Roster Primer: The Pitchers
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Roster Primer: The Pitchers
Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's almost here. Phillies pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater, Fla., next week. Until then, we are counting down the days at The Phillies Zone by breaking down the roster. So get reacquainted or learn about the 61 players in camp.
Today is a look at the 22 pitchers on the 40-man roster, with 2013 opening-day age in parenthesis:
RHP Mike Adams (34) — Few relievers are better in the eighth inning. But Adams’ innings and strikeouts were down in 2012 while walks were up.
RHP Phillippe Aumont (24) — Aumont’s career was two games old when he ascended to setup man. The talent is there and less will be asked of him in 2013.
LHP Antonio Bastardo (27) — He was maddening in 2012 but still struck out 14.02 batters per nine innings. No Phillies pitcher had ever done that.
RHP Tyler Cloyd (25) — Cloyd put himself in the mix. At worst, the Phillies found a swing man who can provide depth.
RHP Justin De Fratus (25) — He was scored upon twice in 13 late-season outings after a bad elbow threatened his entire year.
LHP Jake Diekman (26) — Like Aumont, Diekman has untamed electric stuff. Walks have been a problem ever since single A in 2010.
RHP Chad Durbin (35) — The Phillies did not need to sign Durbin but believed his price ($1.1 million) was too good to pass.
RHP Roy Halladay (35) — No pitcher in baseball will be more closely scrutinized this spring than Halladay, who showed early signs of trouble last spring.
LHP Cole Hamels (29) — With another healthy season, Hamels can crack the franchise’s top 10 in innings pitched before he turns 30.
LHP Jeremy Horst (27) — The acquisition of Horst for Wilson Valdez, a minor transaction, could go down as one of Ruben Amaro Jr.’s best.
RHP Kyle Kendrick (28) — Expectations have never been higher for Kendrick, who has a guaranteed rotation spot before spring training for the first time since 2008.
LHP John Lannan (28) — Lannan is guaranteed $2.5 million and it would take a truly awful spring for him to lose hold on the fifth starter job.
LHP Cliff Lee (34) — A list of pitchers with at least 200 innings, six or fewer wins, and a lower ERA than Lee’s 3.16 in 2012 since World War II: Joey Hamilton (3.08 in 1995).
RHP Ethan Martin (23) — Martin, acquired for Shane Victorino, handled his heaviest workload yet with great success. He could start at triple-A Lehigh Valley.
RHP Jonathan Papelbon (32) — Papelbon set career highs in games and innings pitched during a strong 2012. Still, the Phillies paid him $52,381 per out recorded.
RHP Jonathan Pettibone (22) — The most polished of Phillies pitching prospects could make things interesting with a strong spring.
LHP Mauricio Robles (24) — Cut loose by Seattle, the Phillies dedicated a spot to him despite horrific minor-league numbers. Why? He throws hard with his left arm.
RHP B.J. Rosenberg (27) — Once Rosenberg conquered his nerves, he was effective. He throws hard, is versatile, and still on the radar.
LHP Joe Savery (27) — Savery opened the 2012 season on the roster but was not among September recalls because of the emergence of other lefties.
RHP Michael Schwimer (27) — The tall righty has plenty to overcome. First is repairing his standing in the organization after an injury dispute late last season.
RHP Mike Stutes (26) — Stutes won favor in 2011 as a rookie reliever. He’ll have to do it all over again following shoulder surgery.
LHP Raul Valdes (35) — Valdes’ 0.74 WHIP was the lowest for any Phillies pitcher ever (minimum 30 innings). Small sample size caveats apply.
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