been excellent this year once again progressing extremely well.

Jesen Therrien, 23, Phils 17th round pick in 2011; 12G, 1-2 with a 1.93ERA; 3SV; 18.2IP 10H 10BB 27K; .152 opp avg; 1.07 WHIP; 1.73 GO/AO; 4.8BB/13.0K per 9; .222 vs LHH, .125 vs RHH, .115 opp avg in May.  Therrien belongs in Reading, plain and simple.  I see him there within a month, maybe less.

Lakewood

Edgar Garcia, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2013; Has made 3 appearances since being activated and thrown well (4.1IP 4H 1ER 1BB 4K).  Has a lot of promise.

Kenny Koplove, 22, Phils 17th round pick in 2015; 7G; 0-1 with a 11.32ERA; .310 opp avg; 2.23WHIP; 0.57 GO/AO; 8.9BB/7.9K per 9; .263 vs LHH, .348 vs RHH.  Not much positive to speak of for Koplove.  Not getting the ball over the plate and not getting outs.

Sutter McLoughlin, Phils 22nd round pick in 2015; McLoughlin was activated recently and thrown very well in three games (3.2IP 1H 1BB 2K).

Luis Morales, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2009; 9G, 1.62ERA; 2SV; 16.2IP 15H 5BB 17K; .234 opp avg; 1.20 WHIP; 0.83 GO/AO; 2.7BB/8.9K per 9; .344 vs LHH, .125 vs RHH, .250 opp avg in May.  Morales has thrown as well as any Lakewood reliever thus far.

Zach Morris, 23, Phils 24th round pick in 2015; 16G, 3-1 with a 5.49ERA; 19.2IP 25H 10BB 15K;.316 opp avg; 1.78 WHIP; 1.22 GO/AO; 4.4BB/7.4K per 9; .324 vs LHH, .311 vs RHH, .276 opp avg in May; Morris has been very hittable while pitching predominately in a middle relief role.

Robert Tasin, 24, Phils 19th round pick in 2015; 18G, 1-3 with a 3.57ERA; 6/10SV; 22.2IP 27H 10BB 24K; .307 opp avg; 1.63 WHIP; 1.69 GO/AO; 4.0BB/9.5K per 9; .421 vs LHH, .220 vs RHH, .324 opp avg in May; Tasin has seen a lot of time late in games and has been extremely mediocre.  Left handed hitters are just destroying him.

Jacob Waguespack, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 15G, 3-1 with a 2.96ERA; 24.1IP 20H 12BB 20K; .225 opp avg; 1.32 WHIP; 2.00 GO/AO; 4.4BB/7.4K per 9; .196 vs LHH, .256 vs RHH, .162 opp avg in May.  Good numbers early on for Waguespack who has been used often has been effective

 

6 thoughts on “Around the System–Relief Pitching

    1. Before seeing this post, I was just going to comment on Ramos. While nobody was paying attention, he became arguably the best reliever in the system. He was in rookie ball at the end of 2014 – his progress has been phenomenal.

  1. Nunez and Milner in AA have some impressive BB and K rates, they may put themselves on Phillies radar this year. Leiter is another who can progress.

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