Bisenius Knows It's All About Consistency

Joe Bisenius is the Reading Phillies 23-year old right-hander who has managed to pitch himself onto the organization's depth chart after pitching inconsistently at Lakewood in 2005. The righty started the year at Clearwater, before earning a promotion to Reading by dominating Florida State League hitters.

Joe Bisenius loves the pressure of pitching with the game on the line and committed himself to having a good season after earning a reputation as a streaky pitcher last season.

"I just wanted to make sure I had a good season this year. I enjoy being a setup man or closer because I love to pitch with the game on the line," said the young pitcher.

The late-inning role dovetails well with Bisenius' naturally aggressive and competitive nature. This is a trait that has always been part of his mental makeup.

Manager P.J. Forbes has managed him before with class-A Lakewood and used him to close out a game in the final weekend against Trenton. Bisenius believes anytime he gets to pitch in the closer's role it's good experience for him, but that he will do whatever the Phillies want of him moving forward. "I've always been pretty competitive. I like the pressure situations. I think anytime you get to close out the game it helps you get good experience, but it's really just whatever the Phillies want," said Bisenius.

Bisenius posted a 4-1 record with two saves and a 1.93 ERA to go along with a .216 opponents average against while with Clearwater to compliment his .178 opponents average against in 15 games since his promotion to AA. He believes that the biggest improvement he has made this year is having consistency with all his pitches. "I've been a lot more consistent this year at consistently getting ahead of hitters instead of one particular pitch," said Bisenius.

He believes the Arizona Fall League is a chance to further open some eyes in the organization and beyond.

"I think it's a really great opportunity for me," said the young right-hander of his selection to be part of the Phillies' contingent headed to Arizona this fall.

That good opportunity might decide whether he starts next year back with the Reading Phillies or with the Phils' AAA affiliate. Bisenius has shown success this year that has ratcheted his stock up on the organizational depth charts and could make him a factor in big league camp next February. Bisenius could be the closer of the future if he retains the consistency he has shown this season.


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