Two pitchers from the independent Slippery Rock Sliders, right-handed reliever Jared Simon and left-handed starter Dan Schwartz, have been signed by the Phillies, according to a Sliders news release.
Simon is a product of Wichita State University and appeared in 20 games for the school this season, posting a 0-2 record with a 4.29 ERA, striking out 23 while walking two in 27.1 innings. Signed by the Sliders, he picked up six saves for Slippery Rock in 22 appearances, holding hitters to a .193 average and posting a 28/5 K/BB ratio. Simon was considered one of the top relievers in the Frontier League, according to his pitching coach.
Schwartz, a Northwestern University product, went 4-4 with a 5.24 ERA in 12 starts, including 53 strikeouts in 68.2 innings. Later with Slippery Rock, he went 2-5 with a 4.17 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 69 innings. His Big Ten experience and velocity make him an attractive prospect, according to the release. Schwartz becomes the second left-handed Wildcat in the Phillies farm system, joining Triple-A starter J.A. Happ.
At least one scout is still excited about Golson
Greg Golson, the 21st pick in the 2004 draft, may be generating futile numbers with the stick, but a scout who spoke with Baseball America still holds out hope that the 22-year-old Texan can become a five-tool stud, and believes there are others who share the same view.
It's an awfully positive spin for a guy whose minor league OPS is .703, crippled by nearly 500 strikeouts in four short seasons. Golson, who was bumped up to Double-A, has three of the five tools down cold. He can run, catch and throw, which means he would do very well at the NFL combine. But when it comes to hitting for average and power, he’s still falling well short due to a poor grasp of the strike zone. Golson still has time to solve professional pitching, and by all accounts, including the opinion of Reading Phillies beat writer Mike Drago, the outfielder is eager to learn, but at this stage, we’re already looking at a late-bloomer, at best.
Phuture Phillies, the outstanding minor league blog, diplomatically illustrates the Golson situation this way:
“His isolated power has slowly increased since his rookie season, but notice, I say “slowly”, because his power really hasn’t spiked, it’s been a very gradual climb. Over the same span, his walk rate has dipped since 2005 in pretty drastic fashion, while his K rate has gone up. More of his hits are going for extra base hits, indicating he might be making better contact and might be using his speed a bit more. But, on the whole, he’s still not a guy I can get excited about, and that’s not me being negative, it’s just me saying that he’s now had 4 years as a pro, he can’t take a walk, and he hasn’t figured out how to tap into his raw power that supposedly exists."
Right-handers representing Phillies in Hawaiian League
Andrew Cruse (Clearwater) and Ronald Hill (Clearwater) are pitching for North Shore this fall. You can track their progress here.
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