Garcia and Harang a Study in Contrasts

Yesterday the starting pitchers for the A ball games really gave me pause. It shows, in my opinion, the hope and hopelessness of the Phillies organization.

You can contrast the youth, health and play of just these two players and get a sense of what is wrong with the front office’s plans.

Garcia and Harang
Elniery Garcia and Aaron Harang
garcia and harang
Elniery Garcia and Aaron Harang

Garcia is 20 and in the peak of health.   Harang will be 37 and has already two missed starts this season due to back issues. If you saw my picture from the first day of Spring Training, it’s easy to see that he did not report to camp in shape.

Aaron Harang
Aaron Harang

To me, this is the most glaring problem with the organization, they bring in a high-priced older player with obvious health issues, pay them a ton of money (for Harang it’s 5 MILLION) and then are stymied when they break down.

Contrast that with kids like Garcia, who are in great shape and developing, improving with almost every start, kids that are barely making enough money to get by.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’d rather lose games because a kid is learning how to play at a higher level where they can use the loss to improve their play than to lose because a “veteran” isn’t able to perform at a high enough level.

Garcia is in MiLB camp, which started later than MLB camp, so he hasn’t been “stretched out” as much as Harang…but if you look at their lines, it makes the problems with Harang seem glaring, like the lights of Las Vegas. Both pitched against A-ball teams.

Garcia: 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0W, 2K (both swinging)

Harang: 5IP, 7H, 3R, 0W, 5K

For me, this is what is going to make the MLB season long and arduous…and give me hope for quality minor league teams. The more I think about it, the more excited I am getting for  the minor league season to start. With some of the young players we have, Garcia, Franklyn Kilome, Aaron Nola, Roman Quinn, Dylan Cozens, Matt Imhof, Jan Hernandez, Rhys Hoskins, JP Crawford, Deivi Grullon, and Grenny Cumana we could have some contenders in the minor league system. So if you want to catch me at a game, don’t look for me at Citizens Bank Park.

 

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Day Five of Spring Training 2015

Today was one of those day where there wasn’t a lot of things that were out of the ordinary going on. Pitchers and catchers took batting practice, did drills and ran. Position players took batting practice and did fielding drills. Ryan Howard reportedly was at Brighthouse taking batting practice, but we did not make it over there Later in the afternoon, there was some workouts/long tossing by the minor leaguers that have reported early.

I think that sometimes a picture can speak more than a lot of esoteric comments on what is going on. So I present some pictures….

 

Baseball Ross snapped this pic of Tommy Joseph whom Ross said was looking good.
Baseball Ross snapped this pic of Tommy Joseph whom Ross said was looking good.
Cameron Rupp during batting practice
Cameron Rupp during batting practice
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Major League pitchers running.
I got to see new Phillie, Aaron Harang
I got to see new Phillie, Aaron Harang
Jesse Biddle
Jesse Biddle
Ray Burris offered Cameron Rupp words of encouragement
Ray Burris offered Cameron Rupp words of encouragement