Monday, August 02, 2010

Highlights of Phillies Pharm

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs:
AAA 44-65
*Antonio Bastardo has been perfect. How perfect? 14 games, 12.1 ip, 19 k, with only 7 baserunners allowed and no runs (0.00 ERA/0.57 WHIP). That's awesome, Danys Baez sucks!

*Vance Worley has pitched exceptionally well since his promotion. 2 starts, 13.2 ip, 0.66 ERA, 0.95 WHIP. This after going 9-4 and 3.20/1.33 over 19 starts in Reading.

*Michael Schwimer has done nothing but strikeout batters throughout the minor leagues. The 6'8" 246 lb. reliever has sat down 219 batters in 158.2 innings. The 24 year old is now getting his feet wet in Triple-A and is likely to get a shot at the Phils bullpen next season.

*Since Domonic Brown joined the Phillies, it leaves the Iron Pigs void of any offensive prospects, but minor league veteran Andy Tracy continues to hit- .280/.882, and could be a stopgap at 1st base should Howard need a 15-day DL stint.

Reading Phillies:

AA 53-53
*Matthew Rizzotti/1B is quickly working his way up the Phillies prospect list. His eye-popping season continues, currently batting .364/1.104 with 25 2b, 16 hr, 60 rbi in 73 games at Double-A. Can we teach him to play leftfield?

*Harold Garcia/2B broke the Florida State leagues hitting streak record then was promoted to Reading where he remains raking. In 23 games he's batted .333/.902, after batting .335/.889 with Clearwater. Let him tryout some shortstop and we're possibly looking at the Phillies future utility that can actually hit.

*Justin De Fratus has pitched well since his promotion and now has a 1.75 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP through 51.1 ip this season (combined numbers from Clearwater).

Clearwater Threshers:
High A 51-56
*The Threshers have fallen on hard times since the promotion of most of their offensive talent (Cody Overbeck, Rizzotti, Garcia) and the trade of Anthony Gose. The only threat with the bat that remains is Steve Susdorf/OF (.276/.764), but he's struggled off-and-on this season.

*Some pitching remains though in the form of Jesus Sanchez and Austin Hyatt. Hyatt has the making of a future top-of-the-rotation pitcher. 146 k in 111.1 ip this year, and since being drafted in the 15th round in 2009 he's put up nice numbers: 12-5, 170.1 ip, 235 k, 2.59 ERA, 1.01 WHIP.

Lakewood BlueClaws:
A 65-41
*Jonathan Singleton/1B has cooled off since we last checked in on him, but his season line remains solid- .312/.935, 18 2b, 12 hr, 60 rbi in 73 games.

*Lakewood's success comes from their pitching staff which is laden with gifted arms (Brody Colvin, Colby Shreve, Joshua Zeid, Ebelin Lugo, Jordan Ellis, and Trevor May). However, two relievers have put themselves on the map with outstanding performances recently- Julio Rodriguez and Luke Wertz. Rodriguez is only 19 and has struckout 41 batters in 27.1 innings at Lakewood with a 1.98 ERA. Wertz is finally healthy and is blossoming. Since 2007 he owns a 1.10 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and a 7-2 record, albeit in only 49 games.

Williamsport Crosscutters:

A Short Season
*Cesar Hernandez/2B and Miguel Alvarez/OF continue their development. Each is batting over .300, is young, and has good speed.

*Eric Pettis was selected in the 35th round of this year's draft, but you would be hard pressed to find another player having as fantastic of a debut as him. In 10 games he's won 5, saved 4, posted a 1.13 ERA and 0.73 WHIP over 39.2 innings.

*2009 32nd round draft pick Kevin Angelle isn't doing too shabby either. Over 20 minor league starts (combined with last season), Kevin is 6-4, with a 1.65 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 85 k in 103.1 ip.


Preserve Jon said...

Carson, I totally agree on DBrown's swing. To usurp a relevent Wheelerism, it's a "looping swing." He needs to shorten it up to have any prayer of hitting a low and inside breaking ball.

Bob D said...

Rizzotti should be called up if Howard needs to take a DL break. Bastardo, Schwimmer, Mathieson all should be brought up to replace the likes of anyone in the pen not named Durbin. Everyone else is suspect.

GM-Carson said...

The Phils don't have much in the way of bats in the minors, but pitching they do have. Some of these young relievers are going to have to get a real shot at the Phils bullpen next season to stay on the cheaper side.

Preserve Jon said...

Wu Tang Clan ain't nothing to **** with!

With Howard out Tuesday and the potential for no Ibanez, we could be looking at a very interesting lineup.

Polanco, Ransom, Ibanez, Werth, Gload, Brown, Ruiz, Valdez, Halladay.


Preserve Jon said...

And look at that, I inserted Ibanez when I didn't mean to.

Polanco, Dobbs, Werth, Gload(?!), Ransom, Brown, Ruiz, Valdez, Halladay

GM-Carson said...

The Phillies injury rate this season is ridiculous. Hard to win games consistently when someone is always banged up and on the shelf.

SirAlden said...

Great update.

Sadly Rizzoti can never play LF,
and Garcia has never played SS.

When you want a Utility Player
who can play SS and Hit, guess what
you have?

A Starting Major League SS.

SirAlden said...

Bastardo really needs to be called up until he injures himself again.

Delete someone in our PEN.

Addition by subtraction.

GM-Carson said...

Gotta think Garcia could handle SS for a game or two here and there if he has the athletic ability to play 2nd and arm for 3rd.

Bastardo should be called up, but in favor of who? Baez...2 year contract. Madson, Lidge...too costly. Herndon, they don't want to lose him, especially after sticking with him for 4 months already.

Bob D said...

Yeah bring in Bastardo for Lidge, Baez, or whoever. You can pay those guys to lose games or you can pay those guys to sit home and watch the team win games with Bastardo. The payroll is still the same

Bob D said...

Howard with a possible DL trip. grrrr

Bob D said...

Angelle got released today. After you put his pic up and stats. It is a bit of a puzzling move by the Phils.