Last season one pitcher in the Phillies organization who had to be disappointed in not getting a promotion was starting pitcher Ranfi Casimiro. The Phillies had Casimiro pitch a second season for low A Lakewood last season. It just might be paying off this season for the tall, 6’8″ right-hander in the High A, Florida State League.
Last night he picked up his second win in two starts with the Clearwater Threshers. And in the early going he is leading the league in strikeouts with 14 in only 10 innings.
He has struck out seven and walked only one in each of his two starts in wins over the Dunedin Blue Jays and last night in Jupiter, Florida against the Hammerheads.
After giving up four hits to the first four batters he faced in his first start against the Dunedin Blue Jays, Casimiro has given up only five hits and no runs over his next nine innings of work striking out 14 and walking only two batters.
Last night he was given a 5-0 lead and made it stand up with three shutdown” innings after the Threshers scored until he was relieved after five innings when his pitch count reached 88. The Threshers went on to win 11-0.
Casimiro is one of only two starting pitchers in the FSL to go 2-0 in the early going.
Casimiro finished last season in the South Atlantic League going 7-2 and now combined in his last eleven decisions he is 9-2 including last season.
Both Casimiro and the new Phillies ace Vince Velasquez are 23- years-old. One is more of a power pitcher and the other relies on finesse. Velasquez struck out 16 while giving up only three hits, no runs and no walks in a nine inning complete game this week for the win.
Almost matching him, Casimiro in his last nine innings covering two games has given up five hits, no runs, two walks and struck out 14 in FSL action for two wins. Pretty good pitching by both of them I would say!