Phillies Arizona Fall League Update: Week 3
Giles had just one appearance this week, his first multi-inning excursion this fall. Fastball still sitting 95-97mph though it was down to 93mph towards the end of his second inning of work. He also threw what looked to be his first two changeups this month. He’s still living up in the zone far too often and the control is just okay. Still, the pure fastball velocity is missing pretty good Fall League bats. Giles is making the case to start the 2013 season in Reading despite a poor showing in the Florida State league during the season.
He hasn’t given up a hit since October 16th but he’s pitched just two innings over that span. He’ll likely get two innings of work this week.
Nesseth turned in his best outing of the fall on Saturday. He sat 92-93mph with the fastball and touched 94mph a few times while keeping everything down in the zone. He’s given up one run over his last six innings.
He continues to struggle, getting hit around once again on Friday by Jorge Soler and company (to be fair, they’re hitting everyone around). He surrendered his second October homer tied for second most among Fall League relievers. The fastball topped out at 92mph this week.
Only two games this week for Rupp who struck out three times in ten at-bats. He’ walked just once in his thirty trips to the plate. Given the environment, Rupp’s natural power and the “quality” of the pitching in Arizona compared to what Rupp had seen in Triple-A and four MLB games, I wouldn’t have been surprised if he’d led the league in homers. Instead, he has yet to hit one.
Perkins has played in every game since October 22nd. There are things to like about Perkins. He’s got a good body with some room to add mass and generates impressive torque with his lower half during his swing. He took a 95mph the opposite way for a triple on Friday. He’s struggling to keep his weight back on breaking balls.
A hand injury has him shelved. No games from him.
A personal favorite of mine when he was in college at West Chester, Cleveland’s young second base prospect continues to hit everywhere he goes. He’s a 2B only guy so there’s pressure on the offense but the bat speed is enticing and I think he’s going to get there and has a chance to be a solid regular.