It is either good fortune or an unnoticed skill on the part of the general manager when the Philadelphia Phillies produce a Jonathan Pettibone. This is not the first time. Remember J.A. Happ and Vance Worley before Pettibone?
By design my articles represent a baseball man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Most fans do not consider the budget, prospects on the radar, the organization’s weaknesses, the track record, the competition and the other intangibles. Please go to my author archives or Phillies page for my most recent coverage. Scroll down to Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom. Thank you.
The new summer schedule will allow me to publish the best 2-3 storylines each week, but there will be an updated calendar included with each feature: These posts involve commentary, polls and stats for the upcoming 7 days.
Post time is mostly 5 to 9 pm for the days listed below.
[table id=479 /]
Here and There:
There are 4 types of pitching hopefuls that toe a major-league rubber for their early performances, and they are the obvious future star, the highly-touted fledgling, the youngster with low expectations and the could-make-the-staff rookie.
With a 1.43 ERA for approximately 200 minor-league innings, Cole Hamels was the number one variety who would continue to dominate at the highest level. Brett Myers, who is an average two, entered the picture as a possible top-of-the-rotation arm. On the other hand, there was from management no prediction of success for Worley. However, judging from player evaluation, Pettibone, like Happ, has the goods to be a three, four or five.
Worley burst onto the scene in 2011 and kept up with the aces, replacing Roy Oswalt for a while. However, the magic began to disappear during the second half, and the league found more flaws the following season. His downward spiral has accelerated in Minnesota, which is surprising for a change from one circuit to another. He might be suffering from a lack of confidence in addition to other factors.
The first mention of Happ being traded created a stir among the faithful, but the deal during the next campaign didn’t cause concern. His first 2 months on a new team, unlike Worley, were decent: 5-4 with a 3.75 ERA. Recently, Happ lost his starting spot with Toronto–his third club–after they acquired 3 new hurlers: R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. Meanwhile, injuries initially changed the dynamics of those off-season moves, before Happ also became a victim after a comebacker to the mound.
By the Numbers:
[table id=496 /]
There is one pattern that is consistent with Worley, Happ and the early days of Kyle Kendrick. It was the many jams they escaped before the hitters caught up to them. Kendrick is the only one who overcame that difficulty, and that required 2 years at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He accepted the advice, worked hard and sought out pointers from Roy Halladay as well.
For now, Pettibone has accomplished the first phase of baseball success as an unknown–not everyone does–but that is only a temporary advantage.
A link for Phillies e-mail notification is provided above and below. Any schedule changes and holdups that may occur will be posted at Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook.
This is the 35th storyline for 2013. Check out my recent publication (Two New Bats) on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo. Also, my new feature is Story-poll. The last one was In the Game.
I will periodically publish the 2013 ERA for the NL East and the MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked my page.
Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Getting younger (Two New Bats)
Tal Venada (Author Archives)