Mesa, the club with Phillies prospects, did not advance to the Arizona Fall League Championship Game (which you can watch on MLB Network tomorrow night).
Now that their AFL season is complete, let’s take a look back at these player and what could be in store during 2011.
Tim Kennelly, UTL: .293 (12-41), 4 RBIs, 3 BB, 7 Ks
– Probably to Reading, useful because he can play so many positions
John Mayberry, OF: 0-2 and injured
– Hurt on Opening Day, will be in big league camp and probably in Lehigh Valley’s OF
Matt Rizzotti, 1B: .333 (21-63), 12 RBIs, 22 BB, 15 Ks
– Really a great six weeks for him, though he did miss some time with injury. Note the +7 walks to strikeouts. Probably Lehigh Valley’s first baseman
Tyson Brummett: 1-1, 3.79, 19 IP, 13 K, 2 BB
– A very solid fall for Brummett, who pitched in Reading this year and will likely be in Lehigh Valley’s rotation.
Justin De Fratus: 0-0, 0.00, 7 IP, 3 H, 11 K, 3 BB
– Great fall capped a great year for De Fratus, who is a lock to be on the 40-man roster next year, has a shot to make the big league bullpen and at worst will be in Lehigh Valley.
Jacob Diekman: 0-0, 2.945, 3.2 IP, 14 H, 4 BB, 3 K
– He was a late addition to the Arizona Fall League roster and struggled. Clearwater or Reading for Diekman next year
Chris Kissock: 1-0, 2.38, 11.1 IP, 11 H, 2 BB, 5 K
– Solid fall for Kissock, who pitched for Clearwater and a bit for Reading this year. He probably returns to Reading in 2011.
BJ Rosenberg: 0-1, 8.53, 12.2 IP, 18 H, 8 BB, 10 K
– It was a weird year for BJ, who battled injuries on and off. He obviously didn’t have the best fall but was still working his way back. He probably starts 2011 in Reading.
Josh Zeid: 3-0, 3.86, 14 IP, 11 H, 1 BB, 12 K
– A very good fall for Zeid, who pitched with the BlueClaws in 2010, and finished his time with Mesa the way he finished his time with the BlueClaws. The Phillies have had older (four-year) college pitchers skip levels before (BJ Rosenberg skipped Clearwater in August of 2009 and Michael Schwimer skipped Lakewood at the start of 2009) and certainly Zeid jumping straight to Reading would seem to be a possibility.
Michael Taylor was the other former BlueClaw in Arizona. He hit .278 with 2 HRs and 15 RBIs, though his two home runs were the first two games that he played.