Around the System–Starting Pitching, LV, REA, CW

Lehigh Valley

Cole Irvin, 24, Phils 5th round pick of 2016 draft; 16 starts, 8-3 with a 2.76ERA; 101IP 86H 19BB 87K; 1.04WHIP; 1.7BB/7.8K per 9; .192 vs LHH, .246 vs RHH, .214 opp avg with RISP; Irvin has been consistently excellent all season and should be on the verge on a big league call up.

Enyel De Los Santos, 22, Acquired from San Diego in 2017; 15 starts, 8-3 with a 1.91ERA; 89.1IP 68H 30BB 85K; 1.09WHIP; 3.0BB/8.6K per 9; .236 vs LHH, .189 vs RHH, .131 opp avg with runners on base; See Irvin but perhaps a notch better

Tom Eshelman, 24, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 15 starts, 1-7 with a 6.78ERA: 71.1IP  107H 21BB 51K; 1.87WHIP; 3.2BB/6.5K per 9; .373 vs LHH, .331 vs RHH, .365 opp avg with runners on base; Eshleman was probably the starter closest to a call up as the season began and has had just a miserable year.

Drew Anderson, 24, Phils 21st round pick in 2012; 9 starts; 5-2, 3.35ERA; 48.1IP 38H 12BB 40K; 1.03WHIP; 2.2BB/7.4K per 9; .231 vs LHH, .193 vs RHH, .194 opp avg with runners on base; Anderson has pitched largely very well after missing the first month plus injured.  Biggest issue is his health long term.  Averaging a touch of 5IP a start

Ranger Suarez, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2011; 13 starts between Reading and LV; 4-3 with a 2.71ERA; 79.2IP 72H 20BB 60K; 1.18WHIP; 2.5BB 6.8K per 9; .222 vs LHH, .252 vs RHH, .285 opp avg with runners on base; Suarez has thrown well earning his recent promotion to AAA.

Ben Lively, 26, Acquired from Reds in 2014; 8 starts, 2-2 with a 2.44ERA: 48IP 34H 15BB 42K; 1.02WHIP; 2.8BB/7.9K per 9; .263 vs LHH, .233 vs RHH, .292 opp avg with runners on base; Lively was with the Phils for several weeks and then sent down after several bumpy outings and a DL stint.  After throwing well for LV, Lively is back on the DL.


Harold Arauz, 23, Acquired from Dodgers in 2016; 16 starts, 5-4 with a 4.77ERA; 88.2IP 94H 32BB 72K; 1.42WHIP; 3.2BB/7.3K per 9; .294 vs LHH, .252 vs RHH, .326 opp avg with runners on base; Has been mediocre this season after a very good 2017.

JoJo Romero, 21, Phils 4th round pick in 2016; 16 starts, 6-6 with a 4.27ERA; 92.2IP 86H 35BB 88K; 1.30WHIP; 3.4BB/8.5K per 9; .225 vs LHH, .253 vs RHH, .247 opp avg with runners on base; AFter an abysmal April, ROmero has been throwing like we have expected as of late with a 3-2 record and a 3.25ERA in his last 6 starts.

Franklyn Kilome, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 15 starts, 2-5 with a 4.91ERA; 77IP 77H 38BB 62K; 1.49WHIP; 4.4BB/7.2K per 9; .295 vs LHH, .237 vs RHH, .273 opp avg with runners on base; Kilome has fallen down significantly on the prospect chart with his command being his biggest issue.

Jacob Waguespack, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 16 games (10 starts) between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 55.2IP 62H 26BB 57K; 1.58WHIP; 4.2BB/9,2K per 9; .279 vs LHH, .272 vs RHH, .339 opp avg with runners on base; Waguespack had been a spot starter and long innings guy until recently settling into the Reading rotation.

Connor Seabold, 22, Phils 3rd round pick in 2017; 13 starts between CLearwater and Reading; 4-5 with a 4.22ERA; 74.2IP 65H 16BB 71K; 1.08WHIP; 1.9BB/8.6K per 9; .236 vs LHH, .222 vs RHH, .274 opp avg with runners on base; Seabold was just recently promoted and made his first AA start which was bumpy.  That said, he has plenty of talent and projects as a 4-5 starter.

Elneiry Garcia, 23, SIgned as a free agent in 2012; 10 games (9 starts); 0-6 with a 6.38ERA; 42.1IP 60H 21BB 29K; 1.91WHIP; 4.5BB/6.2K per 9; .429 vs LHH, .288 vs RHH, .376 opp avg with runners on base; Has been just awful and is currently on the DL.


Adonis Medina, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 13 starts, 7-2 with a 4.16ERA; 62.2IP 57H 24BB 63K; 1.29WHIP; 3.4BB/9.0K per 9; .248 vs LHH, .238 vs RHH, .280 opp avg with runners on base; STruggled through APril, but is 5-0 with a 3.00ERA since May 1.

Mauricio Llovera, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 13 games (12 starts); 2-5 with a 4.29ERA; 63IP 54H 21BB 73K; 1.19WHIP; 3.0BB/10.4K per 9; .210 vs LHH, .250 vs RHH, .240 opp avg with runners on base; Overall, Llovera has been throwing well.

Bailey Falter, 21, Phils 5th round pick in 2015; 11 starts, 5-3 with a 3.32ERA; 59.2IP 54H 11BB 58K; 1.08WHIP; 1.7BB/8.7K per 9; .264 vs LHH, .225 vs RHH, .271 opp avg with runners on base; While not many extended outings in his 11 starts, Falter has put up good numbers with excellent command.  Averaging 79 pitches per start.

Mackenzie Mills, 22, Acquired from Washington in 2017; 14 games (10 starts); 0-2 with a 3.54ERA; 53.1IP 57H 17BB 57K; 1.38WHIP; 2.9BB/9.6K per 9; .246 vs LHH, .270 vs RHH, .307 opp avg with runners in base; Up and down year, with things now looking up for Mills, who is back in the Threshers rotation and throwing much better with a 1.45ERA over the last month.

Ramon Rosso, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 13 starts between Lakewood and Clearwater, 6-1 with a 1.22ERA: 73.2IP 47H 21BB 90K; 0.92WHIP; 2.6BB/11.0K per 9; .149 vs LHH, .231 vs RHH, .154 opp avg with runners on base; Rosso was just promoted to Clearwater last week and had an excellent first start as a Thresher.  Has been as impressive as any starter in the organization.

Alejandro Requena, 21, Acquired from Colorado in 2017; 3 starts; 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA; Requena just came off the DL last week after missing about two months injured.

Sixto Sanchez, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 8 starts; 4-3 with a 2.51ERA; 46.2IP 39H 11BB 45K; 1.07WHIP; 2.1BB/8.7K per 9;  Sanchez had a good start to the year but has now been out for a month with an arm injury.

Nick Fanti, 21, Phils 31st round pick in 2015; 6 starts; 3-3 with a 7.22ERA; 28.2IP 31H 9BB 18K; 1.39WHIP; 2.8BB/5.7K per 9; Fanti missed the first 6 weeks of the season injured and had been coming around since coming off the DL, but had an awful outing his last time on the mound.

11 thoughts on “Around the System–Starting Pitching, LV, REA, CW

  1. Loaded at the sp position. LhP ,Rhp , all doing well. Pretty soon a move will have too be made. I mean lively and Eickoff will come back then what .

    1. Lively is staying at Lehigh. There are no assurances that Eickhoff will even be able to pitch this year. And if he does, we still need to see his fastball. Remember last season, his fastball dipped to 89-91.

      1. Not my pt Guru there’s no room at AAA either. I didnt mean the parent club.

        1. Does it really matter? You have to figure that De Los Santos and Irvin are ahead of Lively. Eickhoff needs to prove he’s healthy.

          Anyways, I’m guessing that Anderson and Eshelman gets moved to the bullpen.

  2. Gregg, I love these around the system features. On this one I have one minor adjustment. Harold Arauz didn’t come from the Dodgers but was included in the Giles trade from Houston.
    If we look at that trade 3 years on, Oberholtzer is gone. Appel is gone. Eshelman has to be injured to be pitching this poorly. Velasquez is holding up (although currently on the DL after that comebacker to his arm) and Arauz, a last minute tweak to the trade, is still fighting to make it to the big leagues.

    1. Correct on Arauz.

      The word from the clubhouse on Eshelman is that he’s not at all injured. His velocities and secondary pitches have been fine. It’s simply been his inability to command and locate his fastball. They’re working to get it back, but it’s been a tough year for him. He remains determined to get it fixed.

      1. Crazy, since Eschelman was known for his pin point control, he delivered on that all the way up until now. He has certainly taken a step back after knocking on The Majors door.

        From other commentors posts, a log jam in the SP area is getting worse. With what is at the MLB level down to AA, the GM needs to free up some roster spots with a trade… for a bat. No neEd to throw players away, but let’s hope Klentak navigates this embarrament of riches correctly.

  3. Cole, Ranger, Enyel, Sixto, Adonis, JoJo – this is a really exciting group of young arms. Really looking forward to watching them progress.

    1. What about Kilome? He WAS the arm to follow for awhile, or do you think he has been passed over for these newer prospects?

  4. The starting rotation, once the strength of the AAA team will be taking some hits in short order. The All Star Break can’t come soon enough. Ranger Suarez has an injured groin; you’ll see him go on the DL shortly. Waguespack will take his spot in the rotation. Lively, as we know, has a bad shoulder with no timetable for return. After Anderson’s bomb last night in front of the visiting Kapler, he’ll likely get passed over for the pending promotion to help Philadelphia on Monday. Perhaps a 60-day move will open the 40-man spot necessary for De Los Santos or Irvin. DLS needs a spot after the season anyway. Brandon Leibrandt’s status is unknown at this time.

    1. Elniery Garcia was traded to St. Louis for International Bonus space today. The amount of the International Bonus is not known now. Good move by Phillies as St. Louis is under MLB penalty.

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