Future Phillies IV

(Fourth in an eight-part series on young prospects in the Phillies minor league season, relief pitchers.  Next: catchers)

Bergh, Ryan . . .B-T: R-R . . . 6-4, 250 . . . 23 . . . Reddick, FL . . . Selected in the 26th round, 2008, out of Old Dominion U.; signed by Paul Murphy . . . First-year pro . . . Made pro debut with Gulf Coast League Phillies, 3-1, 0.64, 9 SV, 20 G; 26 SO, 4 BB, 28.1 IP; allowed 2 ER, 0 in the first 18 IP.

Scouting Report: “Deceptive sidearm, ¾ delivery.  Strike thrower.  Good sinking fast ball.  Adequate change and slider. Durable arm.”

Bisenius, Joe . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-4, 205 . . . 26 . . . Sioux City, IA . . . Selected in 12th round, 2004, out of Oklahoma City U.; signed by Paul Scott . . . Five-year pro . . . Split season between Reading and Lehigh Valley; combined 3-5, 4.06 ERA, 43 G.

Scouting Report: “Above average fast ball.  His out-pitch is a power curve; at times unhittable.  Command and control not consistent.”

Escalona, Sergio . . . B-T: L-L . . . 6-0, 170 . . . 24 . . . El Tocuyo, Lara, VZ . . . Signed as an amateur free agent, 5/25/04, by Jesus Mendez . . . Five-year pro . . . Began season at Lakewood (5-1, 2.43, 28 G) before promotion to Reading (0-1, 2.22, 15 G); combined 5-2, 3.00, 43 G, 3 SV, 89 SO in 69 IP . . . Pitched in Arizona Fall League, 1-0, 6.14, 12 G, 15 SO, 14.1 IP and Venezuela Winter League, 0-0, 0.00 , 3 G.

Scouting Report: “Sneaky quick fast ball.  Curve is a plus pitch.  Change someday will be a viable pitch against RH hitters.  Works hard to improve his deficiencies. Has the tools to pitch in the majors.”

German, Matt . . . B-T: L-L . . . 6-0, 190 . . . 24 . . . Maricopa, AZ . . . Attended Northern Illinois U. . . . Signed as an amateur free agent, 5/28/07, by Bob Szmkowski . . . Two-year pro . . . Spent season at Clearwater, 3-2, 3.68, 44 G, 6 SV, 64 SO in 58.2 IP; opponents batted .213; allowed 1 or fewer ER in 37 of 44 outings . . . FSL in-season All-Star.

Scouting Report: “Ability to throw a quality slider in any count with deception.  Fast ball will play higher than the velocity shows when he uses it in slider counts and pitches backwards.”

Kissock, Chris . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-4, 188 . . . 23 . . . Fruitvale, British Columbia . . . Selected in 9th round, 2007, out of Lewis-Clark State College; signed by Dave Ryles . . . Two-year pro . . . Spent season at Lakewood, 4-6, 4.37, 38 G (7 GS) . . . Pitched in Hawaiian Winter League, 1-0, 1.69, 12 H, 23 SO, 21.1 IP; opponents batted .122.

Scouting Report: “Tall and thin, will grow and become a strong reliever with resiliency. Aggressive with sinking fast ball; potential for an above average fast ball.  Slider getting tighter.”

Overholt, Pat . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-0, 190 . . . 24 . . . Sandy UT . . . Selected in 22nd round, 2005, out of Santa Clara U.; signed by Joey Davis . . . Four-year pro . . . Became closer for first time at Reading, 3-8, 5.86 ERA, 49 G, 10 SV; 73 SO in 78.1 IP.

Scouting Report: “Power slider has depth and bite.  At times it is a plus pitch.  Fast ball can be above average. Lacks command and control.  Needs innings.”

Schwimer, Michael . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-8, 240 . . . 22 . . . Alexandria, VA . . . Selected in 14th round, 2008, out of U. of Virginia; signed by Paul Murphy . . . Made pro debut at Williamsport, 0-2, 1.96, 22 G, 8 SV, 62 SO in 41.1 IP; ended season with 11.2 scoreless innings streak.

Scouting Report: “Big and strong physical reliever.  Hitters feel like he is on top of them.  Fast ball at times has life.  Slider, when right, has late bite with good angle.  Slider has a chance to be his strikeout pitch.”

Simon, Jared . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-1, 185 . . . 24 . . . Valley Center, KS . . . Signed as a non-drafted free agent, 9/14/07, after pitching in Independent Frontier League . . . Two-year pro . . . Spent season at Lakewood, 6-3, 3.56 ERA, 55 G, 30 SV; didn’t allow an ER in 20 consecutive appearances, 7/13-8/1.

Scouting Report: “Throws a lot of strikes with sinking fastball.  Slider is improving.”

Sterner, Zack . . . B-T, R-R . . . 6-1, 180 . . . 23 . . . Athens, TN . . . Selected in 17th round, 2007, out of Tennessee Wesleyan; signed by Mike Stauffer . . . Two-year pro . . . Spent season at Lakewood, 10-2, 1.48, 29 g; ERA is fourth lowest in Lakewood history; held LHH to .150 average; did not allow an ERA in 21 of his 28 appearances.

Scouting Report: “Thin frame, will get stronger.  Very aggressive with four pitches.  Mixes pitches well.  Believe he can compete anywhere.  Needs innings.”

Walls, Sam . . . B-T: R-R . . . 5-11, 195 . . . 25 . . . Kearneysville, WV . . . Selected in 10th round, 2006, out of North Carolina State U.; signed by Roy Tanner . . . Three-year pro . . . Split season between Clearwater and Reading; combined 3-4, 3.29, 63 G, 14 SV . . . Phillies minor league pitcher of the month (May) . . . Was on DL with right shoulder inflammation, 8/24; missed all of 2007 with shoulder injury.

Scouting Report: “Live fast ball.  Cutter/slider can be a solid pitch.  Change has some depth.  Command and control need to be honed.  Has guts and a plus fastball.”

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