RHP Justin De Fratus (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)
Position: Relief pitcher
Prospect Level: Major league pitcher.
2012 Major League Stats: 13 games , 0-0, 3.38 ERA, 10.2 IP, 8 K.
2012 Minor League Stats: 17 games, 0-1, 2.49 ERA, 21,2 IP, 22 K.
Season in Review: Right-hander Justin De Fratus was supposed to be an important piece in the 2012 Phillies bullpen but a thumb injury sidelined him for much of the season.
DeFratus spent the month of August playing with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. In 17 games, the California native went 0-1 with a 2.49 ERA.
The right-hander only gave up six earned runs in his 21.2 innings in Lehigh Valley. He also converted three save attempts.
De Fratus was brought up by the big club during September call-ups.
In limited action, De Fratus surrendered four earned runs in only 10.2 innings in Philadelphia. He did strike out eight batters but failed to register a decision.
De Fratus throws a mid-90s fastball and likes to keep the ball down. The 2007 11th round pick also possesses a solid slider and changeup.
The Ventura College product started off his campaign in Philadelphia pitching extremely well. De Fratus didn’t surrender an earned run until his 8th appearance against the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 22. He only gave up four totals runs during his month-long stay with the Phillies.
De Fratus didn’t give up a single long ball and only gave up multiple hits in an appearance twice. Those outings came against the Braves on Sept. 22 and the Nationals on Sept. 26.
In that Sept. 26 outing against Washington, De Fratus surrendered three of the total four earned runs that he gave up all of September.
With an injury-shortened season behind him, De Fratus should have a spot in the 2013 Phillies bullpen and will look to build on the success that he had this past September.