Arizona Fall League
After a slow start, the Phillies contingent in Arizona was starting to pick up the pace a little until getting knocked around by Peoria on Tuesday. The Mesa Solar Sox, the home team for the Phillies players is tied with Peoria at the top of the division standings.
Tyson Brummett has looked great at times and bad at others during the AFL season. In four of his outings, he's gotten hit hard and in four, he's been nearly unhittable. On Tuesday, Brummett gave up two hits and an earned run as Peoria rallied from ten runs down to beat Mesa 13-12, so rest assured that Brummett wasn't the only one getting hit around in the loss.
Andrew Carpenter looked like he had gotten himself straightened out after a bad start, but gave up five hits and three walks resulting in three earned runs over three innings in Tuesday's disappointing loss. While Carpenter has 13 strikeouts in 17 innings, opponents are hitting .294 against him this season, which has been the main issue for him in Arizona. His control has been good overall, with just some mild spots of wildness.
Sergio Escalona has had a fall much like Carpenter. His control has been good and he's struck out 10 in 10 1/3 innings, but opponents are hitting .273 against him. Even in his stints when he hasn't given up runs, he's given up hits, but has shown some skill in pitching out of trouble. Right-handers are hitting .286 against Escalone this fall.
Pat Overholt was simply hammered in Tuesday's loss. Overholt came into Tuesday's game with a 2.79 ERA, but watched it balloon out of control to 6.75 when he was slugged for five earned runs in one inning of work during Peoria's rally. Overholt had allowed just one earned run in his first seven innings (1.29 ERA), but has struggled a little since then, most likely due to simply wearing down a little, which will often happen to young pitchers in the Arizona Fall League.
Quintin Berry didn't play on Tuesday after having a four-game hitting streak snapped on Monday. Berry has hit safely in ten of the 13 games he's started for Mesa and had a recent hot streak that saw him hit .447 (17-for-38) over eight games.
Jason Donald went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts on Tuesday and wasn't able to contribute to the big numbers that Mesa put on the board. It was just the fourth time in 111 games that he's played since April that Donald has struck out three or more times. His season-high was when he struck out in all five at bats against Erie on May 28th. That performance gave him nine strikeouts in three games (15 at bats), the worst stretch of his season.
Jeremy Slayden is one of the "old men" in the AFL at age 26. Slayden went 7-for-23 (.304) in his first six games in the Arizona Fall League, but has tailed off since then and has hit just .255 in his last ten games. Slayden hit two home runs in the first week of the AFL season, but has been kept in the park since then.
Hawaii Winter Baseball
Kyle Drabek continues to battle back from Tommy John surgery with the Honolulu Sharks and the only thing that matters is that he's throwing and throwing without pain. His velocity hasn't completely returned, but it wasn't supposed to be completely back by now, so there aren't concerns about that. He was able to go 5 1/3 innings in his last outing, which was more than he had gone in his first two combined, and although he gave up three runs, he also struck out five hitters, so obviously, there's enough there to be excited about. Overall, Drabek has struck out 11 in 10 1/3 innings.
Chris Kissock has pitched well out of the Sharks bullpen, going as many as four innings in one stint last month. He's picked up at least one strikeout in seven of his nine outings and opponents are hitting just .113 against him in the Hawaii sunshine. If there is any downside, it's that he's allowed nine walks, a sizeable bounce from the 2.8 walks per nine innings that he allowed during the season. Much of the control issue could be attributed to him simply growing a little weary.
Dominic Brown looks like he's enjoying his time in Hawaii. The 21 year old outfielder is hitting .396 for Honolulu and has posted a .500 on-base percentage. The left-handed hitting Brown is especially pounding righties, batting .448 against them. Brown has been a hot topic when it comes to discussing Phillies prospects and he's not doing anything to change that in Hawaii.
Michael Taylor isn't having nearly as much fun as his former Lakewood teammate Brown. Taylor is hitting just .227 with the Sharks. Taylor continues to show good plate discipline and has improved on his season average of one walk for every 1.8 strikeouts, drawing nine walks and striking out nine times in Hawaii.
Dominican Winter League
Antonio Bastardo had a rough outing in his first start of the DWL, but has bounced back in each of his next two starts. The 23 year old lefty is struggling a little with his control, but overall, has pitched well in the Dominican.