Phillies: Giving the players their season letter grades
The Phillies built a good bullpen, but it fell apart in 2019.
David Robertson: F
The David Robertson signing couldn’t have gone worse for the Phillies. He was injured early in the season, pitched terribly while battling the ailment, and will miss extended time after Tommy John Surgery.
Hector Neris: B
Hector Neris is one of the more polarizing Phillies players, carrying a long history of inconsistency despite some impressive outings. Neris settled down in his final 28 games, picking up 10 saves with a 1.29 ERA. It’s never pretty and fans lose brain cells holding their breathe, but the job gets done.
Jose Alvarez: B
Jose Alvarez was a quietly strong addition to the bullpen after coming over from the Angels for Luis Garcia last offseason. Alvarez finished the year with a 3.36 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 59 innings, and had a 1.35 ERA in July and August.
Ranger Suarez: A
The emergence of Ranger Suarez out of the bullpen was a welcomed sight for the Phillies. The starter turned reliever had a 3.14 ERA in 37 games and had a 0.60 ERA in his final 15 appearances. The Phillies might have found themselves a reliable middle man for the bullpen.
Juan Nicasio: C+
If you’re a Phillies fan on Twitter, you’ve seen these tweets from the Scott Franzke/Larry Anderson parody account every time Juan Nicasio comes into a game. After a horrendous 6.75 ERA in his first 10 games of the season, Nicasio turned things around in his second stint with Philadelphia. In his final 11.1 innings, Nicasio had a 2.38 ERA and allowed zero home runs.
Adam Morgan: B-
Adam Morgan was one of the Phillies best relievers before he got hurt. He’ll be back next season as a lefty specialist late in games.
Edgar Garcia: D-
Edgar Garcia wasn’t ready for the big leagues, and unfortunately, he was often the sacrificial lamb when games got away.
Mike Morin: C-
If you take out the three games when he allowed four runs in each outing, Mike Morin wasn’t a bad addition. If you take out those three games he had a 2.57 ERA, but he had those three games and they blew up on him.