Phillies to Send Seven Prospects to Arizona Fall League

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10 APR 2016: Scott Kingery of the Threshers during the Florida State League game between the Clearwater Threshers and the Dunedin Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.
10 APR 2016: Scott Kingery of the Threshers during the Florida State League game between the Clearwater Threshers and the Dunedin Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. /
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The Phillies have a strong battalion of pitchers headed to Arizona

RHP Victor Arano

-The Phillies acquired Arano as part of the Roberto Hernandez trade back in 2014. The team tried him as a starter in 2015, but this season have used him exclusively in the pen. His fastball-slider combo have really shined in relief, especially with his already solid control. Arano has a strikeouts per nine between of 10.6 between High-A and AA. If Arano succeeds in the AFL, it could warrant him starting 2017 in the Iron Pigs bullpen.

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  • LHP Brandon Leibrandt-Leibrandt was the Phillies’ sixth-round pick in 2014, and showed some promise. The lefty threw an above-average changeup with solid command, but a fringe fastball. However, his last year has been derailed by injuries. Leibrandt has been off and on the disabled list since June of last season. Leibrandt came off the DL in August, making five starts with a 1.64 ERA. Missing so much time in the past year, every inning is valuable for him.
  • RHP Miguel Nunez-Nunez started in High-A Clearwater for the third year in a row, but he breezed right through his stint there. Nunez has 49 strikeouts in 44.1 innings since his promotion to Reading, but he also has 28 walks in that span. Nunez’s goal in the AFL is clear: work on his control out of the bullpen.
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