Phillies: Solving the Zach Eflin mystery for 2020

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Pitcher Zach Eflin #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies hands the ball to manager Gabe Kapler #19 as he walks off the mound with Rhys Hoskins #17 looking on during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves during a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 11, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Pitcher Zach Eflin #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies hands the ball to manager Gabe Kapler #19 as he walks off the mound with Rhys Hoskins #17 looking on during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves during a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 11, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Injuries are the bad luck part of being successful in the majors, and they affected Eickhoff’s excellent beginning with the Phillies. Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images. /

The Numerical Bible:

This Phillies review is not a sabermetrics article, which means no heavy statistical analysis. But because some readers rely on stats, this is only a reference: no reason to articulate the importance of these numbers.

Stats from other organizations in parentheses.

Acquired Phillies:

  • Zach Eflin, almost 26: 32 Gms. (4 relief), 163 1/3 Inn., a 4.13 ERA, 10-13, a 4.85 FIP, a 4.76 xFIP, a 4.86 SIERA, a 1.5 fWAR and a 1.35 WHIP.
  • Vince Velasquez, 27.5: 33 Gms. (10 relief), 117 1/3 Inn., a 4.91 ERA, 7-8, 2 Holds, a 5.21 FIP, a 4.75 xFIP, a 4.36 SIERA, a 0.6 fWAR and a 1.39 WHIP.
  • Nick Pivetta, 27: 30 Gms. (10 relief), 93 2/3 Inn., a 5.38 ERA, 4-6, 1 Save, 1 Hold, a 5.47 FIP, a 4.58 xFIP, a 4.73 SIERA, a 0.0 fWAR and a 1.52 WHIP.
  • Jerad Eickhoff, 29.5: 12 Gms. (2 relief), 58 1/3 Inn., a 5.71 ERA, 3-4, 1 Save, a 6.51 FIP, a 5.15 xFIP, a 4.79 SIERA, a -0.4 fWAR and a 1.30 WHIP.

Jake Thompson, 26:

  • 2019 A+: 6 Gms. (2 relief), 23 2/3 Inn., a 1.90 ERA, 1-0, a 3.48 FIP, a 3.38 xFIP and a 1.27 WHIP (Detroit Tigers).
  • 2018 Phillies: 9 Gms., 16 1/3 Inn., a 4.96 ERA, 2 Saves, a 4.26 FIP, a 5.19 xFIP, a 5.14 SIERA, a 0.0 fWAR and a 1.53 WHIP.

Ben Lively, 28:

  • 2019 AAA: 7 Gms., 30 1/3 Inn., a 5.04 ERA, 2-1, a 5.58 FIP, a 4.64 xFIP and a 1.55 WHIP (Arizona Diamondbacks).
  • 2019 AAA: 17 Gms. (14 relief), 42 Inn., a 4.07 ERA, 2-1, a 5.58 FIP, a 5.75 xFIP and a 1.43 WHIP (Kansas City Royals).
  • 2017 Phillies: 15 Gms., 88 2/3 Inn., a 4.26 ERA, 4-7, a 4.97 FIP, a 5.58 xFIP, a 5.27 SIERA, a 0.9 fWAR and a 1.29 WHIP.

Alec Asher, 28.5:

  • 2019 AA: 21 Gms. (5 relief), 96 2/3 Inn., a 6.05 ERA, 6-4, a 5.62 FIP, a 6.33 xFIP and a 1.59 WHIP (Milwaukee Brewers).
  • 2016 Phillies: 5 Gms., 27 2/3 Inn., a 2.28 ERA, 2-1, a 3.33 FIP, a 5.08 xFIP, a 4.95 SIERA, a 0.6 fWAR and a 0.94 WHIP.
  • Tom Eshelman, 25.5: 10 Gms. (6 relief), 36 Inn., a 6.50 ERA, 1-2, a 7.33 FIP, a 5.92 xFIP, a 5.53 SIERA, a -0.4 fWAR and a 1.61 WHIP (Baltimore Orioles).
  • Mark Appel, 28.5: 17 AAA Gms., 82 Inn., a 5.27 ERA, 5-4, a 5.42 FIP, a 5.24 xFIP and a 1.76 WHIP (2017).
  • Tom Windle, 28: 42 AAA Gms., 50 2/3 Inn., a 4.26 ERA, 3 Holds, a 4.37 FIP, a 5.12 xFIP and a 1.46 WHIP (traded with Zach Eflin).

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