An organization can never have enough pitching. Baseball America’s writer Hudson Belinsky posted interesting video and commentary on Williamsport’s Adonis Medina’s one inning at the New York-Penn League’s All Star Game last Tuesday. Read and Watch HERE.
The Phillies low minor league system seems to be ripe with potential top of the rotation major league pitching prospects. In previous blogs we have posted about GCL starting pitchers Sixto Sanchez (0.56 ERA) and Maurico Llovera (1.88 ERA). Combined with lefty Nick Fanti (1.51 ERA), the three have gone 18-1 in the Gulf Coast League this season.
Medina, 4-2, has the seventh lowest ERA in the NY-Penn League at 2.35.
At Lakewood, Jose Traveras has the third highest number of strikeouts in the league, striking out 131, walking only 18 in 113.1 innings. He has even out-pitched the highly regarded Franklyn Kilome this season for the BlueClaws.
But the real surprise at Lakewood has been Alberto Tirado acquired in the Ben Revere deal last season. In nine starts he has gone 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA, striking out 62 in 42.1 innings.
The Phillies appear loaded with strong starting pitching in the low minors. They should only get better as they move up the system.
Over the weekend, Mike Drago conducted a survey of 15 bloggers and reporters that are familiar with the Phillies’ minor league system. Baseball Betsy and I were contributors. If you’d like to read it, you can read it or version and see Drago’s list as well (for free) on Betsy’s Blog HERE.