Around the System, Relief Pitching–Clearwater and Lakewood


Victor Arano, 21, Acquired from Dodgers in 2014; 25 games, 2-1 with a 2.87ERA; 2SV; 47IP 41H 14BB 54K; .237 opp avg; 1.15WHIP; 0.72 GO/AO; 2.5BB/10.3K per 9; .226 vs LHH, .243 vs RHH, .254 opp avg last 30 days; Arano is one of the relievers that has really impressed this year after struggling in the rotation last year.

Jesen Therrien, 23, Phils 17th round pick in 2011; 20G, 1-2 with a 2.20ERA; 3SV; 26.2IP 17H 19BB 39K; .179 opp avg; 1.35 WHIP; 1.41 GO/AO; 6.4BB/13.2K per 9; .240 vs LHH, .157 vs RHH, .261 opp avg last 30 days; You rarely see an opponents average of .179 and a WHIP as high as 1.35 and that is because of Therrien’s significant control issues.  When/if he is able to significantly improve his command, the Phils may have something here.

Ulises Joaquin, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 30 games between Reading and Clearwater with a 3.22ERA; 8SV; 44.2IP 38H 12BB 40K; .233 opp avg; 1.12 WHIP; 1.26 GO/AO; 2.4BB/8.1K per 9; For Clearwater: 2.13ERA; .188 opp avg; 0.92 WHIP; Joaquin was very poor for Reading early in the year and was sent back to Clearwater where his has been very good.

Matt Hockenberry, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2014; 26G between Reading and Clearwater; 0-1 with a 1.89ERA; 38IP 24H 16BB 35K; .186 opp avg; 1.05WHIP; 0.75GO/AO; 3.8BB/8.3K per 9; For CW: 1.35ERA; .177 opp avg; 0.99 WHIP; Hockenberry has been called up to Reading on three separate occasions only to be sent back after 1 appearance each.  His performance deserves a prolonged look in AA.

Joey DeNato, 24, Phils 19th round pick in 2014; 24G; 2.92ERA; 37IP  31H 13BB 34K; .237 opp avg; 1.19 WHIP; 0.47 GO/AO; 3.2BB/8.3K per 9; .273 vs LHH, .224 vs RHH, .233 last 30 days; Denato has been consistently doing a good job this year, a step below his 2015 dominance at Lakewood.

Will Morris, 23, Phils 24th round pick in 2013; 18G (7 starts) between Reading and CW: 4-3, 3.65ERA: 61.2IP 67H 15BB 31K; .273 opp avg; 1.33 WHIP; 0.82 GO/AO; 2.2BB/4.5K per 9; .250 vs LHH, .276 vs RHH, .224 last 30 days; Morris has been effective in every role given to him this year.  Not overpowering but gets outs.



Edgar Garcia, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 14G; 2-0 with a 1.21ERA; 29.2IP 27H 4BB 33K; .237 opp avg; 1.04WHIP; 1.12 GO/AO; 1.2BB/10.0K per 9; .258 vs LHH, .212 vs RHH; You have to be excited about a 19 year old that has BB/K ratio that Garcia does.  He has been lights out for the BlueClaws.

Skylar Hunter, 22, Phils 12th round pick in 2015; 8 games, 0-1 with a 5.54ERA; 13IP 15H 3BB 10K; .273 opp avg; 1.38 WHIP; 1.00 GO/AO; 2.1BB/6.9K per 9; After serving his 50 game suspension for the use of performance enhancing drugs, Hunter has been less than impressive.

Sutter McLoughlin, 22, Phils 22nd round pick in 2015; 15G, 1-1 with a 2.78ERA; 22.2IP 19H 5BB 20K; .232 opp avg; 1.06 WHIP; 0.70 GO/AO; 2.0BB/7.9K per 9; .302 vs LHH, .154 vs RHH, McLoughlin joined the team in May and has been very effective.  He has not yielded a HR all year.

Luis Morales, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2009; 20G, 0-3 with a 5.58ERA; 40.1IP 38H 16BB 32K; .250 opp avg; 1.34 WHIP; 1.15 GO/AO; 3.6BB/7.2K per 9; .338 vs LHH, .173 vs RHH; 6.65 ERA in last 10 games; Drastic splits and really struggling as of late.

Zach Morris, 23, Phils 24th round pick in 2015; 31G, 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA: 3SV; 40.1IP 38H 19BB 34K; 0HR allowed;. .250 opp avg; 1.41 WHIP; 0.95GO/AO; 4.2BB/7.6K per 9; .271 vs LHH, .232 vs RHH, .133 opp avg last 30 days; Morris has been outstanding as of late, becoming the late inning ” go to” guy in the Lakewood ‘pen.

Jeff Singer, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 6G between Williamsport and Lakewood; 12IP 3H 2BB 17K; 0.00ERA; .075 opp avg; 0.42 WHIP; Singer has been lights out thru his first 6 games.

Jacob Waguespack, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 27G 4-1 with a 4.27ERA; 4SV; 46.1IP 50H 21BB 39K; .269 opp avg; 1.53 WHIP; 1.75 GO/AO; 4.1BB/7.6K per 9; .247 vs LHH, .290 vs RHH, .302 opp avg last 30 days; 7.27ERA over last 10 G.  Waguespack was effective early on this season but seems to have hit a wall as of late.


9 thoughts on “Around the System, Relief Pitching–Clearwater and Lakewood

  1. I work at a restaurant part time and Jeff Singer’s gfriend works there. I am really rooting for him and you couldn’t have a better start. Hoping to take a road trip to Lakewood soon

    1. had just checked out his stats-history on baseball cube- interesting path to Lakewood.

  2. E Garcia started first game of doubleheader 5ip 1h 4k maybe 1 bb….drops era to 1.04

  3. The Phils like to make half seasons out of pitchers in LKW. Some pitchers relieve for 30 innings or so and then they use them as starters for most of the remainder of the season. They’ll also have a guy start for the 1st half and then relieve in the 2nd half. They did it with Bonilla and Bastardo. Edgar might be used like that. Once they are strong enough, they usually go to full time starting until they get higher in the org. Edgar looks pretty darn good for a 19 y/o in LKW. He’s the 2nd youngest player on the LKW roster after Randolph.

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