Sunday, June 12, 2016

Hope on the Horizon

The Arms:
Zach Eflin - he's set to make his MLB debut this week in place of the injured Vince Velasquez. He's earned it too, having gone 5-2 over 11 starts, 68.1 IP, with 55 K, 2.90 ERA, and 0.88 WHIP in AAA.

Ben Lively - he's seen his stock rise as he's split 2016 between Reading and Lehigh Valley compiling a 10-0 record over 13 starts and 79 innings with 69 K, 1.94 ERA, and 0.89 WHIP. Added bonus, he can handle himself at the plate too, .267/.698 in 52 minor league plate appearances.

Jake Thompson - one of the highest rated pitchers in the Phillies system continues to impress in Triple-A. He's posted a 3.42 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 12 starts and 68.1 innings. Not bad for a 22 year old that is roughly 5 years younger than the average age of the competition he faces.

Hoby Milner - a relief pitcher that is making a case for himself to be recognized. He's split his season between the Fightins and IronPigs, appearing in 20 games, pitching 30 innings, and posting a sparkling ERA/WHIP combo of 0.30/0.83; those are video game type numbers.

Edubray Ramos - a highly touted reliever, and for good reason, posting a 1.34 ERA and 0.65 WHIP over 33.2 innings combined between AA/AAA. Personally, I'd like to see him summoned immediately to take the roster spot of Elvis Araujo.

The Bats:
Nick Williams - the outfielder started the season slowly, but he's now having a nice campaign hitting .287/.790 and flashing glimpses of the power/speed combination that has fans in Philly clamoring for his promotion.

Dylan Cozens - this outfielder has fans salavating, as he's been one of the biggest breakout performers in all of minor leagues this season. He has the ability to do it all. He's currently slaying AA pitching, but a promotion to Lehigh Valley has to be on the horizon.  He's batting .294/.981 with 51 R, 19 DBL, 19 HR, 53 RBI, and 12 SB in 61 G.

Jorge Alfaro - the catcher of the future and damn he can hit.  .319/.834 in 37 G with 33 RBI. He's also gunned down 39% of would-be base stealers.

Rhys Hoskins - this dude can mash. The first baseman teams up with Cozens in the middle of Reading's lineup to wreak havoc on opposing pitchers. He's hit .283/.892 with 41 R, 13 DBL, 16 HR, and 46 RBI.

Roman Quinn - yet another outfielder, the Phillies are brimming with talent in the minors at this position. He's a speedster and has swiped 25 bases thus far while posting a respectable slash line of .289/.781 with 43 runs scored in 49 games.

Others of Note:
Cam Perkins/OF, Taylor Featherstone/UTL, Brock Stassi/1B, Alec Asher/SP, Andrew Knapp/C, and KC Serna/UTL.

The Beer:
Founders Brewing Company - Mosaic Promise. You'll be hard pressed to find a more aromatic pale ale than this (unless you travel to New England, wait in line, get limited bottles, and pay a pretty penny).  In other words, this is pretty damn good and is available in UNlimited quantities (from April - September) in your area for a fraction of the cost. As you may know, I have an affinity for Founders beers, and this one is just another reason why. It packs so much flavor and aroma into a mere 5.5% ABV. Aroma of citrus, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, grass, and slightly dank. Pours almost clear golden color with a nice dense white head. Taste is medium bitter and lightly sweet. Medium light body, easy drinking, average carbonation, enjoyable.
Commercial description - Mosaic Promise showcases two unique ingredients: Mosaic hops and Golden Promise malt. The versatility of the hop’s pleasing aroma and flavor characteristics and the traditional barley’s depth of flavor comprise this clean, rich, golden beer. We can brew complex beers with the best of them, but we recognize that there is also beauty in simplicity.


GM-Carson said...

Phillies starting pitchers since Wednesday:
Velasquez - 0.1 IP
Hellickson - 6 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 3 BB
Nola - 3.2 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 BB
Morgan - 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 3 BB (so far today)
That's a 9.69 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. Terrible.

GM-Carson said...

Adam Morgan had a nice bounce back performance in this game. He finished very strong.

I love that the Phillies hit Papelbon. Such a douche nozzle.

GM-Carson said...

Damn, that loss sucked. Jeanmar's worst outing of the season. Jayson f'n Werth hitting the walkoff single. Seriously, I hate that skeezball.

Bob D said...

Been on vacation, but pitching is struggling all around. But there are a lot of prospects doing good to down right dominating. Cozens and even Hoskins could put a number of home run records to the test meanwhile Alfaro is the hitter with the most power on that team. I would love to see all 3 of them in majors at some point next year (I doubt they rush them up but who knows)

Bob D said...

Don't look know but the Phillies are 10 games out of first and have the 8th worst record. Minnesota, Atlanta, and possibly the Reds are all bad enough that the Phillies won't challenge them for worst team.

GM-Carson said...

Odubel Herrera is such an exciting player. Love watching him play.

GM-Carson said...

Great win for the Phillies. Kinda win that might get them on a lil' roll.

Most of the offense contributed and the pitches all did well.

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