IronPigs Pitching Report: Who Will Be Back

The Phillies will have some decisions to make on the Lehigh Valley pitching staff in 2010. Some of the top pitching prospects in the organization were at Double-A last season and could push some other pitchers out of the way.

Jason Anderson (minor league free agent) - Anderson put up good numbers (3-3, 3.44 in 71 games) pitching at both Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. His career minor league numbers are good, and he's got some major league experience, so he's a decent type reliever to have around and he's the kind of guy that will always find a home somewhere. Question is, will it be in the Phillies organization?

Antonio Bastardo - The Phillies kept him around for the post-season, so they obviously like him. With J.C. Romero and Scott Eyre both coming off injuries, there could very well be room for Bastardo in the Phillies pen next season. If not, he's got options left and can be sent back to Lehigh Valley to wait his turn.

Joe Bisenius (minor league free agent) - Bisenius just continues to fall deeper and deeper. Last season, he pitched at Lehigh Valley, Reading, Clearwater and in the Gulf Coast League. All he had to show for it was an 0-3 record with an 8.10 ERA. Odds are he'll be seeking employment elsewhere.

Cedrick Bowers (minor league free agent) - Here's one of those guys that you have to believe deserves a chance somewhere. He's a left-handed workhorse who was always dependable out of the IronPigs' bullpen. He turns 32 in February, so his best times may be behind him, but he appears to have enough left in the tank to help somebody at least at the Triple-A level. The Phillies should be interested in bringing him back.

Francisco Butto (minor league free agent) - A visa dispute got Butto's season off to a late start and he never appeared able to get his feet under himself last season. He's worth keeping around and may be able to at least provide some insurance at Lehigh Valley.

Andrew Carpenter - For a stretch last season, Carpenter was the best pitcher in the Phillies minor league system.  He's considered to be one of the better pitching prospects in the organization, although he's definitely behind the likes of Kyle Drabek. He's worked primarily as a starter, but could work himself into a long relief role in the Phillies bullpen.

Gustavo Chacin - In a rare move, Chacin signed a two-year minor league deal prior to last season, with a clause that would allow him to opt out if he is offered a major league deal elsewhere. Odds are that he'll be back, although the Phillies can also opt out of their part of the deal.

John Ennis (minor league free agent) - It's possible that Ennis' pitching days are over. He's coming off of Tommy John surgery and at age 30, that's not an easy thing to do. He might latch on somewhere for one final shot, but it's not going to be easy for him.

Kyle Kendrick - He's on the Phillies 40 man roster, but will he be staying there? Kendrick turned things around for himself last season, but still looks like a guy who would benefit greatly from a change of scenery, much like Gavin Floyd did.

Gary Majewski (minor league free agent) - The fact that Majewski didn't get a late season audition could have rubbed him the wrong way. The Phillies bullpen was faltering and as a former major leaguer who was pitching pretty well, Majewski hoped to get a call, but never did. He may wind up signing elsewhere.

Joe Savery had 16 wins last season, but still has room for improvement. It's possible that 2010 could be his breakout season.
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Brian Mazone (minor league free agent) - The Phillies reacquired Mazone last season and have always liked his arm. Veteran left-handers can hang around for a long time in this game and Mazone will find work somewhere and it's certainly not out of the question that he'll be back at Lehigh Valley in 2010.

Steven Register (minor league free agent) - Register had a one game audition last July before being returned to Lehigh Valley. He's a veteran pitcher who put up nice numbers at Triple-A, but like Majewski, might hold a bit of a grudge because he wasn't given a shot late in the season.

Joe Savery - The left-hander went a combined 16-6 between Reading and Lehigh Valley last season, but if you look deeper, you notice the 4.40 ERA and the 53 walks in 151 innings, compared to just 77 strikeouts. Savery will need to develop better command if he is going to get a shot at the majors, but he'll be back at Lehigh Valley in 2010 with designs on moving up.

Jake Woods (minor league free agent) - Woods has pitched in 84 big league games (8-5, 4.60) and is a left-hander; 'nuff said. He'll find a job somewhere and after a strong season with Lehigh Valley in 2009 (5-2, 3.46), it's very possible that he'll return to the Phillies organization.



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