Phillies Arizona Fall League Update: Week 4
Giles put on a show in Saturdays’ Fall Stars game, touching 100mph several times and flashing an above average slider or two. I don’t think the command and secondary pitches are enough for him to close and I have concerns about how true and straight the fastball is, but former scout and current MLB.com writer Bernie Pleskoff thinks he’ll be an absolute stud closer if he irons out the command issues. I’ll see if I can’t get some thoughts from Bernie for next week’s update. This is a Major League arm, for sure. He just needs to stay healthy.
Simon’s fastball was up to 93mph this week, faster than I’ve ever seen from him. He kissed 93 just once and was mostly his usual 88-91mph with the usual sink. An encouraging sign from Simon: he’s getting some swings and misses with his changeup from left-handed hitters. If he can do that with regularity and get lefties out then he has a shot as a reliever. Simon’s arm angle already gives him a leg up on opposing righties, a viable big league changeup would make him a more complete prospect. Watch his splits next year.
The fastball velocity we saw last week has been retained. Nevertheless, Nesseth was hit around on Halloween to the tune of five runs in two innings. He just doesn’t miss enough bats.
Wright had his best inning of Fall League on the 29th when he struck out two in a perfect inning of work. The fastball was in the low 90s with the curveball in the upper 70s. All three hitter Wright faced were left-handed (as is Wright) and he worked the ball to his glove side (where he has shown a proclivity to throw) with consistency. Watch his splits next year as well.
Rupp’s BABIP for the AFL is an insane .500. He’s still striking out a lot and swinging at pitches that are off the plate inside. He also walked twice his week, bringing his AFL total to 3. He tripled this week, the third triple of Rupp’s pro career.
Perkins is playing a lot. He’s been out of the lineup just one day since October 22nd. He had his best outing of the Fall on Saturday when he went 3-4 with a double and a triple. There’s leverage in Perkins’ swing and he has playable bat speed. I question whether or not he can hit a breaking ball but he’s making a ton of contact for Peoria right now, only striking out twice in 36 trips to the plate.
Altherr saw his first action since October 16th and played in three games this week, failing to collect a hit or walk, reaching base only when he was hit by a pitch on the 29th. Both of his swinging strikeouts came against breaking balls. I’d expect him to get as many reps as possible over the last two weeks of the schedule.