Monday, August 11, 2014

Jerome Williams- Phillies Newest Starting Pitcher

With Roberto Hernandez dealt last week to the Dodgers, Cliff Lee and Jonathan Pettibone both out for the season on the disable list, and Sean O'Sullivan doing horribly in 2 starts, the Phillies went dumpster diving for a starting pitcher and caught some trash in the form of Jerome Williams.

Jerome joins his 3rd team in 6 weeks.  He began the year with Houston, then pitched briefly for Texas, and now comes to Philadelphia.  He's 2-5 with a 6.71 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 57.2 innings.  During his 9 years in MLB he's pitched for the Giants, Cubs, Nationals, Angels, Astros, and Rangers, compiling a 44-52 record in 183 appearances (119 starts) over 834 IP with a 4.51 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

Just when I think the Phillies have hit rock bottom, they sink to a new depth.  How soon will 2014 1st round pick Aaron Nola be ready?


Bob D said...

I usually keep an eye on the minors to see how they are doing. So I will let the numbers speak for themselves:
AAA Leigh 57-65 last place
AA Reading 53-68 last place
A Clearwater 21-29 4th place
A Lakewood 19-31 yes, last place
Williamsport 26-30 3rd place
Gulf Coast 26-18 2nd place

Phillies 53-66 last place

So the only winning team is the lowest level (outside Dominican & Venezuela leagues) and has played the least amount of games. However, there are 2-3 players on each team worth watching.

With the combined records, I would bet that is the worst mark for any organization.

GM-Carson said...

Those are the half season records for Clearwater and Lakewood. Full season are even worse.
Clearwater: 39-80
Lakewoood: 46-73

Morak99 said...

I'm not too worried about the minors, that's just the effects of our top prospects being very spread out.

At least this next series will give us a chance to watch Mike Trout.

GM-Carson said...

I read the minor league box scores every day and the system is pretty much void of talent. There are a few guys that seem promising, but nothing close. Shame Amaro couldn't have unloaded Lee and Papelbon's contracts to clear room for some free agents next year.

Bob D said...

This year's draft may spin out 4 or 5 quality pitchers. Give them another year and we will have an idea if they are legit or not

GM-Carson said...

Look all around baseball at the ERAs of relief pitchers, miniscule. Not the Phillies though
, aside from Papelbon and Giles. This tells me that the higher up d in the Phillies organization cannot evaluate talent, especially that of a bullpen piece. I will do a post tomorrow on just how easy it is to find quality relief via waivers, trades, signings, or the minors. Yet the Phillies pretty much have as hit.