Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/8/12

Vance Worley is the bright spot for the Philadelphia Phillies from last year’s 4 breakout youngsters.  How have the others done?  How many will duplicate their 2011 campaign?



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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    6-3 Outcome


Juan Pierre
Joe BlantonRBI Double To Tie It Up At 1 (2nd)
RBI Single to Take a 2-1 Lead (2nd) The Fun House Of MirrorsHunter Pence
Ran Over Juan Samuel In The 2nd Before Scoring
Rally Tal & Cap7 Players3-Run 3rd With 2 Doubles & 2 Singles The Kangaroo CourthouseJuan Samuel
Jake Diekman
Chooch RuizGetting In The Way Of The Runner In The 2nd
Allowed A Stolen Base After A Double Steal In The 7th
Allowed A Steal Of Home After A K Out At 1st In The 7th The Big HouseOpposing SSChase Utley Was Robbed Of A Hit In The 6th

Hunter Smokes Sammy In The 2nd


The Kiddie Corps:

Rube Amaro entered 2012 with a laundry list of must-gamble options. Like all GM’s in the baseball-parity era–including NYY–he had to go with under-contract veterans after their DL stints, and new stars:  1 decent tour or less on their resume. In other words, he had no choice from a financial perspective except to count on inexpensive players who had solid 2011’s. Worley had over 4 solid months on the books last year, while Antonio Bastardo was dominate until September. Michael Stutes had a powerful beginning in late April, but he struggled during the 2nd half. John Mayberry Jr. hit .301 with 12 homeruns (24) and 37 RBI (74), which is doubled for an entire tour.

BATTERAVG.HRRBISB - CSE Mayberry.273154908 - 033 2012.232062301 - 001 (1B)

Chooch Goes On Contact In The 2nd

Stutes was the first to flop or pitch injured, which isn’t known without a visible difference in results. He probably will get the benefit of the doubt after having shoulder surgery. Bastardo needs another role, where he can earn his way back to being trusted again. Mayberry has been demoted to a platoon situation, and without a drastic change, he may have reached his baseball ceiling. He may only be a fourth outfielder.

HURLERW - LERAINN - HR - ERBB - SO Worley11 - 33.01131.2 - 11647 - 4446 - 119 201204 - 53.46078.0 - 07835 - 3019 - 039 Bastardo06 - 12.64058.0 - 02817 - 1726 - 070 201202 - 35.34028.2 - 02417 - 1719 - 039 Stutes 06 - 23.63062.0 - 04925 - 2528 - 058 201200 - 06.35005.2 - 00706 - 0404 - 005

J-Roll Ends The 2nd In Style

Stutes was in the hunt for a backend bullpen seat, but he won’t be back this year. Bastardo was a starter who was converted to a reliever, and was headed for a closing job when he faltered. Mayberry was on his way to accomplishing what Jayson Werth had, but he was stopped by a wall. The Vanimal appears to be a bottom-of-the-rotation arm, and that fits his blueprint. That said, he has proven to be the best of the four, and the only one still excelling.

The Vanimal Delivers A Fastball On July 3 In Queens Against The Mets


Vance Worley:

Most hurlers don’t want to go into the break with a poor performance on their ledger.  That said, he has worked 7 complete in 4 of 13 appearances with 3 clunkers.  However, he is 2-2 with only a 4.00 ERA at the Bank.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Vance Worley4-5, 3.46 ERABravesRHP Jair Jurrjens 2-2, 5.19 ERASunday, Day

Jair Jurrjens Pictured At Home On July 3 Against The Cubs

Jair Jurrjens:

He is having 3 seasons in 1 with 4 monstrosities during April, a less-than-impressive showing at Triple-A, and a call-up due only to other’s health. He has gone 7.2 innings in 1 of 7 attempts. However, he has a 1.47 ERA in 3 efforts since re-entering the rotation, but his last 2 were less than 6 frames each.

DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON Over The TopExcellent 3-Quarters SidearmGood SidearmAbove Average Short Arm Approximately Average SubmarineBelow Average

Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5

Slot on his club:  1 – 5

Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.

HURLERVance WorleyJair Jurrjens NUMBERA FourA Five CLUB SLOTFourFive FOR 2012SidearmSubmarine '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTForkballChangeup* LAST HIGH OR LOW12th of 15 Categories8th of 15 Categories

DISPLAY NOTE:  Non-listed results can go up or down by

* 1 notch & ** 2 clicks (This note will only appear when it’s relevant.)

* 1 Tick UP

PITCHINNER - R- HPITCHINNER 1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64 2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53 3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity 4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster 5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected 6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+ 7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured 8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted 9Slurve52** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also


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