Phillies’ pitching wish list

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 27: Starting pitcher Aaron Nola
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 27: Starting pitcher Aaron Nola /
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Chatwood Will Be a Popular Free Agent This Offseason. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images.
Chatwood Will Be a Popular Free Agent This Offseason. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images. /

At Phillies sites in September, the faithful had bashed every dreadful appearance by Pivetta but were silent during his final three contests. Granted, he struggled mightily. And Velasquez was their other whipping boy: They debated whether his control would make him unsuitable for the closer’s role. Simultaneously, the finesse pitchers with average stuff received their praise, and they voiced concerns for their pitching opportunities. But if Klentak only acquires one piece for the starting five, Velasquez and Pivetta will get chances because hard throwers can make two or three mistakes per game. Control pitchers can’t.

Generally speaking, players need two full 162s to develop, and they make an impact in their third summer. And even aces make their mark in the same timeframe: For instance, Cole Hamels‘ impact occurred in his third year. In other words, Velasquez and Pivetta could be victims of impossible expectations.     .

"VOICES OF EXPERIENCE: “The older pitcher acquires confidence in his ballclub. He doesn’t try to do it all himself.” – Burleigh Grimes “A curve ball is not something you can pick up overnight. It took me years to perfect mine.” – Bob Gibson"

Right-hander Tyler Chatwood, a first-time free agent, will receive offers considerably above his $4.4 million salary for 2017, but that won’t be anywhere near the roughly $18 million QO (qualifying offer). He avoids hard contact, has a high ground-ball rate, and throws a mid-90’s fastball. Ergo, not a secret!

Chatwood, 27:

  • 2016 Away: 13  Gms., 8-1 with a 1.69 ERA for 80 Inn.
  • 2017 Away: 16  Gms., 13 Starts, 5-7 with a 3.49 ERA for 77 1/3 Inn.