Daily Archives: September 3, 2018

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

Lehigh Valley

Tom Eshelman, 24, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 27 games (26 starts); 2-13 with a 5.84ERA; 1.67WHIP; 2.9BB/6.7Kper 9; 140IP;.281 vs RHH, .365 vs LHH,0-4 with a 6.68ERA since Aug 1; Eshleman had just an abysmal year after multiple very good seasons in the organization.  Pre-season, I thought he had a chance of seeing time with the Phillies.  He simply couldn’t get anyone out and lost his pinpoint command; Grade: F; 2019: Back to Lehigh Valley

Cole Irvin, 24, Phils 5th round pick in 2016; 26 games (25 starts); 14-4 with a 2.57ERA; 161IP; 1.05WHIP; 2.0BB/7.3K per 9; .230 vs RHH, .217 vs LHH; 5-1 with a 1.41ERA since Aug 1; Irvin was perhaps the best starter in the IL and got better as the season went along.  He has progressed each year in the system and with the Phils in need of a left handed starter, he will get the first shot in ’19.   Grade: A

Enyel De Los Santos, 22, Acquired from San Diego in 2017; 22 starts; 10-5 with a 2.63ERA: 127IP; 1.16WHIP; 3.1BB/7.8K per 9;.249 vs RHH, .216 vs LHH; 1-1 with a 3.00ERA in 5 starts since August 1; De Los Santos put himself on the map this season with an excellent 2018 where he was consistently very good.  Grade: A-; 2019: Likely will bounce back and forth between Lehigh Valley and Philly challenging for a rotation spot.

Drew Anderson, 24, Phils 21st pick in 2012; 9-4 with a 3.87ERA in 19 starts with Lehigh Valley; 111IP; 1.15WHIP; 2.5BB/7.2K per 9; .250 vs RHH, .221 vs LHH; 3.63ERA in 6 starts since Aug 1; Anderson’s season got started about 6 weeks late after coming back from injury.   He was solid, yet not overpowering this season.  Got a cup of coffee on multiple occasions with the Phils and struggled.  Grade: B-; 2019: Lehigh Valley Continue reading Around the System–Starting Pitching, LV, REA, CW–Final Grades

Open Discussion: Week of September 3, 2018

The Phillies continued their slide out of playoff contention.  A week ago they were 3.0 games behind the Braves in the division race and 2.0 games behind the second wild card with the Rockies in front of them.  Now they are 4.0 games behind the Braves and 3.5 games out of the second wild card with two teams in between, the Rockies and Diamondbacks.

The Phillies still have 26 games remaining, 22 against teams in their own division and 4 against the Rockies.  Unfortunately, the Phillies have a losing record within their own division.  Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 3, 2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 9/2/2018

Roman Quinn was finally removed from the prospect list.  He had been ranked 15th in the organization.  Everyone below #15 moved up one and Simon Muzziotti made the list at #30.

The Clearwater Threshers (77-60) closed out their 2018 regular season with a 2-1 loss to the Fort Myers Miracle.  Ramon Rosso (2.91) threw three, shutout innings.  Probably s he could be available earlier during the playoffs.  He allowed 5 hits, walked none, and struck out three.  He threw 44 pitches, 33 strikes (75%).  

Four relievers got some pre-playoff work in.  J.D. Hammer (1-2, 2.79) suffered the loss striking out 3 in his one inning, but being charged with 2 unearned runs.  Alberto Tirado (2.18) struck out 3 in two innings.  Grant Dyer (4.78) pitched a perfect inning.  Addison Russ (1.69) pitched a scoreless inning. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 9/2/2018