The post season report card series begins with a look at starting pitching at the lower levels of the organization. Grades are based on my expectations for the player entering the season against themselves, not against other players. Next up: Starting Pitching at LV, Reading and Clearwater
Harold Arauz, 21, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 19 starts; 6-6 with a 3.18ERA; 99IP 79H 24BB 85K; 4HR allowed; .216 opp avg; 1.04WHIP; .148 GO/AO; .215 vs LHH, .216 vs RHH, .190 opp avg last 30 days; 2.2BB/7.7K per 9; Arauz came into his own this year pitching very well throughout the year with the Phils trying to limit his innings in his first year of full season ball. Very consistent, good command and showed the ability to put hitters away. Grade: B+; 2017: Clearwater
Seranthony Dominguez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 13 starts between Williamsport and Lakewood; 6-3 with a 2.34ERA; 65.1IP 42H 24BB 65K; .185 opp avg; 1.01WHIP; 1.40 GO/AO; 3.3BB/9.0K per 9; For Lakewood: 10 starts, 5-2, 2.42ERA: .202 opp avg; 1.12WHIP; 3.7BB/9.3K per 9; Dominguez had an excellent progressing quickly to Lakewood and continuing with a string of excellent starts for the Claws. Walks need to come down a tick. Grade: A-; 2017: Probably will begin in Lakewood but could move to Clearwater quickly.
Tyler Gilbert, 22, Phils 6th round pick in 2015; 23 starts, 7-9 with a 3.98ERA; 131IP 136H 26BB 106K; 10HR allowed; .264 opp avg; 1.24 WHIP; 0.99 GO/AO; 1.8BB/7.3K per 9; .266 vs LHH, .263 vs RHH, .320 last 30 days; Overall a decent year for Gilbert who struggled and seemed to run out of gas towards the end of the year. He showed very good control this season but was very hittable at times. Grade: C+; 2017: CLearwater
Franklyn Kilome, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 23 starts; 5-8 with a 3.85ERA; 114.2IP 113H 50BB 130K; 6HR allowed; .259 opp avg; 1.42 WHIP; 1.02 GO/AO; 3.9BB/10.2K per 9; .272 vs LHH, .247 vs RHH, .227 last 30 days; 2.77ERA; 1.22WHIP; .233 opp avg post all star break; Kilome really struggled during parts of the first half of the season, lacking confidence and command. He strung together a very nice second half to end the season on an up note and reemphasize he has lights out stuff when he is on. Grade: B-; 2017: Clearwater
Jose Taveras, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 25 games (20 starts) for Lakewood; 8-8 with a 3.28ERA; 137.1IP 116H 26BB 154K;15HR allowed; .229 opp avg; 1.03 WHIP; 0.79 GO/AO; 1.7BB/10.1K per 9; .230 vs LHH, .229 vs RHH, .152 last 30 days; Taveras dominated as much as any Phils minor league pitcher in the seasons final month and has a eye popping walk to strikeout ratio. A very nice body of work for 2016. Grade: B+; 2017: Clearwater rotation and could move quickly if successful.
Alberto Tirado, 21, Acquired from Toronto in 2015; 22 games (11 starts) between Clearwater and Lakewood; 7-1 with a 3.90ERA; 64.2IP 51H 42BB 102K; .217 opp avg; 1.44WHIP; 0.58 GO/AO; 5.8BB/14.2K per 9; .252 vs LHH, .182 vs RHH, .129 last 30 days; In 11 starts, 7-1 with a 2.19ERA. Tirado started the year in Clearwater, struggled as a reliever and then was transitioned to the Lakewood rotation where he had a ton of success, overpowering the competition consistently. The Phils have a dilemma with Tirado as he is Rule 5 eligible. Very few (if any) go from Low A ball to the majors, however with Tirado’s much improved control in the second half of the season after becoming a starter, I think the Phils are going to opt to use a 40 man spot to protect him. Grade: B; 2017: Clearwater rotation
Bailey Falter, 19, Phils 5th round pick in 2015; 13 starts; 1-6 with a 3.17ERA; 59.2IP 61H 17BB 59K; .257 opp avg; 1.31 WHIP; 1.55 GO/AO; 2.6BB/8.9K per 9; .235 vs LHH, .266 vs RHH, .277 last 30 days; Good progress but probably still not ready for a full season in Lakewood; Grade: B; 2017: WIlliamsport to start, Lakewood to finish.
Cole Irvin, 22, Phils 5th round pick in 2016; 10 games (7 starts); 5-1 with a 1.97ERA; 45.2IP 36H 8BB 37K; .209 opp avg; 0.96 WHIP; 1.29 GO/AO; 1.6BB/7.3K per 9; .250 vs LHH, .192 vs RHH, .184 last 30 days; Irvin is clearly advanced and was often significantly ahead of the competition. I would like to see the K rate tick up a notch but threw very well; Grade: A-; 2017: Clearwater rotation
Adonis Medina, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 13 starts; 5-2 with a 2.92ERA; 64.2IP 47H 24BB 34K; 5HR allowed; .203 opp avg; 1.10WHIP; 1.61 GO/AO; 3.3BB/4.7Kper9; .232 vs LHH, .176 vs RHH, .259 last 30 days; Nice numbers but Medina was far from overpowering, pitching to contact. Grade: B+; 2017: Lakewood
Felix Paulino, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 13 starts, 3-4 with a 2.89ERA; 71.2IP 64H 14BB 54K; .238 opp avg; 1.09 WHIP; 2.25 GO/AO; 1.8BB/6.7K per 9; .227 vs LHH, .248 vs RHH, .187 opp avg last 30 days; Paulino finished off the season very strong after having bumpy starts in 2 of his first 3 outings this season. Grade: B+; 2017: Progressing nicely ans should head to Lakewood
JoJo Romero, 20, Phils 4th round pick in 2016; 10 starts, 2-2 with a 2.56ERA; 45.2IP 44H 11BB 31K; .256 opp avg; 1.20 WHIP; 1.94 GO/AO; 2.2BB/6.1K per 9; .256 vs LHH, .256 vs RHH, .252 opp avg last 30 days; Pitched well consistently without overpowering. Solid progress. Grade: B; 2017: Lakewood rotation
Ranger Suarez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 13 starts; 6-4 with a 2.81ERA; 73.2IP 61H 24BB 53K; .223 opp avg; 1.15WHIP; 1.53 GO/AO; .247 vs LHH, .214 vs RHH, .239 last 30 days; 2.9BB/6.5K per 9; Suarez was very solid but not overpowering for the Cutters. He did not have a start in which he lasted less than 5 innings, giving workmanlike efforts each time out. Grade: B+; 2017: Lakewood
Sixto Sanchez, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 11 starts; 5-0 with a 0.50ERA; 54IP 33H 8BB 44K; .181 opp avg; 0.76 WHIP; 1.68 GO/AO; 1.3BB/7.3K per 9; .192 vs LHH, .177 vs RHH, .194 opp avg in August; Sanchez was consistently outstanding all year. He did not have a start all season in which he gave up more then 1ER. Grade: A+; 2017: WIlliamsport
Mauricio Llovera, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 11 games (10 starts); 7-1 with a 1.87ERA; 53IP 39H 12BB 56K; 0HR allowed; .205 opp avg; 0.96 WHIP; 0.69 GO/AO; 2.0BB/9.1K per 9; .243 vs LHH, .181vs RHH, .161 opp avg in Aug; Not quite as good as Sanchez but still, very good for Llovera who gave up a total of 2ER in his final 6 starts of the year. Grade: A-; 2017: Lakewood but his innings late next year will need to be monitored.
Nick Fanti, 19, Phils 31st round pick in 2015; 11 games (9 starts) 7-0 with a 1.57ERA; 51.2IP 36H 9BB 65K; .191 opp avg; 0.87 WHIP; 0.56 GO/AO; 1.6BB/11.3K per 9; .220 vs LHH, .184 vs RHH; Fanti followed up a good 2015 with an excellent 2016, dominating the opposition during almost every appearance. Excellent command and an excellent strikeout rate. Grade: A; 2017: While tempted to double jump based on output, the reality is that Fanti will still need to be stretched out to between 80 and 90 innings next year. Expect that to happen in Williamsport with a late season call up to Lakewood if he has a successful June/July.
Will Stewart, 19, Phils 20th round pick in 2015; 11 games (7 starts); 2-3 with a 4.06ERA; 44.1IP 34H 19BB 35K; 1HR allowed; .217 opp avg; 1.20WHIP; 1.38 GO/AO; 3.9BB/7.1K per 9; .195 vs LHH, .217 vs RHH, .224 in August; Stewart completed his 2nd season in the GCL and made steps forward this season, most specifically with his control which was a significant issue in 2015. Grade: C+; 2017: Williamsport
Luis Carrasco, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 11 games (5 starts); 7-2 with a 2.18ERA; 41.1iP 35H 14BB 50K; .230 opp avg; 1.19 WHIP; 3.47 GO/AO; 3.0BB/10.9K per 9; .271 vs LHH, .212 vs RHH, .182 opp avg in August; Grade: A-; After two years in the Venezuelan Summer League, Carrasco came stateside for the first time this season and threw very well. At 21, old for the GCL and I think the Phils will try to move him to Lakewood to start 2017.
Kevin Gowdy, 18, Phils 2nd round pick in 2016; 4 games, 0-1 with a 4.00ERA; 9IP 9H 2BB 9K; .231 opp avg; 1.22 WHIP. Very abbreviated numbers for Gowdy so extremely hard to judge. Grade: Inc. 2017: Unless he is overpowering in the Spring, I expect him back in the GCL to start 2017