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Evan Phillips deserves a bullpen spot

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34 minutes ago, Luke-OH said:

Here's what I wrote last year when I ranked him 36th on my late season prospect list after his poor Orioles debut. 

http://www.orioleshangout.com/2018/08/25/lukes-midseason-top-50-adding-the-prospects-from-the-gausman-schoop-deals/

"Low variance 4th piece of the Gausman deal, Phillips is MLB ready but lacks the offspeed pitch to be an impact reliever. He has a fastball heavy pitch mix with a slider and changeup. It makes sense for him to use the fastball because it’s his best pitch, sitting 94-96, t97 with late armside run. While he doesn’t consistently hit his spots, he does have feel for locating the fastball to all four quadrants. The slider and changeup lack any consistency and they are often noncompetitive pitches. They flash at times and maybe there is some upside there, but I wouldn’t count on it. He has deceptive glove arm action that allows the fastball to play even with hitters sitting on it, although I doubt it’ll have the same success against MLB hitters. He struggled in his initial stint with the O’s, as he looked like he was pressing and struggled to throw strikes, but I think he ends up having some value as a middle reliever."

That's a pretty spot on description of what I saw tonight... and if I recall correctly, his fastball was consistently sitting on 94  but he seemed to struggle with locating the slider.  I didn't see a changeup but that doesn't mean he didn't throw a couple.  Thanks for this Luke!

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He looked like a fresh arm. His fastball had life. It looks like 3.0 IP passed 2.1 IP has his longest outing in the majors. So he gets credit for that. 

So two thoughts,

I think this was some of the “upside” we hoped to see from Phillips last year after we acquired him, but he struggle. IIRC, he had a good ST. 

How many days off does he need after throwing 3.0 IP?  For a bullpen that it’s already looking like guys are burnt and/or struggling, I say thanks Evan and fire up that shuttle. 

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On 3/24/2019 at 6:08 AM, wildcard said:

 

This guy does not get talked about much, but all he does is put up zeros.

He has now pitched 9.67 scoreless innings in ST, and struck out 10.

The 24 year-old from Salisbury MD had a very good season at AAA-Gwinnett and AAA-Norfolk last season ........ he pitched 51.33 innings, and only allowed 34 hits while striking 72, and putting up at 2.28 ERA.

He came to the Orioles in the Gausman deal last season ........ this guys needs to be in the Orioles' bullpen. He has earned it.

 

 

 

On 4/9/2019 at 9:08 PM, OFFNY said:

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EVAN JOHN PHILLIPS )))))) (vs. ATHLETICS, 4/09)

 

3 lll Innings Pitched (Bullpen)

0 lll Runs

1 llHit (1 Single)

1 lll Walk

4 lll Strikeouts

48 llPitches ) (33 )Strikes, )15 )Balls)

 

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(vs. RED SOX, 4/14)

 

Phillips pitched another good game today, albeit in a shorter outing this time.

He essentially got 4 outs in the one inning that he pitched, due to Richie Martin throwing the ball away on what would have been the 3rd out of the inning ........ he then proceeded to come back from a 3-0 count to strike out Eduardo Nunez, picking up his teammate and ending the threat.

 

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EVAN JOHN PHILLIPS )))))) (vs. DEVIL RAYS, 4/21)

 

2 lll Innings Pitched 

0 lll Runs

1 llHit (1 Single)

2 lll Walks

1 lll Strikeout

31 llPitches ) (16 )Strikes, )15 )Balls)

 

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He’s been a bright spot so far, especially considering he’s even going multiple IP in his outings. This season is all about getting chances. So far we haven’t had too many guys so far step up and take a spot. Phillips has, for now. 

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Just now, Aglets said:

Demoted for Luis Ortiz.  That has to sting a bit I think.

Wouldnt call it a demoted. Roster move to make space for a temp Starter because of the Cashner blister.

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8 minutes ago, OFFNY said:

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(JUNE 14th)

 

Evan Phillips has been optioned to AAA-Norfolk.

 

https://twitter.com/masnRoch/status/1139592561218244608

 

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5 minutes ago, Aglets said:

 

Demoted for Luis Ortiz. That has to sting a bit, I think.

 

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And Ortiz appears to be starting tonight's game, in place of the blister-fingered Andrew Cashner.

 

https://www.mlb.com/orioles/roster/probable-pitchers

 

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7 minutes ago, Philip said:

Deck chair replacing deck chair

I am not sure about that.   Elias is searching for starters to fill out the rotation behind Means, Bundy and Cobb next season until the Bowie crowd is ready hopefully at mid season.      Blach and Shepard are the latest two starter candidates.  I think they get time in the rotation for a while.  Brooks, Ynoa, Eshelman move to the pen for now.

More waiver wire claims are no doubt in the O's future.

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12 minutes ago, wildcard said:

I am not sure about that.   Elias is searching for starters to fill out the rotation behind Means, Bundy and Cobb next season until the Bowie crowd is ready hopefully at mid season.      Blach and Shepard are the latest two starter candidates.  I think they get time in the rotation for a while.  Brooks, Ynoa, Eshelman move to the pen for now.

More waiver wire claims are no doubt in the O's future.

That's cute you think Cobb will pitch. He'll get a hangnail is his first spring training start and end up missing the entire 2020 season. The starting rotation situation is so unstable, I wouldn't even bank on Bundy and Means.

I would look at bringing Cashner back on a one year deal assuming his troubles in Boston aren't health related. I'm interested in seeing what Elias does to get the starting rotation through the 2020 season. Plus how Elias proceeds after spending a year in the organization. 

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22 minutes ago, Philip said:

Deck chair replacing deck chair

You wanted "anyone" called up. Shepherd has never thrown a pitch in the majors. What are you complaining about exactly? Deck chair replacing deck chair? How would that be different in this case if it was anyone else? We're calling up a guy who has never thrown a pitch and that's your response? You don't really know what you want, do you?

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