Phillies Profiles – Michael Stutes and Pete Orr

In Philadelphia Phillies on April 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

Over the next 28 days Philly Pressbox ( (@phillypressbox) will be doing a review and analysis of each Phillies player, Manager Charlie Manuel and the coaching staff leading up to Opening Day 2012.  On Day 28 we preview, Michael Stutes and Pete Orr.

Michael Stutes – Stutes was drafted out of high school in the 32nd round in 2004 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Instead of signing he chose to go to college at Oregon State University and later at Santa Clara University. He was drafted again in the 9th round, by the St. Louis Cardinals, in 2007 and again by the Phillies, in the 11th round, in 2008.

Stutes, a starting pitcher at the time, cruised through “A” ball at Williamsport and Lakewood in 2008, posting a 7-2 record with a 1.42 ERA in 13 starts. In 2009, Mike was promoted to “AA” Reading where he posted an 8-8 record with a 4.26 ERA, while starting all 27 of his games.  The decision was made for Stutes to move to the bullpen between the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He started the season at Reading before being promoted to “AAA” Lehigh Valley. He finished the combined season with a 7-1 record, a 3.42 ERA and 3 saves. All of his 53 appearances were in relief. Stutes started the 2011 season back at Lehigh Valley before getting the call after pitching in just 7 games.

The 25 year old Stutes arrived on the scene and quickly became a very important part of the Phillies bullpen. Stutes, from the right side, and fellow rookie Antonio Bastardo, from the left side, carried the 8th inning bullpen work before tiring a bit down the stretch. Stutes finished the season with a 6-2 record with a 3.63 ERA in 57 games.

Personal Analysis:

Stutes ended up in a battle to make the team coming out of spring training. He suffered some arm soreness that looked like was going to land him on the DL and not come north with the team. Apparently he has recovered and is ready to go. Stutes has been a quality pitcher throughout his career in the minor leagues and as a rookie in 2011.  It’s not clear, at this time, what role Stutes will play as one of the 12 pitchers on the roster, however, whatever role it is we expect Stutes to compete and be productive.

Pete Orr –Pete Orr has won the last roster position as a backup infielder. Pete has primarily been a 2nd baseman throughout his career although he has played 3rd base and some outfield. Pete was invited to camp as non-roster player, however, he’s another journeyman that should provide the Phils some depth until Chase Utley returns or possible until Michael Martinez returns. The 32 year old Orr has 6 years of major league experience with Atlanta, Washington and the Phillies in 2011.

Pete was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Braves in 1999. Orr made his major league debut with the Braves in 2005. He stayed with the Braves through the 2007 season bouncing back and forth to AAA. He bounced between the Nationals and AAA Syracuse in 2008-2009. He only tallied 150 major league at bats and hit .253. The Phillies signed Orr as a free agent prior to the 2011 season. Again, he split time between the Phillies and AAA Lehigh Valley. He hit .219, with 0 home runs and 4 RBI’s in 96 at bats for The Fightins. Pete is a career .254 hitter with 615 at bats.

Personal Analysis:

With Orr you know exactly what you have. He’s going to be a spot player to fill in as needed. He can step in and play every day if Freddie Galvis struggles. Galvis will have every opportunity to play and improve at the big league level. Orr will provide good defense and baserunning when called on. Overall, Orr is good guy to have on your ballclub but we don’t expect anything big from him. The downside is that he’s another left handed hitter on the bench.

The series: Day 1, Charlie Manuel. Day 2, The Coaching Staff. Day 3, Roy Halladay. Day 4, Cliff Lee. Day 5, Cole Hamels. Day 6, Vance Worley. Day 7, Joe Blanton. Day 8, Carlos “Chooch” Ruiz. Day 9, Ryan Howard. Day 10, Chase Utley. Day 11, Jimmy Rollins. Day 12, Placido Polanco. Day 13, John Mayberry, Jr. Day 14, Shane Victorino. Day 15, Hunter Pence. Day 16, Brian Schneider. Day 17, Jim Thome. Day 18, Kyle Kendrick. Day 19, Antonio Bastardo. Day 20, Ty Wigginton. Day 21, Chad Qualls. Day 22, Freddy Galvis. Day 23, David Herndon. Day 24, Juan Pierre. Day 25, Laynce Nix, Day 26, Jonathan Papelbon. Day 27, Joe Savery.

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