Phillies Prospect Report: Joey Meneses Making Case for Call-Up

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PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23: Roy Oswalt #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23: Roy Oswalt #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) /
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Harold Arauz, RHP, Reading

Arauz has a pretty good record this year at 8-6, but his performance doesn’t completely reflect that. He has a 5.06 ERA in 21 starts this year. His last few starts haven’t been great. In his last three outings, he hasn’t pitched past the fifth inning.

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Arauz has been getting hit around lately. He has allowed six or more hits in eight of his last ten starts. In the last three starts, he has surrendered five, eight and ten hits. Opponents are hitting .281 against Arauz in 2018.

On July 19th, Arauz pitched 4.1 innings against Altoona, giving up six runs on ten hits. It hasn’t been easy for Arauz lately, but besides a few bad starts, he has been able to eat innings for Reading. He has thrown 115.2 innings so far this year. He’s gone at least five innings in all but three of his starts. The issue has been that he hasn’t gone more than that lately.

It doesn’t matter how many innings he throws if he continues to allow opponents to hit in the high .200s against him. He’ll have to figure that out before he can advance up in the organization.

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