Been awhile since the last update here, but it still looks like a 2-man race between Chan Ho Park and J.A. Happ. I’m keeping Happ in the lead for now (only because Park has more experience in the bullpen), but Park has looked really good this spring and has been helped out by his new Jamie Moyer inspired change-up.
Another thing to keep in mind is that with Cole Hamels arm troubles (I thought if I mentioned my concerns on the blog enough, it wouldn’t actually happen. No go on reverse psychology) both Happ and Park could end up in the rotation to start the season and whoever pitches better will remain when Hamels returns.
I put Carlos Carrasco ahead of Kyle Kendrick because I’ve never seen a 20.48 H/9 rate by any pitcher at any level. And that’s not even including his poor start against team USA. Phillies.com had a good article on Carrasco’s development (and some friendly advice he got from Albert Pujols) here. It’s clear Carrasco needs to develop some confidence and that bringing him up too early could cause irreversible damage.