Here's a recap of the Phillies players in Arizona.
Jason Anderson: His chance came when Josh Outman left to play for Team USA. At 28 years old, Anderson isn't your typical AFL player, but he is a guy who interests the Phillies at least as insurance for the bullpen. He's pitched pretty well in three outings for the Saguaros, going 0-1, 2.70 with just his first outing going badly.
Joe Bisenius: His high ERA comes from one outing when he gave up four earned runs over two innings of work. Outside of that outing, Bisenius has been pretty steady and has a 1.34 ERA for Peoria. The right-hander could be battling for a spot in the Phillies bullpen next spring. His strikeouts (10 in 8.2 innings) are nice to see and the only game where he had any sort of control issue was when he got hit around. Again, outside of that one game, Bisenius has walked just one hitter in 6.2 innings of work, which is what the Phillies are looking to see out of him.
Scott Mathieson: The Phillies initially thought that he would be able to join the big league club in September, but that was pushed back. Then, the thought was that he would pitch in the AFL, but a setback in his rehab nixed that plan. Mathieson is now likely just going to come into Spring Training and look to get himself back on track there, but the odds of him starting the season with the Phillies now don't appear to be that great.
Josh Outman: The left-hander struggled in two of his three starts for Peoria. He's now left the team to pitch for Team USA.
Patrick Overholt: The AFL has been tough on Overholt. He's been touched for at least one run in all but one of his six outings for Peoria. One possible explanation is that he's been used as a reliever in all but one of his games this fall, after pitching out of the starting rotation at both Clearwater and Reading in 2007.
Joe Savery: The Phillies first round pick from last June's draft has pitched well in somewhat limited exposure during the AFL. He's made two starts, but has pitched just five innings. He hasn't allowed an earned run and opponents are hitting just .111 against him. It's going to be interesting to see where Savery starts the season in 2008; conventional wisdom would have him at Lakewood, but it's not out of the question that the Phillies may challenge him with an assignment to Clearwater either to start the season or shortly after the season gets underway.
Mike Costanzo: His habit of getting off to a slow start in every league that he plays in is continuing. Costanzo is definitely one of those guys who has a bit of a learning curve when he's put in a different environment. One thing that the Phillies definitely hope to have happen before too long is to see Costanzo cut down on his strikeouts, but he hasn't done that yet in the AFL. During the season, Costanzo struck out once every 3.2 at bats and he's whiffed once every 2.6 at bats with Peoria. It would be nice to see Costanzo heat up in time to turn his numbers around.
Greg Golson: Like Costanzo, Golson is having some trouble adjusting. He's hitting just .196 and has struggled with his plate discipline, walking just twice, which has his on-base percentage at an ugly .222. For Golson to be successful, he needs to refine his plate discipline and find ways to get on base. Once he gets that down, he'll be the kind of player that the Phillies hope for him to be.
Tuffy Gosewisch: The Phillies don't have Gosewisch around for his bat. He's solid defensively, handles pitchers well and is a strong influence in the clubhouse. The Phillies are basically giving him some exposure in the AFL and it's well deserved. Gosewisch is hitting .250 with 20 at bats this fall.
Lou Marson: Updated Info Marson injured his shoulder late in the year with Clearwater and was replaced on the Peoria roster by Tuffy Gosewisch. Marson is currently rehabbing and should be ready to go in the Spring.
Phillies Arizona Fall League Stats