2012 Player Reviews

Phillies Player Review: Jeremy Horst


Jeremy Horst came to the Phillies via the Wilson Valdez trade with Cincinnati, and wasn’t really expected to contribute all that much in 2012–but to the surprise of almost everyone, he ended up having an outstanding season for the Phils out of the bullpen.

He was down in the minors until June 28 when he and Brian Sanches were called up after Chad Qualls was designated for assignment and Joe Savery was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Even though he wasn’t with the big league club until the end of June, he tossed 31.1 innings, and posted a team-best ERA of just 1.15. And if you like advanced stats, he posted an FIP of 2.39 which was good for second on the team among relievers. He had a career-high strikeout rate (11.5 K/9), and an ‘OK’ walk rate (4 BB/9)–and together that have him a 2.9 K/BB ratio. He held opposing batters to a .191 average, which was a career-best.

Another thing he did well was keeping his opposing HR rate down. His opposing HR rate (0.3 HR/9) was the lowest in the Phils bullpen among guys that threw at least 15 innings.

Overall, Horst’s 2012 was a pleasant surprise for the Phillies. The Wilson Valdez trade is looking like a great move and a steal by Ruben Amaro Jr.

Horst may be that 8th inning guy the Phillies need to get to Jonathan Papelbon. Antonio Bastardo was up and down all year, and I think Horst could really challenge him for the set-up man role next year.

Grade: A … In a season where the Phillies bullpen was possibly their weakest part of the team, Horst did exceptionally well, especially for a guy they got in a trade for Wilson Valdez.

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  1. DCmikey

    October 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Totally agree w the excellent write up as grade.

    A+ bc he was traded for Valdez. I remember people complaining that we got rid of ??.231?? Hitting Valdez. HAAA.

    like this young man. Speaking of which, how old is he?

    I love our core of young arms.

  2. Ryne Duren

    October 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

    jonathan good article! i like horst alot he’s got good stuff ! we got him for the great valdez. just imagine what we could get for the multi talented mini mart!

    • chuck schreiber

      October 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      An old sweaty Jock strap maybe if we throw in a draft choice?????

  3. Bob D

    October 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    With Horst, Diekman, Bastardo, and Valdes the team has some good left handed relievers.

    Horst was solid all year and should have an inside track for a spot at least for lefty specialist. As for 8th inning guy – not sure yet. Aumont and an improved Bastardo have inside track right now and I could forsee a reunion with Madson for a year.


    October 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Horst was a real surprise. I hope he continues to impress.

  5. Lefty

    October 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I still laugh about how RA Jr. said the Horst trade was “foolish” after the Mini Mart injury. It turned out to be one of his best moves this season.


  6. George

    October 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Amaro may only have been refering to giving up Valdez, and may have said the same thing if the trade had been for someone else.

    I do wonder, though, if Horst saw that comment and tried his best to prove Amaro wrong.

    My own opinion is that anytime you can trade a poor-hitting utility infielder on the wrong side of his prime for a lefty pitcher who actually still has an arm, you’re doing well, and Amaro probably is still tasting his foot.

    • Lefty

      October 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      I think the reason I find the irony of it so humorous is that I have the same problem with my own foot. (way too often) IMO- He knew the trade was the right thing to do when he did it, he just doubted himself later out loud. Interesting theory on Horst, who knows, it’s possible.

      • lou possehl

        October 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm

        Psyched-out strategy for ’13:

        1. Tell Horst that his being here is a foolish mistake.
        2. Tell Kendrick that he stinks.
        3 (possible). Get Victorino back and tell him he really looked sharp in a Dodger uniform.

        After that, all else is incidental, such as addressing lack of RH hitting, CF and 3B.

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