July's Hot Arms

Pitching is the strength of any organization and the Phillies are getting some nice performances from some pitchers who weren't among their top prospects. The bad news is how Kyle Drabek has struggled in his intro to pro ball.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons: The Red Barons had a great month, going 20-9 with their pitchers posting a 3.23 ERA. Four of the five starters put up good numbers, with just Jeremy Cummings being the only low point in the rotation during July.

Eude Brito led the team with a 1.10 ERA in six starts last month. The former major leaguer is fighting to gain a September recall and will likely get it, although possibly not as a starter. Gavin Floyd, also fighting to return to the majors, went 3-1, 3.83 in July, starting six games for the Red Barons. Meanwhile, Scott Mathieson, who has since returned to the big league club, went 3-0, 3.32 in three starts at Scranton. In his absence, Jim Crowell started three games, posting a 2.78 ERA. Left-hander Brian Mazone arrived from AA Reading to start five games, going 3-0 with a 2.81 ERA for the month.

In the bullpen, Ryan Cameron and Brian Sanches led the way. Both had ERAs under 2.0, with Sanches posting a 1.26 mark with a team-high 7 saves and Cameron going 2-0, 1.29 with one save in one opportunity.

Reading Phillies: Much like Scranton, Reading played well in July, going 20-8 on the month and pitching played a big part in the success.

J.A. Happ was 5-0, 1.93 in five starts for Reading last month to lead the starters. Zack Segovia made five starts and one relief appearance, going 5-1 with one complete game and a 2.55 ERA. Segovia, 23, is off to a fast start this month and picked up the Eastern League pitcher of the week honors for the week ending August 6th. Segovia leads all minor league pitchers with a combined 15 wins this season, combining his time with Clearwater and Reading.

Chris Key went 2-1 with 6 saves and a 2.40 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the R-Phils in July to lead the relievers. Dan Giese made 7 relief appearances and posted a 2.79 ERA. Nick Mattioni picked up a save in his only save opportunity of the month and finished July with a 2.75 ERA for the month at Reading.

Clearwater Phillies: While the Threshers don't have the pitching staff that either Scranton or Reading does, they're not all that bad.

Derek Griffith was the only real hot hand in the rotation, going 4-1, 2.10 in six starts for Clearwater. The 23 year old left-hander is 8-7 on the season with a 3.84 ERA in the Florida State League. Luke Lockwood has been back and forth between Reading and Clearwater this season and put up a 3.91 ERA for Clearwater last month as a starter.

Reliever Nathan Johnson had pretty much of a perfect month in July. Johnson was 3-0 with two saves in two opportunities and didn't allow an earned run in ten innings of work. He gave up just seven hits and one walk while whiffing 10 hitters. Patrick Overholt pitched just 10 innings for Clearwater in July, but was lights out. The right-hander was 2-1, 0.90 at Clearwater, striking out 13 while walking just 2. Joe Bisenius, who is now at AA Reading, made eight relief appearances for the Threshers in July with a 1.98 ERA and one save in one opportunity.

Lakewood BlueClaws: Lakewood continued their post-season push with a 20-10 record in July. Their pitching staff had a 3.21 ERA for the month.

Left-hander Matthew Maloney started six games, going 5-1, 1.79 for Lakewood to pace the starting staff. The bad news for Maloney is that his ERA for the month actually pushed his season ERA higher. He came into the month with an ERA of 1.44 and left the month with a 1.69 ERA. The 22 year old is 13-6 on the season for the 'Claws. Carlos Carrasco threw the only complete game of the month for Lakewood and was 2-1 overall with a 2.75 ERA in six starts. Left-hander Josh Outman was 4-1 with a 3.60 ERA in six starts and started August with a complete game one-hitter against Kannapolis.

Three right-handed relievers put up especially strong numbers in July. Brett Harker saved a team-high four games and had a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings of work, while Ronald Hill picked up a save and posted a 0.73 ERA in 12 1/3 innings of work. In six appearances, William Savage was given two save opportunities and converted both of them while posting a 0.93 ERA in 9 2/3 innings of work for Lakewood. Andrew Barb was 3-0 and 3-for-4 in save opportunities with a 2.87 ERA.

Batavia MuckDogs: The 'Dogs went just 10-18 in July, but don't blame the pitching staff. The staff posted a 2.72 ERA in July.

Dan Brauer, the only left-hander on the Batavia staff, led the starters with a 2.32 ERA, but because of the lack of support, was just 1-3 in July. Brauer started six games for Batavia and struck out 34 hitters in 31 innings. Andrew Cruse struggled at times with his control, walking 12 in 28 innings, but still managed to post just a 3.18 ERA.

Before being promoted to Lakewood, William Savage threw five shutout innings for Batavia in relief, allowing just two hits and no walks. John Brownell posted a 0.60 ERA and Reymond Cruz posted a 0.69 ERA, with both pitchers appearing in six games for the 'Dogs. Closer Sam Walls saved three games and was 0-1, 0.73 in nine appearances. Kevin Salmon continued the bullpen success with a 1.59 ERA in six relief appearances, while Lenin Gazo pitched in six games with a 1.80 ERA.

Splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen isn't easy, but Batavia has three pitchers who have made it look pretty easy. Michael Dubee pitched in four games - three as a starter - and posted a 3.77 ERA. Half of Garet Hill's four games were as a starter and he posted a 314 ERA, while Ben Pfinsgraff made 1 start and 7 relief appearances while posting a 1.86 ERA. In 19 2.3 innings, Pfinsgraff allowed just 13 hits and 6 walks while striking out 25 hitters.

Gulf Coast League Phillies: With their offense sluggish to say the least, the GCL Phillies need all the pitching they can find. Unfortunately, they haven't found much. First round pick Kyle Drabek has struggled in two starts, posting a 14.40 ERA and lasting just a total of five innings.

Drabek is the only starter to work exclusively out of the rotation; the rest have split their time between starting and relieving.

Michael Dubee had a 1.29 ERA before being promoted to Batavia, but none of the other numbers rival his. Reliever Carlos Pena has walked just one hitter in 17 innings, while striking out 17, posting an 0-2 mark, but with a 2.65 ERA. Robert Roth is 1-0, 3.05, which is amazing considering that he's walked 18 hitters in 20 2/3 innings of work and has also given up 12 hits for a 1.44 WHIP mark. Jarrod Freeman has started four games and relieved in two others, going 0-0 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander has walked just three hitters while striking out 17.

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