Daily Archives: May 15, 2018

Around the System–Starting Pitching

Lehigh Valley

Enyel De Los Santos, 22, Acquired from San Diego in 2018; 4 starts; 4-0 with an 0.84ERA; 32.1IP 24H 13BB 39K; .203 opp avg; 1.13WHIP; 3.6BB/10.9K per 9; .184 vs LHH; .217 vs RHH; Has been outstanding this season after being acquired in the Freddy Galvis deal.

Jacob Waguespack; 23, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 7 games (6 starts) between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0-3 with a 5.23ERA; 31IP 35H 17BB 31K; .280 opp avg; 1.68WHIP; 4.9BB/9.0K per 9; Has flip flopped between Reading and LV whenever an extra starter has been needed and has done a serviceable job in a difficult role.

Tom Eshelman, 23, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 7 starts; 1-3 with a 6.87ERA; 36.2IP 57H 14BB 32K; 7HR allowed; .358 opp avg; 1.94WHIP; 3.4BB/7.9K per 9; .378 vs LHH; .341 vs RHH; 7 HR allowed; Eshelman started the season on the verge of breaking through to the big club and has seemingly forgotten how to pitch through the first 6 weeks.  After holding the opposition to a .227 average last season in AAA, something is amiss.

Cole Irvin, 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2016; 7 starts; 3-1 with a 3.21ERA: 42IP 34H 11BB 37K; .224 opp avg; 1.07WHIP; 2.4BB/7.9K per 9; .139 vs LHH, .250 vs RHH; It quickly putting himself on the forefront of the radar screen, especially with his left arm.

Ben Lively, 26, Acquired from Cincinnati in 2014; Has made one start for Lehigh Valley and did not allow an ER in 5IP.  Sent down after coming off the DL in Philly.  Was 0-2 with a 6.85ERA for the Phils before getting injured.



Harold Arauz, 22, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 7 starts; 3-1 with a 4.34ERA; 37.1IP 35H 11BB 33K; .254 opp avg; 1.23 WHIP; 2.7BB/8.0K per 9; .267 vs LHH; .238 vs RHH; Arauz has been a tick above average through the  early going.

Elneiry Garcia, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 4 starts; 0-3 with a 5.57ERA; 21IP 27H 10BB 12K; .297 opp avg; 1.76WHIP; 4.3BB/5.1K per 9; .385 vs LHP; .282 vs RHP; The results have not been pretty this season for Garcia.

Franklyn Kilome, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 6 starts, 1-1 with a 5.74ERA; 26.2IP 26H 12BB 34K; .263 opp avg; 1.43WHIP; 4.1BB/11.5K per 9; .381 vs LHH, .175 vs RHH; Kilome needs to learn how to be effective on those nights when he doesn’t have his best stuff.  Walks have really hurt him and has not been able to get out left handed hitters

JoJo Romero, 21, Phils 4th round pick in 2016; 7 starts; 0-4 with a 6.38ERA; 36.2IP 43H 19BB 31K; .291 opp avg; 1.69WHIP; 4.7BB/7.6K per 9; .206 vs LHH, .316 vs RHH; 6HR allowed; Romero was(is) a guy I have huge hopes for in 2018.  His walk rate has spiked, K rate has dropped and is giving up the homerun ball.  His fastball is down a couple of ticks and I wonder whether he is hurting..? Continue reading Around the System–Starting Pitching

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/14/2018

Clearwater Threshers (15-21) postponed, rain.  Jerad Eickhoff was supposed to pitch followed by Connor Seabold.  With the game rescheduled as part of a double header Tuesday, the probables are Adonis Medina and Seabold.  These are 7-inning games. Wednesday morning’s 10:30 AM start is listed as TBD (would have been McKenzie Mills) and Thursday’s probable is Mauricio Llovera.  Eickhoff may get the Wednesday start. Don’t be surprised if Nick Fanti pops up somewhere in the rotation with a starter going to the bullpen.  I know there has been a lot of speculation that Llovera will end up in the pen.  Don’t be surprised if it is another starter at this time.  BTW, the weather is pretty bad, this is Palm Beach’s only visit this season, and the team will want to get these four games in.  They probably could have played as scheduled Monday night. Hindsight is always 20/20.  They probably won’t be as quick to postpone a game the rest of the week.  Maybe get the first game in, reschedule the second game as part of a next day double header.  Should be a fun week.  Could conceivably play the entire series as seven inning games. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/14/2018