The closer position in baseball is one of the hardest to evaluate in spring training. Usually the closer is in for only one inning in games where the score is not particularly important. In spring training games a closer candidate could come in anywhere from the middle innings to the ninth to get work in.
One of the potential set-up/closers this season in the Phillies organization is 6’6″, 22 year-old, Jacob Waguespack. He was signed last June as a free agent out of Ole Miss after being passed over in the 40 rounds of the June Draft. Read HERE.
Baseball Betsy and I had to wait for about three hours into the game before we got a look at Waguespack yesterday. He threw a 1-2-3, ninth inning in the intra squad game on Carlton Field. Before we could get focused, he was done and the game was over. That’s the life of a successful closer candidate. Watch HERE. HERE and HERE.
Waguespack was outstanding as a swing man out of the Williamsport bullpen last year. He appeared in 19 games and was particular strong in his final 10 games giving up only one earned run and eight hits in 13 innings, striking out 16. He was one for one in his only save opportunity. He pitched one shutout inning for Williamsport in the playoffs.
The Phillies have a good collection of set-up and closer candidates in camp. Remember to put the name Jacob Waguespack into that mix.