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An Early Look at Phillies Pitching

February 19th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on An Early Look at Phillies Pitching | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

 By Amy McGinnis

You’d never guess it by stepping outside here in Philadelphia, but spring is right around the corner.  Spring Training is officially underway in Clearwater, and manager Ryne Sandberg held his first team workout today.  Pitchers and catchers reported last week, and there’s a familiar guest instructor at training: Roy Halladay.  It seems like a lifetime ago that Philadelphia’s pitching rotation boasted the likes of Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt, and Blanton, doesn’t it?

We’re still graced stuck with Jonathan Papelbon as closer, and Mike Adams (once he’s fully recovered from shoulder surgery) will be 8th inning setup man.  We’ll also most  likely see lefties Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman in the bullpen.  Joe Savery was claimed on waivers by the A’s; Philadelphia needed his spot on the roster for newly-acquired A.J. Burnett.  (If you’re wondering, Burnett signed a one-year, $16 million deal.)

Lefty Cole Hamels, who announced that he has had shoulder “discomfort,” is currently scheduled for his first bullpen session at Carpenter Complex next Tuesday.  Also experiencing shoulder issues is RHP Jonathan Pettibone, who is behind schedule with bullpen sessions (yes, it’s the same shoulder that landed him on the disabled list last season).

On the bright side, non-roster invitee Jesse Biddle has been working out in Clearwater.  You may remember the 22-year-old lefty’s name from the first round of the 2010 draft.  The 6’4″ lefty is a Germantown Friends School alum, and he’ll be pitching in Lehigh Valley this season.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he made an appearance or two in Philadelphia.

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Baby Aces 2.0

May 3rd, 2012 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

(From Left to Right) Trevor May, Jonathan Pettibone, and Julio Rodriguez

This time last season, the talk of the Phillies farm was the “Baby Aces”, a trio that consisted of Jarred Cosart, Brody Colvin, and Trevor May. At season’s end, May turned out to be the Ace of Diamonds end his 2011 campaign with an organization high 208 strikeouts. Cosart was shipped off to Houston in the Pence deal, and Colvin took a step back in his progression.

If Colvin, Cosart, and May were the Aces, Julio Rodriguez, Jonathan Pettibone, and Jesse Biddle were considered Kings. “J-Rod” had a break out season for his first as a starter winning an organization high 16 games. Pettibone’s control shined with an impressive 1.9 BB/9. Biddle started off slow, but finished the season with a sub-3 ERA in his first full season of professional baseball.

So where do they stand heading into 2012? May is still clearly the cream of the crop. Rodriguez, Pettibone, Colvin, and Biddle, while still show a lot of promise, haven’t been as dominant after all, except Colvin, moved up a level.  The Phillies have re-stacked the deck a bit with a pair of left handers after losing Cosart.

 The Phillies drafted Adam Morgan with the 120th pick of the draft out of the University of Alabama. Morgan has been solid for the Phillies after signing early enough to get a half season under his belt at short season Williamsport. While Morgan has posted an 8.1 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in his early career, he isn’t the best addition. That honor goest to the player who not only may compliment Trevor May in the Phillies rotation in the not so distant future, but may pitch alongside him by the end of the season.

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