Around the System–Relief Pitchers

Lehigh Valley

Pat Vendittee, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2017; 13 games, 3-0 with an 0.00ERA; 21IP 4H 12BB 21K; .065 opp avg; 0.76 WHIP; 5.1BB/9.0K per 9; .103 vs LHH, .030 vs RHH; .100 opp avg in May; The walk rate is high.  Everything else is off the charts positive.

Pedro Beato, 30, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 17 games, 0-1 with a 1.86ERA; 11SV; 19.1IP 13H 6BB 16K; 2.8BB/7.4K per 9; .200 vs LHP; .194 vs RHP; .107 opp avg in May; Beato has pitched extremely well this season and  currently leads the league in saves.

Casey Fein, 33, Acquired from Seattle in 2017; Has made 2 appearances for Lehigh Valley and has not given up a run in 2.1IP.

Michael Mariot, 28, Re-signed as a free agent in 2016; 12 games, 1-2 with a 5.27ERA; 2SV; 13.2IP 14H 6BB 15K; 4.0BB/9.9K per 9; .269 opp avg; 1.46 WHIP; .353 vs LHH, .229 vs RHH, .261 opp avg in May; After a very good 2016 with Lehigh Valley, Mariot has put up very average numbers through the first 7 weeks of 2017.

Hoby Milner, 26, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; 12G, 0-0 with an 0.00ERA; 15.2IP 9H 2BB 13K; .170 opp avg; 0.70 WHIP; 1.1BB/7.5K per 9; .083 vs LHH, .241 vs RHH; .148 opp avg in May; After getting selected and returned to the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft, Milner has pitched as if he has something to prove and has been lights out this year.

Colton Murray, 27, Phils 13th round pick in 2011; 7G, 1-0 with a 4.09ERA; 11IP 11H 4BB 17K; .256 opp avg; 1.36 WHIP; 3.3BB/13.9K per 9; .263 vs LHH, .250 vs RHH; Murray started the season on the DL and has thrown fairly well absent the frequent home run ball.

Cesar Ramos, 32, Signed as a free agent in 2017; 11G(2 starts); 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA; 24.1IP 15H 5BB 19K; .174 opp avg; 0.82WHIP; 1.8BB/7.0K per 9; .161 vs LHH, .182 vs RHH, .261 opp avg in May; Ramos has been outstanding in the various roles he has been asked to fill this season.

Reading

Austin Davis, 24, Phils 12th round pick in 2014; 12G, 2-0 with a 1.78ERA between CW and Reading; 25.1IP 21H 4BB 34K; .221 opp avg; 0.99WHIP; 1.4BB/12.1K per 9; 2G for Reading and has thrown 3 shutout innings.  Davis was blowing away hitters in High A and was called up to Reading last week.

Joe DeNato, 25, Phils 19th round pick in 2014; 8G, 2-1 with a 1.69ERA; 10.2IP 9H 5BB 10K; .220 opp avg; 1.31 WHIP; 4.2BB/8.4K per 9; .222 vs LHH, .217 vs RHH; DeNato was activated three weeks into the season and has thrown well.

Mario Hollands, 28, Phils 10th round pick in 2010; 9G, 1-0 with a 3.27ERA; 11IP 12H 10BB 9K; .279 opp avg; 2.00 WHIP; 8.2BB/7.4K per 9; .235 vs LHH, .308 vs RHH; Hollands hasn’t been the same since his surgery and is going nowhere quickly walking almost a hitter an inning.

Miguel Nunez, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2009; 13G, 0-2 with a 1.88ERA; 3SV; 14.1IP 6H 12BB 12K; .130 opp avg; 1.26 WHIP; 7.5BB/7.5K per 9; .043 vs LHH, .217 vs RHH; .056 opp avg in May; The Phillies have put a lot of time and energy into Nunez and he is at times unhittable.  Also, at times, he has little idea where the ball is going.

Yacksel Rios, 23, Phils 12th round pick in 2011; 15G, 1-1 with a 1.61ERA; 22.1IP 12H 4BB 33K; .160 opp avg; 0.72WHIP; 1.6BB/13.3K per 9; .290 vs LHH, .068 vs RHH, .097 opp avg in May; After a very poor 2016, Rios has been one of the most effective relief pitchers in the Phils system.  He has often dominated right handed hitters.

Alexis Rivero, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 12G, 0-1 with a 2.08ERA; 21.2IP 15H 5BB 21K; 2.1BB/8.7K per 9; .203 opp avg; 0.92WHIP; .242 vs LHH, .171 vs RHH, .182 opp avg in May; Rivero has thrown consistently well all year in the middle innings, often throwing multiple innings.

Mario Sanchez, 22, Acquired from Washington in 2016; 12G, 2-0 with a 1.90ERA; 23.2IP 15H 6BB 19K; .179 opp avg; 0.89WHIP; 2.3BB/6.7K per 9; .231 vs LHH, .094 vs RHH, .111 opp avg in May. Sanchez has been the Reading long guy and has done a very good job.

Jesen Therrien, 24, Phils 17th round pick in 2011; 16G, 1-1 with a 1.25ERA; 7SV; 21.2IP 7H 3BB 31K; .100 opp avg; 0.46 WHIP; 1.2BB/12.9K per 9; .147 vs LHH, .056 vs RHH, .038 opp avg in May.  Really??!!   He needs to be moved to Lehigh Valley.  Now.

Clearwater

Harold Arauz, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 9G, 1-2 with a 1.71ERA between Lakewood and Clearwater; 26.1IP 19H 3BB 22K; .202 opp avg; 0.84 WHIP; 1.0BB/7.5K per 9; Arauz spent the first 6 weeks of the season piggy backing Lakewood starters and was outstanding,  He continued that is his first and only CW appearance in which he went 3.2 scoreless innings, striking out 6.

Ranfi Casimiro, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2010; 10G, 1-1 with a 4.50ERA, 1SV; 24IP 19H 6BB 17K; .211 opp avg; 1.04WHIP; 2.3BB/6.4K per 9; .313 vs LHH, .195 vs RHH, .196 opp avg in May; Very important year for Casimiro who returned to Clearwater after an unimpressive 2016.  He has thrown well after a bumpy first couple of weeks.

Edgar Garcia, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2013; 11G; 1-0 with a 4.32ERA; 16.2IP 19H 5BB 22K; .271 opp avg; 1.44 WHIP; 2.7BB/11.9K per 9; .357 vs LHH, .214 vs RHH, .233 opp avg in May; Garcia has been lights out at times and very hittable other times.  Young enough to figure it out.

Tyler Gilbert, 23, Phils 6th round  pick in 2015; 7G, 0-1 with a 2.89ERA; 9.1IP 12H 2BB 8K; .324 opp avg; 1.50 WHIP; Gilbert was getting hit around pretty good before being placed on the DL about 3 weeks ago.

Matt Hockenberry, 25, Phils 9th round pick in 2014; 8G, 0-0 with a 8.38ERA between Reading and Clearwater; 9.2IP 11H 8BB 9K; .289 opp avg; 1.97 WHIP; In 4G with CW: 0.00ERA; 7IP.  Hockenberry was all out of whack for Reading in his four appearances with an ERA above 30.  He has begun to get back on track in Clearwater.

Luke Leftwich, 22, Phils 7th round pick in 2015; 12G, 0-1 with a 4.43ERA; 3SV; 22.1IP 30H 6BB 31K; .330 opp avg; 1.61 WHIP: .344 vs LHH, .322 vs RHH, .270 opp avg in May; 2.4BB/12.5K per 9; Leftwich’s numbers are still suffering from an abysmal first few outings this year, when he couldn’t get anyone out.  He has settled down for a 2.89ERA over his last 10G, working in the bullpen for the first time in his professional career.

Jeff Singer, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 14G, 2-1 with a 1.83ERA; 9SV; 19.2IP 10H 9BB 23K; .149 opp avg; 0.97 WHIP; 4.1BB/10.5K per 9; .150 vs LHH, .149 vs RHH, .129 opp avg in May; SInger continues to surprise and has become the Clearwater closer, throwing extremely well.  Look for him to be moved to Reading come July.

Jacob Waguespack, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 13G, 0-2 with a 3.44ERA; 18.1IP 18H 11BB 21K; .254 opp avg; 1.58 WHIP; 5.3BB/10.3K per 9; .174 vs LHH, .292 vs RHH, .297 opp avg in May; Has thrown competently but needs the walk rate to come down to move forward.

Lakewood

Trevor Bettencourt, 22, Phils 25th round pick in 2016; 9G, 1-0 with an 0.75ERA; 4SV; 12IP 8H 1BB 18K; .195 opp avg; 0.75 WHIP; 0.8BB/13.5K per 9; .200 vs LHH, .192 vs RHH; Bettencourt will be in Clearwater if he keeps this up for the next month.

Ismael Cabrera, 22, SIgned as a free agent in 2013; 10G, 2-2 with a 1.62ERA; 16.2IP 10H 7BB 18K; .175 opp avg; 1.02 WHIP; 3.8BB/9.7K per 9; .087 vs LHH, .235 vs RHH, .316 opp avg in May;  Very good start to the season, albeit with ER allowed his last 2 outings.

Tyler Hallead, 22, Phils 24th round pick in 2016; Hallead was just activated this week and has not yet thrown this season after spending 2016 in WIlliamsport.

Jon Hennigan, 22, Phils 21st round pick in 2016; 12G, 0-1 with a 5.71ERA; 2SV; 17.1IP 19H 12BB 19K; .268 opp avg; 1.79 WHIP; 6.2BB/9.9K per 9; .321 vs LHH, .233 vs RHH, .321 opp avg in May; After a good start to his season, Hennigan was lit up by Hagerstown the other night for 6ER on 7H in 2.2IP.

Will Hibbs, 23, Phils 19th round pick in 2016; 11G, 4-0 with an 0.00ERA; 3SV; 20.2IP 5H 8BB 20K; .076 opp avg; 0.63 WHIP; 3.5BB/8.7K per 9; .000 vs LHH, .119 vs RHH, .045 opp avg in May; Simply outstanding.

Mauricio Llovera, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 10G, 1-0 with a 1.04ERA; 17.1IP 19H 8BB 15K; .292 opp avg; 1.56WHIP; 4.2BB/7.9K per 9; .294 vs LHH, .290 vs RHH, .304 opp avg in June; His ERA is not suggestive of how he has pitched.  Having allowed 6 unearned runs, he has been mediocre thus far.

Zach Morris, 24, Phils 24th round pick in 2015; 11G, 2-2 with a 4.96ERA; 16.1IP 20H 12BB 13K; .294 opp avg; 1.96 WHIP; 6.6BB/7.2K per 9; .368 vs LHH, .265 vs RHH; .333 opp avg in May; After a very good 2016, I’m sure Morris was disappointed to learn his 2017 assignment.  His performance suggests the assignment was correct.

Felipe Paulino, 22, SIgned as a free agent in 2015; 9G (3 starts); 1-3 with a 7.23ERA: 23.2IP 33H 8BB 20K; .337 opp avg; 1.73 WHIP; 3.0BB/7.6K per 9; .362 vs LHH, .314 vs RHH, .303 opp avg in May.  Has been very poor.

 

3 thoughts on “Around the System–Relief Pitchers

  1. The Relief pitchers are great every where but the parent club. I mean Rod can’t get any worse. Garcia needs like 20 pitchers an ing. Now Morgan can we please , please bring up Milner , Venditte , Ramos it can’t get any worse come to July

  2. The Phils relief pitching is totally unwatchable. They have to do something. If they had the Indians relief staff, they might challenge the Nats. Some of these AAA or AA starters must become relievers or the Phils go nowhere. Please no more Garcia (I believe it’s his 5th year) or Morgan or Joly or even Leiber……Please somebodies to give the team hope when the middle innings arrive…..

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