Friday, February 02, 2018

Season Recap: Luis Garcia

Let's talk about Luis Garcia. The big right-hander pitched in 66 games for the Phillies, tossing 71 effective innings. He's had an interesting career since the Phillies signed in 2010.

In the coming days, we're going to recap every player who spent a part of  2017 with the Philadelphia Phillies. The previous post looked at relief pitcher Michael Saunders. We even have a landing post with a link to each player's season.

Garcia has pitched in 192 games for the Phillies. If he lasts another full season in Philly, he'll likely end up pitching in more games than Larry Anderson and Brad Lidge. He appeared in 72 games two years ago, but was limited to just 17 in 2016.

Garcia's numbers are pretty impressive. In 198 innings, he's given up just 14 home runs while allowing 8.8 hits per nine. The big issue is that he walks way too many batters, about 4.8 per game. That number fell to 3.3 last season. If he can repeat that success, he'll be valuable again in 2018.

Season Recap: Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders was supposed to stabilize the lineup. Instead, he was one of the biggest free agent busts in recent Phillies seasons. And that says something.

In the coming days, we're going to recap every player who spent a part of  2017 with the Philadelphia Phillies. The previous post looked at relief pitcher Andrew Knapp. We even have a landing post with a link to each player's season.

Saunders was coming off of an All Star season and hit .202/.256/.344. Look at those numbers. They are awful.

Season Recap: Andrew Knapp

Who will catch the most games for the Phillies in 2018? There's little doubt that Jorge Alfaro is the most talented of the three likely catchers. We also know that Cameron Rupp is the most experienced catcher. But I'd argue there's a good chance Andrew Knapp gets the most starts in 2018.

Look, Alfaro drips talent, but he's still incredibly raw behind the plate. Rupp has been a solid catcher, but he's averaged 91 games caught the past three seasons and he seemed to take a slight step back in 2017. So it stands to reason that Knapp could, if an injury occurs and the Phillies are playing well, get a good stretch of playing time. So let's look at what he did in his rookie season.

In the coming days, we're going to recap every player who spent a part of  2017 with the Philadelphia Phillies. The previous post looked at relief pitcher Edubray Ramos. We even have a landing post with a link to each player's season.

Knapp played in 56 games, slashing a respectable .257/.368/.368/.735. In his previous three minor league seasons he had a .385, .375, .330 on-base percentage. That's a valuable took. He also has a solid track record with extra base hits, but didn't really drive the ball in his rookie season. He hit just eight doubles, a triple and three home runs during the year. Defensively, he gave you basically what you expect from a rookie catcher.

Season Recap: Edubray Ramos

Edubray Ramos was a solid bullpen piece in 2017. Oh, his 4.21 ERA wasn't fantastic. But his other numbers belied a much better season.

In the coming days, we're going to recap every player who spent a part of  2017 with the Philadelphia Phillies. The previous post looked at first baseman Brock Stassi. We even have a landing post with a link to each player's season.

Ramos had a 2.92 FIP, allowed just four home runs in 57 innings, struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings and, despite a high walk rate per nine innings, a huge discrepancy between his strikeout rate and walk rate.

Ramos struggled through a brutal stretch in July, giving up nine of the 29 runs he gave up all season in a span of just eight days. If you take away that week, he had a 3.20 ERA on the season. 

Expect a third straight solid season from Ramos in 2018, particularly since the Phillies should have a deeper pen that will put him in lower leverage situations. 

Season Recap: Brock Stassi


I first saw Brock Stassi in person at spring training two years ago. He seemed to mash everything in sight. Then he made the Phillies last season and it seemed like he was a Cinderella story.

In the coming days, we're going to recap every player who spent a part of  2017 with the Philadelphia Phillies. The previous post looked at relief pitcher Rhys Hoskins. We even have a landing post with a link to each player's season.
Sadly Midnight arrived too early. The 27-year-old hit just .167/.278/.295 in 90 sporadic plate appearances.