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12/9/22 : Annual Phillies Minor League Player Notes - Pitchers - Part Eleven

I’ve entitled this series “Annual Phillies Minor League Player Notes” and will break down the presentations into defensive categories.  I intend to offer notes on every player I watched perform this past season that finished the 2022 season with the organization.

The initial set of articles was on catchers - we chatted about 18 receivers and posted three articles.  The next group was on Infielders - we chronicled 40 different players broken down into five postings.  The third series of articles ( a total of five ) were on 36 outfielders. I will list below the article links to each of the group notes previously published if ya missed them.

The next group of articles is Pitchers - I’ll discuss 133 different hurlers broken down into twenty postings ( alphabetical order ) hopefully finishing before Christmas :

Group One : Mick Abel, Jose Acuna, Mike Adams, Samuel Aldegheri, Aidan Anderson, Chase Antle, Mark Appel -

Group Two : Erubiel Armenta, Konnor Ash, Andrew Baker, Albertus Barber, Carlos Betancourt, Trevor Bettencourt, Malik Binns -

Group Three : Josh Bortka, Andrew Brown, Blake Brown, Jean Cabrera, Eiberson Castellano, Starlyn Castillo, Joel Cesar -

Group Four : Edward Chirinos, Ty Collins, Gabriel Cotto, Hans Crouse, Jack Dallas, Chris Devenski, Nick Duron -

Group Five : Colton Eastman, Kent Emmanuel, Jaydenn Estanista, Braeden Fausnaught, Jordan Fowler, Carlos Francisco, Jace Fry -

Group Six : Alex Garbrick, Eric Garcia, Tristan Garnett, Drew Garrett, Maikel Garrido, Jeffrey German, Kyle Glogoski -

Group Seven : Ofreidy Gomez, Luis Gonzalez, Mavis Graves, Daniel Harper, Buddy Hayward, Josh Hendrickson, Jonh Henriquez -

Group Eighth : Jonathan Hennigan, Cristian Hernandez, Jakob Hernandez, Maxwell Hernandez, Jonathan Hughes, Sam Jacobsak, Estibenzon Jimenez -

Group Nine : Damon Jones, Nathan Karaffa, Orion Kettering, Michael Kelly, Keylan Kilgore, Taylor Lehman, Adam Leverett -

Group Ten : Ethan Lindow, Victor Lopez, Fernando Lozano, Alex McFarlane, Rafael Marcano, Brian Marconi, Jordi Martinez -

Group Eleven : James Marvel, Gunner Mayer, James McArthur, Tommy McCollum, Griff McGarry, Christian McGowan, Tyler McKay

Group Twelve : Jake McKenna, Alex McKenney, Oswald Medina, Daniel Mejia, Jhordany Mezquita, Erik Miller, McKinley Moore

Group Thirteen : Francisco Morales, Vinny Nittoli, Braedon Ogle, Matt Osterberg, Micah Ottenbreit, Andrew Painter, Jose Pena Jr

Group Fourteen : Jack Perkins, Jonathan Petit, Tyler Phillips, Nicoly Pina, Dominic Pipkin, Michael Plassmeyer, Danyony Pulido

Group Fifteen : Jesus Querales, Alex Rao, Carlos Reyes, Pedro Reyes, Mason Ronan, Jason Ruffcorn

Group Sixteen : Matt Russell, Christopher Sanchez, Rodolfo Sanchez, Andrew Schultz, Brett Schulze, Tayler Scott

Group Seventeen : Matt Seelinger, Enrique Segura, Eduar Segovia, Ryan Sherriff, Noah Skirrow, Christopher Soriano

Group Eighteen : Billy Sullivan, Tom Sutera, Manuel Urias, Wilson Valdez Jr, Spencer Van Scoyoc, Victor Vargas

Group Nineteen : Guissepe Velasquez, Ezequiel Ventura, Andrew Walling, Zach Warren, Chase Webster,Jared Wetherbee

Group Twenty :  Danny Wilkinson, JP Woodward, Cam Wynne, Gabriel Yanez, Braden Zarbnisky

So we continue - the eleventh article in the series on pitchers  ⚾️🤓.

Thanks to Matt Winkleman ( Phillies Minor Thoughts ) for his diligent efforts in detailing most of the speed gun readings.

James Marvel - 29 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 9/17/93 - signed as a minor league free agent 11/7/21 from Pirates - This Fan’s View - pitched in 35 games ( 9 starts ) for Lehigh Valley totaling 93 2/3 IP - 6.05 ERA - 1.55 WHIP - finished the season strong with his best month in September - 2.45 ERA in 7 games ( 14 2/3 IP ) and a 0.89 WHIP - 15 K’s & 3 walks. Pitched between 2 to 4 innings in 17 of his 26 relief appearances. The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 90 to 92 mph - max 92 ), change up ( 84 to 85 mph ) and curve ( 80 to 82 mph ). 2023 Projection - elected minor league free agency

Gunner Mayer - 22 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 7/27/00 - 2019 5th round draft selection - San Joaquin Delta JC, San Joaquin Delta JC, CA -  This Fan’s View - missed from May 3rd to June 21st with a medical issue after opening the season with the Clearwater Threshers and pitching in 4 games.  Made three appearances with the FCL Phillies before returning to the Threshers on July 9th.  Accumulated 54 IP in total for the 2022 season posting 73 K’s and 30 walks - an overall 4.67 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Very lively fastball that produces swings and misses.  Needs to build up more innings to harness command, raw stuff has upper level potential but has tallied just 88 2/3 innings over his initial three pro seasons of action.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 88 to 94 mph - max 95 ), change up ( 79 to 85 mph ) and curve ( 74 to 83 mph ).   2023 Projection - a bump up to Jersey Shore out of spring camp

James McArthur - 25 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 12/11/96 - 2018 12th round draft selection - University of Mississippi - This Fan’s View - a power pitcher whose  6’7” height produces a pitch release point and arm angle that gets on the hitter quickly and adds deception as well as an elusion of even higher velocity - that’s a difficult task for hitters given he’s already in the mid to high nineties.  Missed the brunt of the 2022 season after being placed on the IL on 6/22 - spent the balance of the year in Clearwater with the rehab team - elbow stress reaction.  We saw him throwing bullpen session in Fall Instructs so hopefully is on track to return to game action this coming spring.  Was able to make 13 starts for Reading before going on the IL - in 5 May starts ( 25 1/3 IP ) posted a 3.20 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 26 K’s and 9 walks.  Overall struck out 65 batters in 57 innings.   Has major league stuff and was on track to make his MLB debut before the elbow issue.  When he’s healthy again can be a viable option to help the big club as a starting pitcher. The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 92 to 95 mph - max 97 ), slider ( 83 to 86 mph ), change up ( 85 to 87 mph ) and curve ( 78 to 83 mph ).   2023 Projection - a bump up to Lehigh Valley out of spring camp if ready physically

Tommy McCollum - 23 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 6/8/99 - signed as an un-drafted free agent - 7/20/21 - Wingate University, Wingate, NC - This Fan’s View - Some pitchers just look the part of a major leaguer and when you see them throw the baseball it becomes even more evident.  He was dominating Low A play this summer with Clearwater before incurring an ankle injury ( 1.45 ERA in 23 games - 31 IP with 52 K’s and 16 BB ).  Tommy sits mid to upper nineties with his fastball and has a sharp slider and drop off the table splitter that are capable of being plus pitches at the highest level.   He gets great movement on each, nothing comes out of the hand without movement - the splitter is a put away pitch.  He’s a big fella at 6’5” which portrays the part of an intimidating back end reliever.  We saw him throw again this fall at the complex and continued to be impressed.  We envision a quick climb up the ladder in 2023 with the chance of even helping the big club at some point - just think he’s that good.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 94 to 97 mph - max 98 ), splitter ( 83 to 88 mph ) and slider ( 82 to 87 mph ) 2023 Projection - likely opens the season with Jersey Shore with an eye towards Reading

Griff McGarry - 23 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 6/8/99 - 2021 5th round draft selection - University of Virginia - This Fan’s View - many believed that he had the best pure “stuff” in all of minor league baseball this past season.  The fastball is electric and both his slider and curve are swing and miss deliveries.  On top of that there’s a change up which he’s continually working to improve - it comes from the same arm slot with the same arm speed - it also has the potential to be dominant.  Griff battled thru some injury setbacks during the year - out of spring camp an oblique issue and later in the year finger blisters.  While the stuff is top drawer the development needs are finding consistent command and the strike zone - if he can reel that in then he’s a major leaguer - will  be in 2023 big league spring training - finished the season with AAA Lehigh Valley as a reliever but will return to the starting rotation next spring.  He is very close to making his major league debut - can be a impact pitcher in the show.  Griff was selected in the 5th round of the 2021 draft out of the University of Virginia.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 93 to 98 mph - max 100 ), change up ( 86 to 87 mph ), slider ( 83 to 85 mph ) and curve ( 79 to 81 mph ) 2023 Projection - will be a non-roster invitee to major league spring training with a chance to make big club - if not, opens the season with Lehigh Valley.

Christian McGowan - 22 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 3/7/00 - 2021 7th round draft selection - Eastern Oklahoma State JC - This Fan’s View - made two starts with Jersey Shore in April before incurring an elbow injury in the 4th inning of his 4/17/22 start.  Spent the balance of the year at the complex with the rehab team after undergoing TJ surgery.  Likely won’t return to game action till at the earliest late May or June - has a power arsenal - violent delivery - three quarter arm slot.  Can throw the ball past hitters.  Competes with passion, plays hard.  Is working dlligently to return to the mound  - will get after it when he does - fun to watch. The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 92 to 95 mph - max 99 ), slider ( 80 to 85 mph ), change-up ( 84 to 86 mph ), and curve ( 78 to 79 mph ).  2023  Projection - hopefully a mid summer return to game action

Tyler McKay - 25 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 8/18/97 - 2018 16th round draft selection - Howard JC, Howard JC, TX - This Fan’s View - In 2022 spring training Tyler converted from a starting pitcher to a reliever - in fact came early to get his work in to do so.  In a summer spotlight article I asked Tyler how he’s acclimated to a bullpen role, he said  “Adapting to the bullpen was difficult at first just learning a new daily routine and the reality that any day you can get the ball and you have to be ready. The mindset doesn’t change much, just have to slow down the game in more high leverage situations that you’ll be in late in games and do the best to get your team the win that day.”   Phillies Minor league pitching coordinator Travis Hergert told me that Tyler has a “riding two seam fastball ( 93-95 mph ), a sweeping slider and a bowling ball change up. He developed a cutter in the off season to use against left handed hitters.”  Tyler also committed to more of a 3/4 arm slot delivery last season and that he attributes his bullpen role success to the fact that he “sold out to the reliever role in spring training.”  McKay appeared in 40 games between Jersey Shore & Reading totaling 60 2/3 IP with 47 K’s and 23 walks.  In 15 games with Jersey Shore he posted a 2.66 ERA in 20 1/3 IP before being promoted to Reading  on 6/6/22.  The speed gun : fastball/cutter ( sits in a range of 92 to 94 mph - max 95 ), slider ( 81 to 86 mph ) and change up ( 84 to 87 mph ).  2023 Projection - a return to Reading out of spring training camp seems likely.

Left to right - top to bottom - Tyler McKay, Griff McGarry, Christian McGowan, Tommy McCollum ( middle ), Gunner Mayer, James McArthur & James Marvel - photos by Casey Burns, Cheryl Pursell, George Youngs Jr & Mark Wylie

Prior Reports - Catchers, Infielders & Outfielders :

Catchers :

Group 1 : Jack Conley, Arturo DeFreitas, Jordan Dissin, Vito Friscia, Herbert Iser and Ryan Leitch. -

Group 2 : Rafael Marchan, Nick Matera, Adony Mejia, Andrik Nava, Rickardo Perez & Jackie Pertuz  -

Group 3 : Anthony Quirion, Caleb Ricketts, Leanardo Rondon, Donny Sands, Gustavo Sosa & Micah Yonamine -

Infielders :

Group One : Matt Alifano, Alexeis Azuaje, Jamari Baylor, William Bergolla, Erick Brito, Johan Camargo,Ali Castillo, Chad Castillo - article posted 11/14/22 - link -

Group Two : Aldrem Corredor, Aroon Escobar, Diego Gonzalez, Sal Gozzo, Jonathan Guzman, Darick Hall, Lou Helmig, Otto Kemp  - article posted 11/15/22 - link -

Group Three : Scott Kingery, Hao Yu Lee, Casey Martin, Nick Maton, Freylin Minyety, Cole Moore, Yairo Munoz, Josh Ockimey - article posted 11/16/22 - link -

Group Four : Nikau Pouaka-Grego, Ty Penner, Wendell Rijo, Brian Rincon, Daniel Robertson, Jehisbert Sevilla, Kendall Simmons, Marco Soto - article posted 11/17/22 - link -

Group Five : Madison Stokes, McCarthy Tatum, Will Toffey, Nicolas Torres, Randy Vasquez, Kevin Vicuña, Uziel Viloria, Rixon Wingrove -

Outfielders :

Group One : Jorge Bonifacio, Emaarion Boyd, Chris Burke, Jared Carr, Justin Crawford, Carlos De La Cruz, Jefferson Encarnacion -

Group Two : Ezra Farmer, Cade Fergus, Yemal Flores, Wilfredo Flores, Jorge Garcia, Yhoswar Garcia, Dalton Guthrie, Darium Gutierrez -

Group Three : Raylin Heredia, Dakota Kotowski, Matt Kroon, Marcus Lee Sang, Simon Muzziotti, Jhailyn Ortiz, Jerffson Pena -

Group Four : Dustin Peterson, Leandro Pineda, Baron Radcliff, Felix Reyes, Gabriel Rincones Jr, Albert Rodriquez, Johan Rojas -

Group Five : Ricardo Rosario, Troy Schreffler, Chris Sharpe, Gavin Tonkel, Jordan Viars, Justin Williams, Ethan Wilson -

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