It’s always the best to have a good righty-lefty starting pitching combination developing in a team’s minor league system. And the Phillies have one in 24-year-old, right-hander Ben Lively at AAA and 21-year-old, left-hander Elniery Garcia at A+.
Last night Lively won his second game for Lehigh Valley since being called-up from Reading to go 9-0 and 2-0 at AAA.
Garcia won Friday night for the Clearwater Threshers to go 5-2 at high A.
When put together the two have combined for one of the highest right/left winning records for pitchers of any organization at the minor league baseball level. Combined they have 14 wins and 2 losses this season.
Lively has a 2.00 ERA in 72 innings between AA and AAA to go with 3-1 strikeout to walk ratio. Batters are hitting .180 off of him with a 0.92 WHIP.
Garcia has a 2.19 ERA in 52.2 innings at A+ with a 3-1 strikeout to walk ration. Batters are hitting .208 off of him with a 1.03 WHIP.
Lively pitched a two-hit shutout over six innings last night in a rain shorten game. Read HERE.
Friday night Garcia gave up two runs in the first inning and then went on to shutdown the Jupiter Hammerheads over the next 4.2 innings for his fifth win of the season.
With the minor league season now about 40 percent complete, Lively and Garcia have put up amazing numbers. They have become the top right-handed and left-handed starting pitching prospects in the Phillies minor league system.