Travis Minix has continued to dominate out of the bullpen for the Surprise Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. The 28-year-old right-hander appears to be on the fast track for a spot in the Phillies' bullpen.
So far in five games and 7 2-3 innings with the Scorpions, Minix has a 1.17 ERA and has allowed only 1 earned run and 5 hits, striking out five and walking three.
At this pace, the 6-1 right-hander will finished with a sub 2.00 ERA in Double-A, Triple-A and in the AFL.
Reading (1.84 ERA, 58 2-3 innings, 7 saves, 55/15 strikeout/walk ratio)
Scranton (1.57 ERA, 17 2-3 innings)
Minix is another example of a player who won’t be picked up on Baseball America’s radar because of his age, but could find himself pitching in the majors very soon because of possible openings in the bullpen. With uncertainty surrounding Billy Wagner and Ugueth Urbina, along with the continued deterioration of Rheal Cormier, the Phils may need to fill two or more holes.
Minix was a solid producer in the Devil Rays organization for six seasons, pitching with Triple-A Durham in 2004, but was unexpectedly released on March 29. The Phillies signed him the very next day.
Originally selected in the 23rd round of the June '99 draft, Minix features a fastball, slider and changeup with 88-89 speed and sharp location. R-Phils pitching coach Tom Filer called his slider the best in the Eastern League back in June.
Four other Phillies are playing alongside Minix this fall, including center fielder Michael Bourn, starting pitcher Scott Mathieson, and relief pitchers Ryan Cameron and Brian Sanches.
Sanches is another promissing reliever who was picked up as a minor league free agent two seasons ago. So far, the right-handed Texan has a 1.29 ERA in 7 innings with the Scorpions. Sanches pitched the entire season with the Red Barons, going 5-3 with a 3.69 ERA in relief, compiling a very good 75/27 strkeout/walk ratio.
The Scorpions share players from the Astros, Royals, Phillies, Angels and Cardinals.
Of note, top prospect Jered Weaver is on the roster but has been bombed so far. In three games, the Angels' first-round pick in the 2004 draft is 0-2 with a 8.59 ERA. Meanwhile, Mathieson has dominated, striking out 22 batters in 11 2-3 innings for a 3.18 ERA.