The Phillies new General Manager Matt Klentak has started off by signing two veteran relief pitchers released by other organization. He appears to be hoping for bounce back years for Dan Otero and James Russell who appear to be in the twilight of their careers.
But the solution to bullpen depth may eventually rest with the young arms already in the Phillies system such as 20-year old Victor Arano. He was acquired last year from the Dodgers in the Roberto Hernandez deal.
Arano started in 22 of 24 of his appearances this season for the Clearwater Threshers where he compiled a 4-12 record with a 4.72. But in his two relief appearances he gave up only one earned run in seven innings.
Arano has been brilliant pitching in relief in the Mexican-Pacific League this Fall for Obregon. In 14 games over 15.2 innings, he has gone 3-0 with one save and five holds including one last night. In that time he has given up one run, eleven hits, walking two and striking out 14. He has found a home as a shutdown reliever.
Victor Arano should get a look as a non-roster invitee in spring training games at the major league camp. He is earning it right now in Fall Ball!