Posts Tagged ‘Minor Leagues’

Why is Kyle Kendrick still in the major leagues?

July 20th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Why is Kyle Kendrick still in the major leagues? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Despite the overwhelming lack of talented prospects stacked among the Phillies’ minor-league systems the past couple of seasons, due to shipping away young talent in return for older and more established players, there has got to be a better pitcher and player for the team in the minors than Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick’ll turn 30 in a month from now (August 26th) and yet, in eight major-league seasons thus far, he’s failed to show the team anything impressive on the mound.

Don’t let wins and losses fool you, like they never should when it comes to starting pitchers, Kendrick’s a sub-par, inconsistent, atrocious pitcher that somehow has still managed to remain atop the major-league level and on the team’s roster. On top of that, he’s in the big leagues somehow without being traded yet either by the team since being drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 MLB amateur draft. Since his debut in June of 2007, he’s gone 68-64 for his career, with a 4.41 ERA and more average hits allowed/innings pitched (203/187).

Kendrick placed fifth in Rookie of the Year voting in ’07, as he went 10-4 with a 3.87 ERA. Despite his impressive .714 winning percentage that year, he allowed 129 hits to 121 innings pitched, all while striking out batters only 49 times; a strikeouts/9 rate of just 3.6. Of course, he wasn’t predicted to be, and hasn’t been since, known as a strikeout pitcher, but regardless, it’s worth noting how very little he does so anyway.

(Jae C. Hong/AP)

Of course, many will correctly point out that, many below-average pitchers have been in the majors over the years (e.g. Kendrick’s former teammate, Joe Blanton); and some for quite a few years at that. Let’s make this clear though, in relation to that: most of those aforementioned below-average pitchers on other teams are pitching in the big leagues in the first place due to their respective teams’ lack of overall talent on the field. Yes, the Phillies are performing poorly this season — and beyond that, the past couple of years — but Kendrick started his career with Philly when they were competing and a good team. So that needs to be remembered, and considered, when making the argument that Kendrick belongs here due to how poor we are at the moment.


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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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Phillies Top 25 Prospects

March 22nd, 2012 by Ian G. | Comments Off on Phillies Top 25 Prospects | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

1. Trevor May, RHP- Trevor May has rarely been considered for the top spot in the Phillies organization, but with the struggles of Brody Colvin, and the trade of both Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart, he fits the bill. His best pitch is his plus-fastball which, when he’s commanding it well, can be his strikeout pitch. He also sports a plus-curveball, and a plus-changeup, so his stuff isn’t a problem. His trouble comes when he becomes erratic and walks a lot of people. He projects to be at least a mid-rotation starter, but his ceiling is often said to be a number two starter. While he has plenty of time to develop due to the set pitching staff, he could contribute as soon as 2013. Look for him in Reading at the start of the year, but if all goes well, he could make it to Triple-A.

2. Jesse Biddle, LHP- Jesse Biddle is often overlooked due to Trevor May, but he has a very similar ceiling, but as a left-handed pitcher. He has an inconsistent fastball velocity, but when it’s working it is at least an above average pitch. He also has a changeup that shows plus potential, but is once again inconsistent. His curveball has so much break, he has trouble throwing it for strikes. Eventually the Phils may let him throw the slider he threw in high-school. His ceiling as of now is a number three starter, but if he makes adjustments he could be a number two.

3. Sebastian Valle, C- Valle is most likely the Phillies catcher of the future, though the Phillies won’t rush him and he’ll move up a level at a time. Has impressive bat speed, and quick hands, which contributes to above-average raw power. He doesn’t walk a lot, and often is pull happy, which leads to a long swing at times. When he is doing well, he stays inside the ball and drives it the other way. He’s an above average catcher, with good pitch blocking and pitch calling skills. His ceiling is a solid starting catcher, and look for him in Reading this year with May and Pettibone.

4. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP- Pettibone pitches to both sides of the plate, and shows a plus-fastball that averages 90-94 mph and he can get it up to 95. He also has a plus-changeup that shows 9-10 mph difference from his fastball. The best command in the entire system, also helps him out. He also has a new 2-seam fastball and a slider that doesn’t get thrown very often. His ceiling is a mid-rotation starting pitcher, and of all the Phillies pitchers, he’s the most sure thing to reach his ceiling.

5. Freddy Galvis, SS- Galvis is often rated higher than any other position player in the system, but his concerning bat makes me rate him here, and I still feel like I’m overrating him. Now on to what people want to hear about, his defense. He’s often considered the best defensive SS in the minor leagues. He has plus-range, excellent hands and a great arm. He often sprays line-drives to all fields, he makes good contact but won’t hit for much power and looks to be at best a number eight hitter. His defense could make him a gold-glove shortstop, but some scouts think that due to his offensive ability, he’ll be a utility-infielder. He’ll get some seasoning in Triple-A this year.


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