Hear Me Out: The Phillies Should Keep Casper Wells Around

Casper Wells has had a forgettable 2013 campaign. The Phillies are the third team with which he has actually made a Major League plate appearance, and he has a combined .337 OPS — he is barely out-hitting Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone, for the sake of comparison. And now, as Matt Gelb reported, he is going on the disabled list with vision problems.

Just how bad were the vision problems?

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Ethan Martin Seems Destined for the Bullpen

On August 2, Ethan Martin made his Major League debut starting against the Atlanta Braves. He featured a mid-90’s fastball, a looping curve, and a mid-80’s slider. He pitched well until a five-run fifth inning ended his night.

Over his first five starts, Martin has a 6.33 ERA but it doesn’t speak to how well he has pitched. He has averaged better than a strikeout per inning. The biggest culprits have been a 13 percent walk rate and six home runs allowed over 21 and one-third innings.

Clearly, Martin has the stuff to succeed at the Major League level, but that success may end up coming as a reliever rather than as a starter.

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