Player Notebooks

Alexi Amarista

Height/Weight: 5′ 6″ / 160 pounds
Bats/Throws: L/R
Born: April 6, 1989

Acquired: Signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent on March 26, 2018.

2017: Hit his third career pinch-hit home run on 4/29 at Arizona, snapping a streak of 251 at-bats without a HR… Tied a career high with four RBI on 5/19 at Cincinnati… Played in 29 games in April/May, hitting .338-2-14 (23-68) with 12 runs scored and six doubles… Made first career postseason appearance in NL Wild Card Game vs. Arizona, recording a pinch-hit, RBI-single… Appeared in 15 games with Caribes de Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League and hit .268-2-7 (15-56)

2016: Played in 65 games for San Diego and made 31 starts (15 at 2b, 7 at SS, 4 at 3b, 3 at LF, 2 in RF)… committed just two errors as a starter…Hit .275 (33-120) vs. RHP… Hit .364-0-11 (8-for-22) with RISP… Hit .288 (15-52) over 20-G span from 7/29-10/1… Missed a combined 57 games over two s nts on DL: 4/23 (retroac ve to 4/20) with a right hamstring strain, missing 28 games; August 2 with a left hamstring strain, missing 29 games.

2015: Made fourth-straight Opening Day roster and third-straight for SD.. started 87 games…On 6/17 at Oakland made pro debut as a pitcher in the eighth inning, recording final out of the inning on his second pitch to Billy Burns (stranding two runners)…Became the fifth player in MLB since 1974 to hit a home run in a game before pitching in the same game… Hit .275 (19-69) with RISP.

2014: Played in a career-high 148 games with 119 starts… set career-highs in runs (39), hits (101), RBI (40) and stolen bases (12)…Started 68 of final 79 games at SS from 7/1 on… Hit .455 (5-11) with the bases loaded.

2013: Hit .316 (24-76) with RISP, the third-best mark by a Padre in 2013 (min. 20 AB)…also hit .324 (11-34) with RISP and two outs, the second-best mark by a Padre in 2013 (min. 10 AB).

2012: Made first career Opening Day roster for Los Angeles Angels, making just one appearance as a pinch-runner on Opening Day, 4/6 vs. Kansas City… Collected a career-high five hits on 9/2 at Colorado… Hit his first career home run on 6/28 at Houston, a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth in a Padres’ 7-3 win… fifth Padre in team history to hit a grand slam for his first home run…Two games later, had his first career multi-homer game on 6/30 at Colorado, collecting a career-high-tying four RBI.

2011: Made MLB debut 4/26 vs. Oakland… hit a two-run double in first career at-bat.

2010: Split season between three levels.

2009: Honored as Angels’ Minor League Player of Year… Led Midwest League by hitting .319 (152-477)

Harold Arauz

Height/Weight: 6-2/185 lbs
Bats/Throws: R/R
Born: March 29, 1995 in Chiriquí, Panama

Acquired: Acquired from HOU with RHP Mark Appel, RHP Vince Velasquez, LHP Brett Oberholtzer and RHP TomEshelman for RHP Ken Giles and IF Jonathan Arauz, 12/12/15

2017: Began the season in Extended Spring Training before being assigned to Lakewood (A) on April 28…Made 8 appearances for the BlueClaws and was sent toClearwater (A+) on May 16…In six starts with the Threshers, he was 2-3 with a 2.80 ERA…In 14 relief appearances, he was 2-1 with a 1.26 ERA…Lefties hit .185 against Arauz while righties batted .185.

NO-HITTER NOTES: (7.0 IP, BB, career-high 10 SO) Was the only no-hitter in the Florida State League last season…Prior to the no-hitter, he had thrown just one complete game in his career…58 of his 76 total pitches were strikes and he retired the first 19 batters he faced before issuing a one-out walkin the seventh for the Miracle’s only baserunner.

2016: Named the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Weekfor the week of May 23-29 while pitching with Lakewood…Was on the DL from July 1-August 3 with a right elbow strain, which included a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Phillies (R)…Surrendered 2 ER or less in each of his last six starts upon returning to Lakewood for the final month of the season (1.30 ERA, 5 ER in 34.2 IP)…Made the lone postseason start of his career on September 16 against the Rome Braves, suffering the loss over 4.1 innings in the final game of the South Atlantic League Championship Series.

2015: Spent the entire season in the New York-Penn League (A-) with Tri-City, his final one with the Astros organization…His ERA went from 1.88 in 5 relief appearances to 7.23 over 10 starts (0-5 record)…Still finished the season with 52 strikeouts in 51.2 innings.

2014: Pitched most of his first season in the United States with the GCL Astros (R), finishing second in the Gulf Coast League with 53 strikeouts in just 40.2 innings…Only made 3 appearances with Greeneville (A-) at the end of the season, but still won the Appalachian League’s Pitcher of the Week Award on August 25 after striking out 11 over 9.2 scoreless innings in two games.

2013: Spent his second season with the DSL Astros (R)…Finished 2nd in the DSL in WHIP (0.89)…Posted the fewest baserunners/9.0 IP among all DSL starters (7.27).

2012: Began his pro career with the Dominican Summer League Astros (R)…Allowed 5 ER in 1.2 IP in his final appearance, but posted a 1.38 ERA over his first 7 professional games (2 ER,13.0 IP).

Personal & Miscellaneous: Harold Osvaldo Arauz was originally signed by the Houston Astros as an amateur free agent on July 12, 2011 at the age of 16.

Trevor Bettencourt

Height/Weight: 6-0/195 lbs
Bats/Throws: R/R
Born: July 21, 1994 in San Jose, CA

Acquired: Selected by the Phillies in the 25th round of the 2016 June draft out of UC Santa Barbara

2017: South Atlantic League Midseason All-StarPitched in 25 games with Lakewood (A), compiling a 3-2 record and a 3.28 ERA with 8 saves on 11 tries…Allowed just one home run and had 55 strikeouts to 5 walks in 35.2 innings pitched…Didn’t allow a run for 17.0 innings during an 11-game stretch from April 11-May 30…On May 6, struck out the only batter he faced to combine with Nick Fanti on a 9-inning no-hitter in a 1-0 win against the Columbia Fireflies…Missed close to two weeks with a left oblique strain from April 16-28…Assigned to Clearwater (A+) on July 12 for the rest of the season and went 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in 16 games, adding two saves…The Florida State League batted just .157 against him (13 hits allowed in 23.0 innings)…Didn’t allow a run in 12.0 innings pitched across 8 road games…15 of his 41 appearances during the season were for 2.0 innings or more…Went to the Arizona Fall League after the season and had a 10.13 ERA in 8 games, pitching just 8.0 innings for the Glendale Desert Dogs.

2016: Pitched in just two games as a rookie with the Williamsport Crosscutters (A-).

Personal & Miscellaneous: Trevor Thomas Bettencourt red-shirted during his first season at UC Santa Barbara in 2015 before pitching in 24 games during his final season as a junior in 2016…Went 4-2 with a 3.43 ERA, walking 21 and striking out 46 over 42.0 innings pitched…Had a stretch where he allowed just one earned run over 21.0 innings in 13 appearances from March 1-May 3…Stranded 11 of 18 inherited runners during the season and had six games where he threw 3.0+ innings…Had his best outing in his lone appearance at the College World Series when he threw 5.0 shutout innings of relief against Arizona, allowing just one hit while striking out seven.Spent his first two collegiate seasons at the University of Tennessee in 2013 & 2014 under Head Coach Dave Serrano…Earned a save in his first game with the Vols, throwing the last 3.0 innings in a win against UNLV…Led the team with three saves as a freshman in 2013…Helped Tennessee reach the SEC Tournament for the first time in six seasons during his sophomore year, when he went 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA and two saves in 20 games.Played second and third base at St. Francis High School (CA), as well as water polo.

Garrett Cleavinger

Height/Weight: 6-1/210 lbs
Bats/Throws: R/L
Born: April 23, 1994 in Lawrence, KS
Acquired: Traded from Baltimore on July 29, 2017 with OF Hyun-Soo Kim and Future Considerations for RHP Jeremy Hellickson and Cash.

2017: Started the season with Bowie (AA), where he pitched to a 2.45 ERA during his first six appearances in April…Was used for more than an inning in half of his 38 appearances for the Baysox and Fightins a year ago…Posted good numbers against the Fightin Phils, allowing just 3 hits in 16 ABs (.188) with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts…Converted 4-of-8 save opportunities during the season, including the Fightins last win in Trenton in the second game of a doubleheader on September 2 at ARM & HAMMER Park…Cleavinger’s save in the 8th inning preserved a 2-0 shutout for Tyler Viza (10-10), who threw 7.0 scoreless innings and passed Drew Anderson for the team lead in wins on the second-to-last day of the season…Threw 2.0 innings in 5 of his 11 appearances with the Fightins, accumulating a 5.28 ERA during that time.

2016: Ranked as the Orioles #26 Prospect by Baseball America“The Orioles saw Cleavinger touch 97 mph in the Cape Cod League in the 2014 and they draftedhim in the third round in 2015, signing him for $500,000. He was first-team Pacific-12 Conference in 2015, going 6-2, 1.58 with 66 strikeouts over 40 innings for Oregon. Early in the college season, Cleavinger’s velocity was down at 89-92 mph, and that is mostly what the Orioles saw when he pitched at short-season Aberdeen, though they are confident there is more there. He showed a solid curveball with good depth at 75-78 mph and needs to work on his changeup. Cleavinger creates deception with a funky takeaway in his delivery that one scout felt impacts his command, but he has thrown enough strikes in the past. The deception is a key part of his overall package. While he needs some polish to that delivery, Cleavinger projects as a power lefty reliever. He should pitch in the bullpen in 2016, starting at low Class A Delmarva.Selected as a 2016 South Atlantic League (A) Midseason All-Star with Delmarva…Was named Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April after he went 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 21 strikeouts in six games…Went 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 17 games(4-for-4 on saves)for the Shorebirds before being assigned to the Frederick Keys (A+) in the Carolina League on June 23…Had a 4.82 ERA in 20 appearances, but finished with 49 SO/23 BB in 37.1 innings.

2015: Burst onto the scene as a rookie with Aberdeen (A-) in the New York-Penn League, compiling a 6-1 record with a 2.16 ERA in 19 appearances…Held opponents to a .165 average while totaling 32 SO/18 BB in 25.0 innings…Started his career bynot allowing a run in his first 12 appearances, spanning 16.0 innings.

Personal & Miscellaneous: Garrett J. Cleavinger was originally selected in the third round of the 2015 June draft by the Baltimore Orioles out of the University of Oregon…At Oregon, he was teammates with Fightins left-handed starter Cole Irvin…Left Eugene as the program’s record holder for career appearances (109) and opponents average (.165)…According to MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko, Cleavinger was originally supposed to be part of the trade that would have sent Ubaldo Jimenez to San Diego for Melvin Upton Jr, but that trade down broke down over finances and Upton ultimately ended up in Toronto.

•Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2013 and a third-team Preseason All-American before his sophomore year in 2014.

Had one of the best single seasons in Oregon history as a freshman in 2013, going 9-0 with a team-leading 1.24 ERA and two saves while striking out 57 batters in 43.2 IP…Set Oregon freshman records for appearances (37) and ERA…Held opposing hitters to a .137 batting average, the lowest single-season mark by an Oregon pitcher in school history…Nine wins were tied for the fifth most in school history, while his 37 appearances ranks second all-time…Had notable wins against #6 Oregon State, #21 Stanford (twice), and South Dakota State at the NCAA Tournament Regional.Pitched with the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League in 2013 & 2014…Won a Kansas State Championship at Lawrence High School in 2009, 1stTeam All-State as a senior in 2012…Named the starting pitcher for the East in the Kansas All-State All-Star Game…His uncle, Matt McWilliams, pitched in the Atlanta Braves organization for one season with the Eugene Emeralds in 1995.

Seranthony Dominguez

  • On Phillies 40-man roster.

Height/Weight: 6-1/185lbs
Bats/Throws: R/R
Born: November 25, 1994 in Esperanza, DR
Acquired: Signed by the Phillies as a non-drafted free agent on May 31, 2012.

2017: Named the Florida State League’s #13 prospect by Baseball America after the season Was a FSL Midseason All-Starwith Clearwater (A+), finishing the season 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 15 games (13 starts)…Allowed just 51 hits in 62.1 innings, with 75 SO/30 BB…Went 3-0 in his first seven starts, but didn’t pitch between May 13 and July 10 with a right shoulder injury…Made two rehab starts in the Gulf Coast League before returning to Clearwater on July 21…Lost his next three decisions and only pitched 5+ innings twice in his last eight appearances for the Threshers…Pitched in seven games with the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League after the season.

2016: Didn’t pitch in his first game until June 19 with Williamsport (A-), where he went 1-1 in three starts before being assigned to Lakewood (A) for the rest of the season…In 10 starts, allowed 1 ER or less 7 times, and he didn’t allow an earned run in his lastfour starts over 21.0 innings…Finished the regular season with the BlueClaws 5-2 with a 2.42 ERA…Made the only postseason start of his career in Game 2 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series, taking the loss against Rome (4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 SO) *Lost series 3-1

2014 and 2015: Appeared in just 16 games (1 start) with the GCL Phillies (R), pitching just 33.2 innings over the course of two full seasons.

2012 & 2013: Spent the first two years of his career in the Dominican Summer League (R), putting together a 2-year statline of 8-10, 3.20 ERA in 29 games (25 starts)…In 143.1 innings, only allowed 6 HRs with 98 SO/56 BB…Allowed 2 ER or less 15 times in his 25 DSL starts.

Personal & Miscellaneous: MLB Pipeline had this to say about Seranthony Ambioris Dominguez: “Dominguez has always had arm strength, but now is starting to increase his overall pitchability to make him a much more intriguing pitching prospect. He’s topped out at 97-98 mph this season [2017] and sits, as a starter, very comfortably in the 93-94 mph range. His secondary stuff continues to improve, with a breaking ball that will flash above-average at times. He also has some feel for a potentially average changeup.”

Edgar Garcia

Height/Weight: 6-1/180lbs
Bats/Throws: R/R
Born: October 4, 1996 in Palenque, DR
Acquired: Signed by the Phillies as a non-drafted free agent on May 29, 2014

2017: Pitched the entire season in Clearwater (A+), where he went 3-4 with a 4.47 ERA in 27 games (15 starts)…In 88.2 innings, allowed 10 home runs with 89 SO/31 BB…Had his best start on July 26 against Daytona (Reds), when he threw a career-high 6.2 scoreless innings in a 3-0 shutout for his final decision of the season…Spent 9 days on the Disabled List from August 8-17…Appeared in 8 games with the Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League after the season and allowed 8 ER on 12 hits in just 6.2 innings.

2016: Ranked as the Phillies #24 prospect by Baseball America. Got off to a great start in Lakewood (A), where he posted a 1.35 ERA in his first 13 South Atlantic League games (4 ER in 26.2 innings)…Went 4-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 27 games (4 starts), with 10 of those outings being scoreless appearances of 2.0 innings or more…Came out of the bullpen for two playoff games against Rome, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings with just one hit allowed…Pitched in the Florida Instructional League after the season.

2015: Didn’t make his first appearance in the Gulf Coast League until June 25, when he worked 3.0 scoreless innings for the win in relief against the GCL Pirates…Had a 2.52 ERA in 10 relief appearances, and allowed just 16 hits in 25.0 innings while striking out 26…Overall, righties hitjust .175 against him and he only allowed 2 hits in 30 ABs (.067) with runners in scoring position.

2014: Made his professional debut against the DSL Yankees 2 (R) and surrendered two earned runs on three hits in his lone inning of work…Appeared in 11more games after that to end his rookie season, and pitched to a 1.46 ERA (4 ER in 24.2 innings)…Won his only two decisions back-to back against the DSL Yankees 2 and DSL Cubs in early August.

Personal & Miscellaneous: Édgar E. García debuted at 17 years old in 2014.

Tyler Gilbert

Height/Weight: 6-3/190lbs
Bats/Throws: L/L
Born: December 22, 1993 in Santa Cruz, CA
Acquired: Selected by the Phillies in the sixth round of the 2015 June draft out of the University of Southern California.

2017: Earned the first of his three saves on April 27 in Tampa, and made just three more appearances over the next month because of a left forearm strain…Had his best month in July when he put together a 2.60 ERA in 9 games (5 ER, 18 SO in 17.1 IP)…Won his only decision on August 24 at home against Fort Myers, when he struck out 3 over 3.0 scoreless innings in an 8-5 win…Didn’t allow an earned run in his last five games over a span of 9.0 innings.

2016: Started 23 games for Lakewood (A), finishing his first full season with a 7-9 record and a 3.98 ERA…Went 0-3 in his first five starts before winning his first game on May 10 in Kannapolis…Went 3-3 in six starts from May 4-June 6, throwing six or seven innings in each start, and allowing 2 ER or less in 5 of the 6…Won back-to-back starts just once all season on May 30 in West Virginia and June 6 at home against Lexington…Allowed 3 ER or less in 17 of his 23 starts and walked just 26 batters in 131.0 innings (2nd-most in the rotation behind Jose Taveras).

2015: Pitched in 10 games (8 starts) for Williamsport (A-) as a rookie…Was 4-3 with a 2.79 ERA, allowing 42 hits in 42.0 innings with a strikeout/walk ratio of 44/6…Didn’t allow a home run all year and ended the season on a high note by allowing 2 ER or less in five of his last six starts.

Personal & Miscellaneous: Tyler Gilbert became the first Trojan to be drafted by the Phillies since Wes Rachels was taken in the 33rd round of the 1998 draft…Also became the 11th Trojan to be drafted by the Phillies since the draft began in 1965 and the 309th Trojan all-time to be drafted…In his lone season at USC, he had a 5-2 record and a 2.79 ERA (2ndon the team) in 67.2 innings of work…Gilbert appeared in 22 games (6 starts) and struck out 66 batters, the second most on the club…The junior also tallied two saves, including a big one against rival UCLA in Dodger Stadium during the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic…Was the winning pitcher in a 12-11 win to beat San Diego State and advance to the NCAA Regional Finals against Virginia…Before USC, went 9-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 2013 at Santa Barbara City College (CA)…After the season, was selected to the All-Southern California team by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association.

Franklyn Kilome

  • On 40-man roster

Height/Weight: 6-6/175lbs
Bats/Throws: R/R
Born: June 25, 1995 in La Romana, DR
Acquired: Signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on January 22, 2013

2017: Ranked as the Florida State League’s #17 prospect after the season by Baseball AmericaLeft the Florida State League ranked3rdwith a 2.59ERAbutalso led the FSL at the time of his call up to Reading with 14 wild pitches in 19 starts…Allowed 2 ER or less in 15 starts and threw 6.0 or more inningsin 9 starts withClearwater (A+)…FSL teams hit just .180 against him with runners in scoring position…Made his Double-A debut on August 10 in Altoona, where he took the loss despite retiring 9 of the last 11 Curve batters he faced…Struck out six over 5.0 innings, with 3 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks allowed…Won his first Double-A start in his third game in Bowie, firing 8.0 shutout innings (94 pitches) while allowing 3 hits and 4 walks with 5 strikeouts…Lost his last two starts on the final homestand to Harrisburg and New Hampshire (3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 walks, strikeout)…Finished the season 7-7 with a 2.83 ERA in 24 starts.

2016: Ranked as the South Atlantic League’s #8 prospect after the season by Baseball America. Posted the best SO/9.0 IP ratio among SAL starters (10.20)…Had a 2.74 ERA (32 ER in 105.0 IP) in his last 20 starts after allowing 17 ER over his first 3 starts (9.2 IP)…Allowed 3 ER or fewer in 17 straight starts from May 2-August 16…Struck out 9 or more batters five times, including a career-high 11 on August 9 at Delmarva…1-6, 5.09 ERA in 11 1st Half Starts > 4-2, 2.77 ERA in 12 2nd Half Starts…SAL teams hit just .209 with runners in scoring position…Pitched Game 1 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series, giving Lakewood (A) its only win of the series with one hit and two walks allowed over 7.0 scoreless innings, adding 9 strikeouts…Participated in the Florida Instructional League after the season.

2015: Ranked as the New York-Penn League’s #5 prospect after the season by Baseball America. Didn’t allow an earned run in four of his first seven starts…Held righties to a .212 average for the season and surrendered just 5 extra-base hits (1 home run) in 49.1 innings with Williamsport (A-)…Pitched Game 2 of the New York-Penn League Semifinals against West Virginia, twirling 5.0 scoreless innings (2 hits, 3 walks, 6 SO) to tie the series at a game apiece.

2014: Was the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week once during his rookie season in the Gulf Coast League (R)…Pitched in 11 games (8 starts) and went 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA…Allowed 1 ER or less 8 games.

Personal & Miscellaneous: Franklyn Kilomé has twice been named the Phillies #7 prospect (2016-17) and #10 prospect (2015, 2018) by Baseball America…His cumulative 2.83 ERA last season placed him amongst the top-10 for all Phillies minor league pitchers.

Luke Leftwich

Height/Weight: 6-3/205 lbs
Bats/Throws: L/R
Born:June 9, 1994 in Laguna, CA
Acquired: Selected by the Phillies in the 7th round of the 2015 June draft out of Wofford College

2017: Pitched to a 2.70 ERA in 42 games for the Threshers, ranking second on the team in appearances behind only Seth McGarry’s 44… Among Florida State League relievers, ranked among the leaders in fewest baserunners/9 IP(10.58, 1st), SO/9 IP (11, 3rd), and was 5th in both lowest batting average(.232) and lowest BB/9 IP (2.36)…Held lefties to a .183 average and turned his first half numbers (0-4, 4.00 ERA) around after the All-Star Break (1-2, 1.64 ERA)… Allowed 2 HR all season across 80.0 innings, and they both came in the same outing on June 8 in Jupiter… 26 of his 42 appearances were for 2.0+ innings, with 10 being at least 3.0 innings…Led all Threshers pitchers and all Phillies full-time minor league relievers with 98 strikeouts.

2016: South Atlantic League Midseason All-Star; 2-time Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the WeekStarted the season in Lakewood (A), where he went 7-3 with an even-2 ERA in 12 starts…Struck out 88 batters across 67.2 innings, and won his last 3 starts by working 21 straight scoreless innings prior to being called up to Clearwater (A+) on June 24…Struck out a total of 21 batters in back-to-back wins against Greenville and Asheville on April 29 and May 6, working 6.0 innings in each start…Won his High-A debut in Brevard County on June 25 for the Threshers but only won twice over his last 10 starts to end the season…Only made it through six innings twice in 11 Florida State League starts.

2015: Made 9 starts (11 games) for Williamsport (A-) as a rookie, going 2-2 with a 2.76 ERA…Allowed 1 ER or less in 8 appearances…Struck out a season-high 6 batters in just 2.2 innings of relief in his professional debut on July 1 against Auburn…Later struck out six across a season-high 6.0 innings in a win against State College.

Personal & Miscellaneous: Luke Taylor Leftwich became the sixth Wofford Terrier drafted by a Major League team in the previous nine years when he was selected by the Phillies in the 7thround of the 2015 June draft…In 14 starts during his final seasonas a junior, he was 7-2 with a 4.25 ERA, ranking 2ndin the Southern Conference and in school history with 114 strikeouts in 89.0 innings pitched…Among Southern Conference leaders, he was sixth in ERA, eighth in innings pitched, sixth in opponents batting average, and fifth in wins… For his career, he had a 13-13 record with 39 starts and 53 appearances…His ERA was 5.42 in 220.2 career innings, and he left Wofford ranked third in school history with 261 career strikeouts…Luke’s father, Phil, was a 2ndround pick of the California Angels in 1990 out of Radford University (Virginia) and made his Major League debut on July 29, 1993…In 34 career starts with the Angels, he was 9-17 with a 4.99 ERA…He pitched two seasons with the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes in the Japan Pacific League in 1998 and 1999…His grandfather, Tom Timmermann, pitched for six seasons in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers(1969–1973) and Cleveland Indians(1973–1974).

Seth McGarry

Height/Weight: 6-0/196 lbs
Bats/Throws: R/R
Born: January 5, 1994 in St. Petersburg, FL
Acquired: Acquired from the Pirates in exchange for RHP Joaquín Benoit and cash considerations on July 31, 2017

2017: Florida State League Midseason & Postseason All-Star Florida State League ranks:19 saves (T-1stwith Jeff Singer), 44 games (T-1st), 38 games finished (1st)Opened the season with a 15.1-inning scoreless streak in his first 10 games for Bradenton (A+), in which he allowed just 4 hits…Converted 14 of his 15 save opportunities…Held right-handed hitters to a .099 average (7-for-71) and opponents batted .088 (3-34) with RISP against him…Appeared in his first game with Clearwater on August 1 and went 5-for-7 on saves in 13 games with the Threshers…Posted a combined 0.99 WHIP and allowed just 2 home runs for the season between Bradenton and Clearwater…Participated in the Florida Instructional League after the season.

2016: Spent the entire season with the West Virginia Power (A) in the South Atlantic League…Struck out a season-high 5 batters in just 2.0 innings on May 28 against the Columbia Fireflies…Went 2-0 with a1.38 ERA (2 ER in 13.0 IP) over 8 games in June…Allowed just 2 ER over 12 appearances from June 2-July 17, which brought his ERA down from 4.32 to 2.93…Logged 2.0 or more innings in 20 of his 38 relief appearances…Finished second on the team with 9 saves(13 attempts)in 38 games, totaling 59 strikeouts in 59.1 innings pitched…Overall, was 4-4 with a 3.79 ERA.

2015: Pitched in 12 games as a rookie in the Pirates organization, with his first three coming as a member of the GCL Pirates (R)…Won his third career start against the GCL Yankees, throwing 5.0 scoreless innings before spending the rest of the season in West Virginia…Went 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA in nine starts for the Power, winning his final decision in his second-to-last start on August 21 in Mahoning Valley, when he allowed just 2 hits over 5.0 scoreless innings.

Personal & Miscellaneous: Seth Timothy McGarry was originally drafted by the Pirates in the 8thround of the 2015 June draft out of Florida Atlantic University…McGarry led FAU’s regular bullpenduring his junior seasonwith a 2.25 ERA in 40.0 innings, the seventh-best single-season ERA in FAU history…He also won four games and recorded five saves in 21 appearances and struck out a career-high seven batters in three inningsagainst Middle Tennessee on March 21…In 58.1 career innings as an Owl, McGarry posted a 6-2 record with five saves…He struck out 56 and held opponents to a .243 batting average during his three-year career…During his final season, the Owls went 42-19 and wereranked as high as # 12 nationally while makingtheir 11th NCAA postseason appearance…In his career against a Phillies affiliate, McGarry has only given up 18 hits in 76 at-bats for a .236 average against.

JoJo Romero

Height/Weight: 5-11/200 lbs
Bats/Throws: L/L
Born: September 9, 1996 in Camarillo, CA
Acquired: Selected by the Phillies in the 4th round of the 2016 June draft out of Yavapai CC (AZ)

2017: MiLB.com Organization All-Star; South Atlantic League Midseason All-Star. A three-time Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week, Romero finished 11th in all of Minor League Baseball with a cumulative 2.16 ERA…Began the season with Lakewood (A), where he didn’t win until his fifth start on May 3 in Charleston…Proceeded to go 5-0 over his last 9 starts in the South Atlantic League, and was later named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month in June after going 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA (26.1 IP –26 SO/1 BB) in 4 starts…Made his Clearwater (A+) debut on July 2 against Tampa and suffered the loss despite allowing just an unearned run over 6.1 innings while matching a career-high with 10 strikeouts…Won his next start on July 8 in Dunedin when he fired 6.0 scoreless innings with just one hit allowed, striking out 9…Held left-handed hitters to a .185 average (29-for-158) for the entire season…In 129.0 innings over 23 starts, gave up just 4 home runs and had a 1.09 WHIP, while totaling 128 SO (T-3rd among Phillies minor leaguers with Ranger Suarez)and just 36 BB.

2016: Made 10 starts for Williamsport (A-) after signing with the Phillies on June 22…Went 2-2 over his last six starts, pitching to a 2.56 ERA for the season after allowing 1 ER or less in 6 of his first 10 games…Pitched 5.0 or more innings in his last seven starts, although he never pitched more than six innings…Pitched in the Florida Instructional League after the season.

Personal & Miscellaneous: Joseph Abel Romero was the first pick of the fourth round in a 2016 June draft in which he was ranked the 124th best prospect on the Top-200 by MLB.com while entering Baseball America’s Top-500 at #158…Helped Yavapai Junior College (Arizona) win the 2016 Division I JUCO World Series after throwing a complete game with 15 strikeouts in a 5-2 win in the championship game against San Jacinto North (Texas)…Finished his final season as a sophomore with an 11-5 record and a 3.64 ERA, adding 129 strikeouts in over 113.0 innings…Started his college career in 2015 at the University of Nevada,pitching out of the bullpen as a freshman…He later departed the program once head coach Jay Johnson took the same position at the University of Arizona, and actually signed with the Wildcats in November of 2015…One of the reasons he stayed at the much smaller school rather than move to a bigger program in the Pac-12 was the pitching coach at Yavapai was good friends with the Phillies area scout, so they had been scouting him for the whole year…Another connection between the school and the Phillies is that Yavapai is where Ken Giles went to school when the Phillies used their 7thround pick on him in 2011.

Ranger Suarez

    • On Phillies 40-man roster
  • Height/Weight: 6-1/210 lbs
    Bats/Throws: L/L
    Born: August 26, 1995 in Pie de Cuesta, VZ
    Acquired: Signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on April 1, 2012

    2017: Started the season with Lakewood (A) and was named the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April after compiling a 0.81 ERA in 4 starts…Was a 3-time Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week throughout the season, and 7 of his 14 starts with the BlueClaws were scoreless…Didn’t allow a run over 23.1 innings between April 8 and May 4…Assigned to Clearwater (A+) on July 4, and was named both Minor League and FSL Pitcher of the Week on August 6…Didn’t allow a home run over 50.1 consecutive innings between May 30 with Lakewood and July 24 with Clearwater…Overall, went 8-7 with a 2.27 ERA in 22 starts…In 122.2 innings, walked 35 and struck out 128 while allowing just 5 home runs…Had a 1.06 WHIP and opponents hit just .215 against him.

    2016: New York-Penn League Midseason All-Star Allowed 2 ER or less in 10 of his 13 starts for Williamsport (A-), going 6-4 with a 2.81 ERA…T-4thin the New York-Penn League in wins while ranking 7th in innings pitched (73.2) and 9th in WHIP (1.15)…Threw a 7-inning no-hitter in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Auburn on July 26…Named Phillies Minor League and NYPL Pitcher of the Week on July 31.

    2015: Only pitched in six games for the GCL Phillies (R) because of a left elbow strain…Didn’t debut until June 22 but started the season by throwing 17.0 straight scoreless innings…Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month in July after going 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA in 4 starts (22.2 IP –2 ER, 13 hits, 3 walks)…Pitched in the Florida Instructional League after the season.

    2014: Spent his third straight season in the Venezuelan Summer League, leading the league in both strikeouts (78) and innings pitched (80.2)…Tied for the lead with 14 starts while also ranking amongst the Top 5 in ERA (1.56) and wins (5)…Walked just one batter the entire season…Made the lone postseason start of his career in the fourth and deciding game of the VSL Championship, taking a no decision despite throwing 8.0 innings of two-run ball in a game the VSL Tigers won 3-2.2012 & 2013:Appeared in just 11 games (1 start) without a decision during his first two seasons in the Venezuelan Summer League, logging just 22.0 innings.

    Personal & Miscellaneous: Ranger José Suárez has one daughter, Sofia, who was born earlier this year on January 23.

    Jake Waguespack

    Height/Weight: 6-6/229 lbs
    Bats/Throws: R/R
    Born: November 5, 1993 in Waco, TX
    Acquired:Signed by the Phillies as a non-drafted free agent on June 19, 2015

    2017: Went 6-5 with a 3.29 ERA in 24 games (10 starts), with one save for Clearwater (A+)…Started the season in the bullpen before moving into the rotation on May 25…In 13 games (6 starts) in May and June, combined to go 4-3 with a 2.29 ERA (10 ER in 39.1 innings)…Threw 6.0 innings for the first time in his career on July 12in a winagainst Bradenton…ERA went from 3.75 at home to 2.78 on the road…Lefties hit .274 against him while righties hit just .228…Made his first Double-A start on August 1 against Harrisburg and allowed a career-high 9 hits in a no decision…Was in line to pickup the win after striking out 8 over 7.0 innings in his next start on August 6 against Akron, but the Fightins bullpen blew the save in the ninth…Went 3-1 in his last four regular season starts, allowing 2 ER or less in three of those starts…Assigned to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on September 6 and made his Triple-A debut in Scranton’s 1-0 series-clinching win in Game 4 of the IL Governors Cup Semifinals (7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO).

    2016: Spent the entire season with Lakewood (A), going 4-2 with a 3.52 ERA and 6 savesin 43 games(T-3rd in the South Atlantic League…Allowed a home run to Natanael Delgadoon July 5 in Delmarva (Orioles), the first in 73.0 professional innings…Averaged 9.04 SO/9.0 IP (72 strikeouts in 71.2 innings pitched).

    2015: Began his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Phillies (R), pitching in four games before being assigned to Williamsport (A-) on July 21…His first 10 appearances (15.0 innings) with the Crosscutters were scoreless from July 23 to August 20…Held New York-Penn League opponents to a .132 average (9-for-68)…Had a 0.42 ERA in 15 games for Williamsport, allowing just 9 hits over 21.1 innings with 25 strikeouts.

    Personal & Miscellaneous: Jacob Daniel Waguespack was originally drafted in the 37th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 out of Dutchtown High School (Geismar, Louisiana) but did not sign…As a junior in 2015, was part of a very talented bullpen at Ole Miss, making 25 appearances while never being charged with a loss…Picked up one save, logged a 3.33 ERA, and struck out 34 batters, which was good for fourth-most on the Rebels…Pitched in just 15 games as an underclassman, making 4 starts but totaling just 27.1 innings over his first two seasons.