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PNTV Interview: RHP Prospect Colby Shreve

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, June 08, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Righty reliever Colby Shreve entered his 2013 campaign with a 19-14 record, six saves and a 3.54 ERA along with a 7.25 K/9 mark and a 3.24 BB/9 mark in 110 games at three levels, but hasn’t been as sharp this season. In 15 games (14 with Class A Advanced Clearwater and one with Double-A Reading), the Las Vegas native has a 0-2 record, a 4.44 ERA and has struck out 19 and walked 16 in 26 1/3 innings pitched.

The 6-foot-5 210-pounder was sidelined with an elbow injury and required Tommy John surgery when he was selected in the 6th round of the 2008 draft by the Phils and did not make his pro debut until 2010.

Shreve, 25, altered his arm angle a bit last year and improved the velocity of his fastball which was clocked at 95 MPH during his time with Reading in 2012.

Last month, I talked with Colby, during his most recent stint with Reading, for Phillies Nation TV. He spoke about working to climb the developmental ladder, getting drafted by the Phillies and his impression of the rebranding in Reading. This segment went unused on the TV program, but I definitely wanted to bring it to the viewers anyway.

Check out the interview in the media player below and be sure to tune into PNTV every Tuesday at 6 PM on The Comcast Network. The program also replays throughout the week on TCN and Comcast Sportsnet, so check your listings.

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PN Interview: Colby Shreve, Fall League Edition

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, October 26, 2012 05:00 PM Comments: 0

Through six relief appearances in the Arizona Fall League righty hurler Colby Shreve has posted a 1..35 ERA while holding opponents to a .167 average.

At three levels during the 2012 regular season, the 24-year-old College of Southern Nevada product tallied a 6-3 record with a 3.69 ERA and a 7.38 K/9 mark.  A slight adjustment to his arm angle this year helped the 6-foot-5 210-pounder to upgrade his velocity, which was steadily clocked at 95 MPH in 2012.

The Phillies’ 6th round draft selection in 2008, Shreve had Tommy John surgery and missed his first full season following signing a professional contract, as he recovered.

Recently, Colby took some time to offer his thoughts on the AFL and what he’s working on while there.  Read ahead for that interview.

-How did you find out you’d be competing in the Arizona Fall Lg and what was your reaction?

I found out I was coming to the fall league about 10 days before our regular season ended. I was excited to come to the fall league, just as I was last year. It is a great opportunity to compete against the best competition in the minor leagues and showcase yourself in front of every MLB team. Continue reading PN Interview: Colby Shreve, Fall League Edition

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The Roy Halladay Velocity Scare, Vol. 1

Posted by Corey Seidman, Fri, March 16, 2012 07:00 AM Comments: 9

PHOTO: AP

A stir was created when, following his 2.2-inning, 7-hit, 5-earned run start against the Twins Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal reported that Roy Halladay‘s velocity was down to 89 miles per hour. Here’s how Rosenthal told it:

One scout said Halladay topped out at 89 mph Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins, threw from a lower arm angle and lacked bite on his changeup and sinker. Another said that Halladay does not resemble the same pitcher who comes out “like gangbusters” every spring.

Rosenthal spoke to Ruben Amaro before publishing the piece and Amaro downplayed the situation, saying he wasn’t concerned.

“I’m not worried about his arm strength,” Amaro said. “He’s only throwing 89 mph. He usually throws 91 to 93. It’s really not that much different at this stage of camp.

“If it was March 25 and he was still throwing in that range and not locating, then I’d be concerned. Right now, he’s just working on command. I don’t have any concerns. He’s throwing a lot of off-speed pitches, working on his changeup, different things.”

Halladay then came out and, as Deadspin labeled it, “accused Rosenthal of throwing some [fecal matter] at the wall.”

“Yeah, I heard about that,” said Halladay. “Poor reporting on the extreme end of poor reporting. It couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Two quick points:

  • Halladay’s average fastball is just over 92 mph. A drop to 89 isn’t precipitous, and furthermore, Halladay is far from a hurler who relies on velocity. His pitching blueprint is very similar to Greg Maddux‘s old approach. Command, movement and intelligence are all more critical to Halladay’s success than velocity.
  • That being said, if Halladay’s fastball loses some speed we could see an increase in his foul balls, which is usually the best way to knock Doc out of a game. You get the feeling that when Halladay finally does wind down, he won’t be bashed around the yard but will instead give up a ton of foul balls that lead to longer, more successful at-bats and earlier exits.

I’ve gotten a few questions on Twitter since Wednesday from fans feeling all different levels of concern. Most are brushing it off as a one-time occurrence. Some are scared. One wrote to me that if Halladay keeps it up, the Phillies should trade Cole Hamels and start a rebuilding process.

My reaction after the initial “Uh-oh” was, “Wow, how freaking good is Halladay that this is only the first or second negative report we’ve heard about him in three years.”

Just remember the date Amaro used, March 25. Comments like these are typically forgotten, and if Halladay tops out at 89 instead of 92-94 in the final week of March, words will be twisted in a new way. But just keep 3/25 on your calendar, just in case.

If his velocity is still down, then maybe we worry.

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Prospect Nation 2012: #18 LHP Jake Diekman

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, February 01, 2012 03:02 PM Comments: 1

Lefty reliever Jake Diekman raised his value a considerable amount in 2011. The 6-foot-4-inch 190-pounder was fresh off a dismal effort in the Arizona Fall League, over the off-season, when a revised focus and some simple adjustments to his loosening efforts breathed new life into the young hurler’s pro career.

After struggling in the Arizona Fall League in 2010, when he allowed 12 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings over 5 outings, Diekman refocused his approach on the mound. Diekman entered the 2011 season with a goal of throwing all his pitches for strikes and getting into a hitter’s mentality in order to mix up his approach toward the opposition. That approach helped the Phillies’ 30th round draft choice from 2007 compete against hitters at the higher levels of the minors. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012: #18 LHP Jake Diekman

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Diekman Set to Shine Among AFL Stars

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, November 05, 2011 09:00 AM Comments: 4

The Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game is set to be played tonight at 8 PM EST. The exhibition contest that features many top prospects from all across baseball will be televised nationally on MLB Network.

Left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman, a 30th round draft choice in 2007, will be the Phillies’ lone representative, as he will be among the relievers for the East division squad.

Thus far in 7 appearances for the Scottsdale Scorpions, the 6-foot-4-inch 190-pound Diekman has not allowed a run or a hit. In 7 1/3 innings, Diekman has struck out 9 opponents and walked 5.

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Gameday: Phillies (72-39) vs. Giants (62-50)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, August 05, 2011 09:46 PM Comments: 51

Philadelphia Phillies (72-39) at San Francisco Giants (62-50)

Vance Worley (7-1, 2.33 ERA) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (4-5, 3.81 ERA)

Time: 10:15, AT&T Park
TV:
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Breezy/Clear 59
Media: Twitter and Facebook

They just keep on winnin’. The Phillies go for 8 straight with the unstoppable force on the mound, Vance Worley. He hasn’t lost since the dawn of time, or so it would seem. It’s actually May 29 against the Mets. Over two months since getting an L next to his name is quite impressive. I know people are waiting for it all to unravel, but when are we all going to come to the realization that Worley is a very good pitcher.

Tonight will be a telling start for him. The Giants stink on offense but they just saw Worley last week, so it could change the second time around. If that deceiving arm angle continues to baffle hitters, then it’ll stay the same.

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Week In Review: Bastardo, Victorino, Chooch’s pinch slam

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, April 10, 2011 07:42 PM Comments: 11

The Phillies are flying high this week after a big series win against division rivals the Atlanta Braves.  Both series this week were played within the division.  The Braves were the first real test for the Phillies who opened the season against Houston and then welcomed in the Mets for a three game series.

Philly took two out of three from both New York and Atlanta despite uncharacteristic outings from two of their top pitchers.  Cole Hamels wasn’t able to make it out of the third inning in his game against the Mets April 5th.  It was his shortest outing since 2006, his rookie year where he allowed nine runs (five earned) in two innings against the Cubs.

The Phils dropped to 3-1 with that loss.  A 4-0 mark would have been the first time the Phillies opened the season with four straight wins since 1915.  Oh well, always next year.

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Breaking Down Halladay’s CG Win vs. Astros, 4/11

Posted by Paul Boye, Mon, April 12, 2010 08:45 AM Comments: 28

Roy Halladay dealt the first of what will, hopefully, be many complete games in his tenure here in Philadelphia. He held a weak Houston lineup to just one run and seven hits in his nine innings, permitting no walks and striking out eight. His outing needs no additional superlatives; it was clearly a performance the team needed while being shut down – for the most part – by Roy Oswalt and three Astros relievers.

Let’s dig a little deeper and take a look at Halladay’s start on a new level. Special thanks to BrooksBaseball for their Pitch F/x tool.

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Release Point

See that tight cluster of markers? That’s consistency, friends. That’s four-to-five different pitch types all being released within one square inch of any other pitch. A big key to the effectiveness and guile of a given pitcher – especially a starter, as the lineup gets multiple chances to see him – is consistency in arm angle and release point. With that pitch arsenal and speeds ranging from 75 to 95 MPH, Halladay most definitely had his mechanics in order today.

As an aside, the axis labels are incorrect. They are corrected in the comments.

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Versus Lefty Batters

Michael Bourn, Cory Sullivan, Geoff Blum and Kaz Matsui faced Halladay a combined 14 times Sunday and collected three of the team’s seven hits. In case you have difficulty distinguishing the pitch types listed above, the pitches he threw to lefties were as follows:

Four-seam fastballs (13), changeups (6), curveballs (3), cutters (16) and two-seam fastballs (9).

No pitch of Halladay’s really flies truly straight, but let’s write off his four-seamers as “straight” pitches for a moment. The breakdown of the remaining pitches finds 15 pitches breaking away from lefties (changeups and two-seamers) and 19 breaking in toward them (curves and cutters). Additionally, you can see from the plot that almost everything was on the inner half. Halladay gave no ground to lefties, and that made plenty of sense, considering the four batters that faced him from the left side weren’t exactly a murderer’s row (combined career .323 OBP, .378 SLG). Good work on the lefties, despite the noticeable lack of Lance Berkman in the Houston lineup.

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Movement

What are you seeing here? This is the average amount of movement for each of Halladay’s pitch types. Green is his four-seamer, red is the change, blue is the cutter, yellow is the curve and orange is the two-seamer. Imagine the x-axis (bottom line) of the graph at 0.0 is where the catcher is positioned behind the plate. The top of each colored line is the release point of the pitch, and the curve of the line is the break from release until it reaches the strike zone.

By my rough calculation, the cutter averaged about 1.6 feet of movement, the most of any pitch type. Everything else averaged more than a foot of movement on its own, but the cutter clearly had plenty of slip. Of course, this graph is only measuring horizontal movement, so the curveball seems less dynamic on this graph than it actually was.

Conclusion

After this quick overlook, the conclusion is pretty simple. Aside from what you already know – that Roy Halladay is a darn fine pitcher – the keys to his success were in full bloom in today’s start against the Astros. Varied pitch types, an aggressive approach against lefties and plenty of movement on every pitch ensured that Halladay kept the Astros hitters off balance and, for the most part, off the basepaths and scoreboard. It’s early, and Halladay has yet to test the upper echelon of the N.L.’s lineups this season, but if these first two starts are any indication, Halladay’s stuff should be able to handle any National League lineup this season.

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