In case you haven’t heard (and really, what else were you doing with your Monday?), Baseball Prospectus released their Phillies Top 10 list today.
There aren’t any major surprises in the top three, with J.P. Crawford in the top slot, Aaron Nola at two, and Maikel Franco third. It’s pretty easy to expect that many lists will have those three guys at the top in some way, shape, or form.
Continue reading Baseball Prospectus releases Phillies top ten
I listened to Aaron Nola’s outing on Baysox radio. Brad was actually there, and posted his observations in the Box Score Recap. Here’s what I charted during the game.
- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- 21 batters, 14 first pitch strikes
- 79 pitches, 50 strikes
- 5 swinging strikes, 13 called strikes, 15 fouls, 17 balls in play
- both strike outs were of the swing-and-miss variety
- 6 ground ball outs, 4 fly ball outs, 2 pop ups, 5 singles
- 2 line drive singles, 1 ground ball single, 2 bunt singles
- 2 of the fly ball outs were line drives
- the radio announcers only mentioned his velo once at 91 mph
- I saw Twitter reports of 92-93 with spikes to 95 and one at 96
- he got no decision and left with the score tied 2-2
I would categorize this as another good outing. These are still uncharted waters for his arm. Even with inning’s limits and pitch counts, he is continuing a starting pitcher’s workout regimen much further into the summer than he ever has.
Aaron Nola 2-hit the Miracle through 5 innings and the Threshers scored 9 runs in the second and third innings as Clearwater beat Fort Myers and took the series against the FSL South, first half division champions, three games to one. In the process, they helped drop the Miracle into a second place tie in the second half standings.
Aaron Nola pitched another good game. He allowed one run on 2 hits and a walk. He threw 73 pitches, 47 for strikes. He relied heavily on his fast ball, throwing predominantly 2- and 4- seam fastballs through the first 3 innings. One of his rare early inning curve balls resulted in a strike out to end the first inning. Continue reading Nola/Quinn Lead Assault on Fort Myers; July 31, 2014
Aaron Nola started against the Jupiter Hammerheads Friday night. Jupiter is about 3.5 hours away, so I listened again over the net and charted from home.
As I mentioned last week, Nola throws 3 pitches – a fastball, change, and curve. Based on the calls during the game, it sounds like he throws about 50 percent fastballs, 30 percent change-ups, and 20 percent curve balls. This is by no means exact, but more a rough idea of how often he throws each. He threw a lot more curves in the fifth inning than he did in earlier innings.
Nola’s line –
A day after Mark Leiter shut out the Charlotte Stone Crabs; Jordan Guth pitched 6 strong innings in his longest outing of the season. Guth and 2 of the 3 pitchers who relieved him pitched the Threshers to a 4-3 victory. Art Charles and Brian Pointer provided the offense.
Jordan Guth had been used primarily as a reliever since his call-up to Clearwater last season. He posted a 3-3 record and 6.28 ERA in 26 appearances in 2013. Guth had made 24 relief appearances before making his first start this year on July 4th at Dunedin. He pitched 4 innings and didn’t figure in the decision. The arrival of Cliff Lee for rehab temporarily squeezed Guth out of the rotation. He pitched a hitless 3 innings against Palm Beach on July 13th. Continue reading Guth Guts Crabs; July 21, 2014