Top Prospect #30: RHP Jean Machi

The Phillies have been able to find some talent in Venezuela. Bobby Abreu is of course, the most noted Phillie to come out of Venezuela, but there are others coming along. Jean Machi is a young right-hander who shows lots of promise and the Phillies are glad that they were the ones to find Machi and bring him state-side. The early returns are very good.

The Phillies kept Jean Machi at home, pitching in the Venezuelan Summer League for two seasons before bringing him to the United States. Pitching for La Victoria as a 17 year old in 2000, the Phillies liked what they saw and were happy just to have the youngster as part of the organization. The reviews were good, but nobody was falling all over themselves to talk about Machi. The following season, however, Machi's maturity seemed to be coming together and the Phillies brass in Venezuela were soon sending rave reviews back to the states about Machi's progress.

 

The Phillies brought Machi to the Gulf Coast League in 2002 and he didn't seem to need much of an adjustment period to pitching in the U.S. Machi was everything that the Venezuelan reports said he was and he went 2-0, 1.00 in 10 games (2 starts) for the GCL Phillies.

 

As the Phillies looked at Machi and watched his development, they pondered his future and decided to make a change for 2003. Since joining the Phillies organization, Machi had pitched primarily as a reliever – pitching in relief in 23 of his 35 games – but the Phillies decided that in 2003, they would give Machi a home in the starting rotation.

 

Machi worked through extended spring training before joining the Batavia Muck Dogs for the start of the short-season New York / Penn League. As planned, Machi worked exclusively as a starter for Batavia with somewhat mixed results. Machi finished the season 2-4, 4.78 and lasted just an average of four innings per game. Granted, the Phillies are still being cautious with Machi, but had hoped for slightly better numbers. One problem that has plagued Machi since his arrival in the states has been his control. Machi had decent control while pitching in Venezuela, but was struggled through his first two seasons in the U.S.

 

Machi generally throws in the low 90s and has good mechanics. His fastball has a natural sinking motion and some scouts believe that he could best be utilized as a closer down the road, but the Phillies would like to get him as many innings as they can right now. Machi also features a good changeup and his curve is getting better all the time.

 

Since Machi will be just a couple months past his 21st birthday when the 2004 season begins, the Phillies don't feel a need to rush him. They do figure on letting him pitch at full season Lakewood in 2004, which will help to determine just how Machi's development is going to go.

 

Jean Machi's Career Stats

 

Year

Team

W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2000

La Victoria

(VSL)

2

2

4.13

11

3

0

1

24.0

21

15

11

1

14

23

2001

Mariara

(VSL)

8

3

2.86

14

7

1

2

56.2

40

23

18

0

30

56

2002

Gulf Coast Phillies

(Rookie)

2

0

1.00

10

2

0

1

27.0

11

4

3

0

16

22

2003

Batavia

(Rookie)

2

4

4.78

8

8

0

0

32.0

30

21

17

1

13

19

Minor League Totals:

14

9

3.17

43

20

1

4

139.0

102

63

49

2

73

120

 


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