Saturday, December 20, 2014

Behold the Future of the Phillies

Jimmy Rollins out, Zach Eflin and Tom Windle in.

Both Eflin (1st round in 2012) and Windle (2nd round in 2013) were high draft picks.  Neither has pitched above Single-A.  Neither has eye-popping minor league numbers.  Projections range from mid-rotation to back end starting pitcher.  I'll believe it when I see it.

Eflin is a 20 year old righty and has compiled a 17-14 record with a 3.41 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 183 strikeouts in 253.2 innings.  Maybe he'll become a MLB stud. Maybe he'll become a reliable starting pitcher in the form of a Mike Leake.  Or maybe he'll flame out and never really amount to anything of value.  Only time will tell, and unfortunately the timetable is likely 3 years from now.

Windle is a 22 year old lefty and has a 17-9 record over 193 innings to go along with 162 strikeouts, a 3.82 ERA, and a 1.35 WHIP.  Same holds true for him as a stated about Eflin above.

Honestly, I wish for the best from these young men.  I hope both of them blossom into effective MLB starting pitchers that help guide the Phillies back to contention in the years to come.  However, I'm not going to hold my breath.

I'm bitter over J-Roll's departure. I wanted near-ready MLB talent, but instead got low level "prospects".  The fact that Freddy Galvis is currently #1 on the depth chart at shortstop also pisses me off.  Oh, to make things better, Amaro is looking into signing Rafael Furcal for the SS vacancy.  No, Ugueth Urbina didn't slay him with a machete as urban legend has it.