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

Ranger Suarez, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 21 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 6-3, 2.75ERA; 124IP; .244 opp avg; 1.18WHIP; 2.5BB/6.2K per 9; .164 vs LHH .295 vs RHH; For LV: 9 starts; 2-0 with a 2.74ERA; .257 opp avg; 1.28WHIP; Suarez was solid all year between Reading and Lehigh Valley and his work allowed him to get 2 major league starts, which were largely ineffective.  Suarez has progressed nicely through the minors and with some fine tuning should be a major leaguer.  Grade: B+; 2019: Lehigh Valley to start


JoJo Romero, 21, Phils 4th round pick in 2016; 7-6 with a 3.80ERA in 18 starts; 106.2IP; 1.29WHIP; 3.5BB/8.4K per 9; .253 vs RHH, .213 vs LHH. Significant struggles early in the season for Romero and an injury that cost him the seasons final 6 weeks, sandwiched between 2 months of very solid pitching.  I believe Romero has a major league upside.  Grade: C+; 2019: Likely Reading to start for a half dozen starts then Lehigh Valley

Harold Arauz, 23, Acquired from Astros in 2015; 26 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 9-7  with a 4.69ERA; 140IP; 1.44WHIP; .282 opp avg; 2.8BB/8.0K per 9; .284 vs LHH, .271 vs RHH; Arauz spent the season in Reading other than 2 starts which were bumpy for Lehigh Valley; His numbers were “workmanlike”, generally throwing 5-6 innings and keeping the Fightins’ in the game.  Grade: C; 2019: Reading and could easily be moved to the bullpen with the talent that will be surrounding him.

Connor Seabold, 22, Phils 3rd round pick in 2017; 23 starts between Clearwater and Reading; 5-8 with a 4.28ERA; 130IP; 1.11WHIP; 2.3BB/9.1K per 9; 1-4 with a 4.91ERA in 11 starts for Reading; .216 vs RHH, .235 vs LHH; Seabold threw very well for Clearwater before struggling at the beginning of his AA transition.  He was beginning to come around towards the end of the season.   Grade: B; 2019: Reading

Tyler Viza, 23, Phils 32nd round pick in 2013; 24 games (11 starts) between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 4-6 with a 3.01ERA; 1.23WHIP; 2.7BB/8.4K per 9; .266 vs RHH, .223 vs LHH; Viza started the year with LV and struggled and suffered a mid year injury.  He had a few eye opening starts towards the end of the year that may provide him with another, final shot with the organization next year.  Grade: C+.


Mauricio Llovera, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 23 games (22 starts); 8-7 with a 3.72ERA; 121IP; 1.10WHIP; 2.5BB/10.2K per 9; .231 vs RHH, .213 vs LHH; .221 opp avg; 6-2 with a 3.10ERA since July 1; Llovera was extremely solid this season, and markedly improved over 2017 with Lakewood.  All his numbers improved and he threw an additional 35 innings over ’17.  Grade: B; 2019: Reading

Adonis Medina, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 22 games (21 starts); 10-4 with a 4.12ERA; 111.1IP; 1.24WHIP; 2.9BB/9.9K per 9; .234 vs RHH, .256 vs LHH, .245 opp avg; 3-2 with a 4.07ERA since July 1; Solid season for Medina who had nights where he dominated but not quite as often as ’17 in Lakewood.  His IP were down slightly over the 119 he threw last season.  Grade: B; 2019: Reading, but possibily held back in CW for a half dozen starts.

Bailey Falter,21, Phils 5th round pick in 2015; 17 starts, 8-4 with a 2.69ERA; 93.2IP 1.08WHIP; 1.4BB/8.0K per 9; .244 vs RHH, .255 vs LHH, 3-1 with a 1.83ERA in 6 starts since Aug 1; Falter’s season was interrupted by a month long DL stint but he threw generally very well this season, proving his health by his strong performance the last 6 weeks of the season,  Grade: B+; 2019: Reading

Alejandro Requena, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 12 starts, 4-4 with a 3.60ERA; 65IP; 1.20WHIP; 3.2BB/8.3K per 9; .210 vs RHH, .239 vs LHH, 4-3 with a 3.18ERA in 9 starts since July 1; Requena made 2 early season starts and then missed two months plus on the DL before returning nicely at the end of the season.  His numbers evidence a very solid showing.  Grade: C+ (only because of time lost due to injury); 2019: Likely back to CLearwater to begin

Ramon Rosso, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 22 games (21 starts) between Lakewood and Clearwater; 11-3 with a 2.09ERA; 120IP; 1.07WHIP; 3.0BB/10.2K per 9; For Clearwater: 10 games, 6-2 with a 3.08ERA; 1.22WHIP; 3.4BB/9.4K per 9; .209 vs RHH, .208 vs RHH; Couldn’t ask for a whole lot more out of ROsso than what he gave this season.  He dominated for Lakewood and was then very good for CLearwater after his promotion; Grade: A-

David Parkinson, 22, Phils 12th round pick in 2017; 22 games (21 starts) between Lakewood and Clearwater; 11-1 with a 1.45ERA: 124IP; 1.01WHIP; 2.5BB/10.2K per 9; .176 vs RHH, .250 vs LHH; 3-0 with a 1.24ERA for Clearwater in 5G; Parkinson dominated wherever he threw this season and with another half dozen solid Clearwater starts, should be in the Reading rotation come May; Grade: A+

Sixto Sanchez, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2015; 8 starts, 4-3 with a 2.51ERA; 46.2IP; 1.07WHIP; 2.1BB/8.7K per 9; .231 vs RHH, .217 vs LHH; Sanchez went on the DL in early June and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks and never returned.  When pitching, he threw well, but the season has got to be considered a disappointment because of the failure of the top prospect to stay healthy.  Grade: Inc; 2019: Clearwater to start

Nick Fanti, 21, Phils 31st round pick in 2015; 6 starts, 3-3 with a 7.22ERA: 28.2IP; 1.40WHIP; 2.8BB/5.7K per 9; After dominating Lakewood in 2017, Fanti’s season lasted just 6 starts before being shut down for good.  Grade: Inc; 2019: Clearwater or even Lakewood to start to prove himself without pressure

6 thoughts on “Around the System–Starting Pitching, LV, REA, CW–Final Grades

  1. All in all a solid showing from this group. Aside from Eshelman, no one disappointed performance wise.

    Sixto’s abbreviated season is the thing that really keeps it from being a big success. Medina had an up-and-down year but seemingly progressed enough to stay on the same track and still has a big upside. Similar story for Romero who was on track before injury. Everybody else moved forward in their development, excepting Fanti’s lost season.

  2. Looks like we have a lot of starters fighting for the mlb/AAA spots. It will be interesting what moves will be made in the offseason. They will probably need to trade/dfa/move to the bullpen a few of them. I still think they will try to trade for a cost controlled starter.

  3. Reading will have a very good rotation in 2019 with guys fighting their way up the ladder. The pitching carried Lakewood and Clearwater to the playoffs. The LHV rotation should be good also as most of these guys will repeat.

  4. with the depth of pitching at the major and minor league levels with an ACE with aaron nola in place, the primary issues for this team are clearly the offense/defense in terms of position players and the closer spot
    they have a lot of options for the 4th and 5th spots in the rotation .
    hopefully sixto and Adonis can fill spots in 2-3 behind aaron

  5. Drew Anderson has a 40 man spot now, but that could be in jeopardy with the good depth on the team and in the system.
    Sixto will play in fall and a good showing could put him in talk for Reading start if they want to be aggressive.
    I think we may see some trade bait on this list too.

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