After pitching within the organization for 9 years, the Phillies announced today that Scott Mathieson has been released. The announcement mentioned that Mathieson had been released so he could, “pursue an opportunity with a professional team in Asia”. The 27 year old reliever is a prime example of Mike Zagurski Syndrome: a prospect that was shown to have potential but failed miserably to perform at the major league level. Mathieson was hindered by three major elbow surgeries on his throwing arm (including two Tommy John surgeries), and never really showed much for the Phillies, accumulating a 6.75 ERA in 15 games.
But, as is the circle of life, the Phillies also signed 30 year old Pat Misch to a minor league contract (according to Jayson Stark, link). Misch, who has been with the (LOL)Mets since 2009, is a starter a la Brian Bass in value (Brian Bass declared free agency a while ago, so this is most likely his replacement). He is decent in AAA, and will provide an emergency start for the Big Club if absolutely necessary. In terms of style, BeerLeaguer.com put it best: “Misch is kind of a poor man’s Jamie Moyer, though perhaps he throws a bit harder”. His fastball sits at around 85 MPH, and he has the typical changeup, slider in his arsenal. He is expected to play in Lehigh Valley, and let’s hope he stays there: if he’s called up it means someone’s hurt.
Also, Jayson Stark is reporting that infielder Kevin Frandsen has resigned to a minor league deal. Check out the blog soon to see PhightingOn’s Q&A with Frandsen.