Around the System–Starting Pitching, Lower Levels

A look around the lower levels with plenty to talk about in Clearwater and Lakewood; Too early for any commentary on Williamsport or GCL performances.

Clearwater

Edgar Garcia, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 19G (8 starts); 2-3 with a 4.03ERA; 51.1IP 55H 17BB 56K; .271 opp avg; 1.40WHIP; 3.0BB/9.8K per 9; .310 vs LHH, .244 vs RHH, .298 opp avg last 30 days; Garcia moved into the Clearwater rotation relatively recently and the results have been ok, his stuff is a bit better than ok.

Franklyn Kilome, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 14 starts; 4-3 with a 2.61ERA; 69IP 65H 26BB 62K; .257 opp avg; 1.32WHIP; 3.4BB/8.1K per 9; .255 vs LHH, .259 vs RHH, .253 opp avg last 30 days; Very Good results for Kilome but not overwhelming; Has been consistent all season; Needs to improve his walk rate a bit.

JoJo Romero, 20, Phils 4th round pick in 2016; 14 starts between CLearwater and Lakewood; 5-2 with a 1.95ERA; 83IP 64H 23BB 89K; 2.5BB/9.7K per 9; .161 vs LHH, .254 vs RHH; .179 opp avg with RISP; Romero has been extremely impressive this year throwing consistently well for Lakewood before his promotion last week to Clearwater.  He projects as a #3 or 4 major league starter at this rate.

Ranger Suarez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 14 starts, all for Lakewood; 6-2 with a 1.59ERA; 85IP 52H 24BB 90K; .177 opp avg; 0.89WHIP; 2.5BB/9.5K per 9; .080 vs LHH, .218 vs RHH; .109 with RISP; 1.05 ERA since June 1; Suarez received his well deserved promotion this week and has yet to make a start for Clearwater; The numbers simply cant get much better.

Jose Taveras, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 14 starts, 5-4 with a 2.45ERA; 88IP 74H 22BB 77K; .227 opp avg; 1.09WHIP; 2.3BB/7.9K per 9; .193 vs LHH, .251 vs RHH, .244 opp avg last 30 days; Taveras has been excellent all season; I would love to see him get a half dozen starts for Reading before the year is out.

Jacob Waguespack, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 21 games, 7 starts; 5-3 with a 2.53ERA; 53.1IP 47H 19BB 57K; 3.2BB/9.6K per 9; .258 vs LHH, .223 vs RHH; .239 opp avg last 30 days; As a starter: 4-1 with a 1.97ERA; .231 opp avg; 1.06WHIP; Waguespack’s transition into the rotation has been largely successful.  Still needs to be stretched out a bit.

Lakewood

Bailey Falter, 20, Phils 5th round pick in 2015; 14 starts, 4-5 with a 3.24ERA; 75IP 80H 13BB 63K; .276 opp avg; 1.24WHIP; 1.6BB/7.6K per 9; .315 vs LH, .245 vs RHH, .300 opp avg last 30 days; Falter has thrown well this year with an occasional expected bump along the way.

Nick Fanti, 20, Phils 31st round pick in 2015; 13 starts; 5-2 with a 3.07ERA; 73.1IP 58H 16BB 74K; .212 opp avg; 1.01WHIP; .232 vs LHH, .201 vs RHH, .287 opp avg last 30 days; 5.88ERA in 5 starts since June 1; Fanti was unhittable for the first two months of the season and whether fatigue or otherwise has been largely ineffective over the last month.

Adonis Medina, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 14 starts, 3-6 with a 3.58ERA; 75.1IP 70H 29BB 90K; .240 opp avg; 1.31WHIP; 3.5BB/10.8K per 9; .291 vs LHH, .196 vs RHH, .265 opp avg last 30 days; Overall, Medina has been throwing well this season.  Probably has 4-5 more starts before he reaches his innings limit for the year.

Mauricio Llovera, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 21 games (1 start); 1-0 with a 2.14ERA; 42IP 39H 19BB 45K; 4.1BB/9.6K per 9; .300 vs LHH, .212 vs RHH, .208 opp avg last 30 days; Llovera has really thrown well as of late, throwing as the Lakewood long man and now transitioning into the rotation with the promotion of Suarez/Romero.  Needs to work on his command for long term success.

Sixto Sanchez, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 10 starts, 3-3 with a 3.04ERA; 50.1IP 38H 5BB 50K; .205 opp avg; 0.85WHIP; 0.9BB/8.9K per 9; .205 vs LHH, .206 vs RHH, .200 opp avg last 30 days; After missing some time injured in May, Sanchez has come back very strong and has pitched as advertised.  Pinpoint command and most often overwhelming the opposition (at least at this level).

Williamsport

Gustavo Armas, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 3 starts; 0-1 with a 5.79ERA; .293 opp avg; 1.50 WHIP.

Andrew Brown, 19, Phils 13th round pick in 2016; 4 games (2 starts); 1-1 with a 3.45ERA; .220 opp avg; 1.02WHIP

Luis Carrasco, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 3 starts, 1-0 with a 1.93ERA; .192 opp avg; 1.29WHIP.

Julian Garcia, 22, Phils 10th round pick in 2016; 3 starts, 2-1 with a 1.50ERA; .136 opp avg; 0.72WHIP.

Will Stewart, 19, Phils 20th round pick in 2015; 3 starts, 1-1 with a 3.21ERA: .245 opp avg; 1.43WHIP.

Kyle Young, 19, Phils 22nd round pick in 2016; 3 starts; 2-0 with a 2.03ERA; .240 opp avg; 1.28WHIP; Dude is 6’11.

GCL

Jose Jiminez, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2016

Manuel Silva, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2016

Francisco Morales, 17, Signed as a free agent in 2016

Sandro Rosario, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2015

Victor Sobil, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2014

 

10 thoughts on “Around the System–Starting Pitching, Lower Levels

  1. There’s a nice host of arms. I’d like to see Garcia and Carrasco get moved up to Lwood but there’s no spots there now. I was hoping Kilome would be a bit better but he’s been ok.

  2. Bailey Falter has his issues with LHBs, which is an oddity for LHPs….ideally, they should be hitting 75 to 100 points lower than what they are hitting now.

  3. I’d say the Phone Phillies scouting have done a good job. Jo Jo Romero s up in Clearwater at 20. Falter holding his own in a Ball.

  4. This group is going to be central to the next wave of successful Phillies teams. So far, you have to be (cautiously) optimistic, right?

    1. I think so, need some bats at the lower levels, I like Mickey and Ortiz and Haseley looks solid. Would love to see another rhh or three

  5. Tremendous depth. Small write up on Young, but I think he is a very exciting prospect.

    Sixto is the star. True Ace potential. A few other 2/3 starters and a lot of 3/4 starters and back end guys who can become useful bullpen arms.

  6. Kyle Young is interesting and a bit confounding at the same time. You’d think he’d throw like Randy Johnson, but he is a soft tosser right now. But he does have 12.5 K/9. And the control seems decent (although last year his 0.7 BB/9 was really impressive). I guess the questions become: 1. can he add velocity? and 2. can he maintain his control if/when he does?

    1. Young says he can bring it up more but has been instructed to work on mechanics/secondary pitches and command. Randy Johnson threw more from the side, 3/4, if Young ever goes that route than he should easily be a mid-90s guy.

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