It was another great performance from Jose Taveras last night as he struck out nine in five innings to pick up the win against Delmarva.
His nine strikeouts moved Jose to the top of the South Atlantic League strikeout leader board for the season with 140.
Overall, Taveras is third in strikeouts in all of minor league baseball of pitchers with the same team all season.
The 22-year-old was almost an after thought by the so-called experts in the Phillies minor league department when the season started. He was a three inning reliever for the first five games of the season before added to the Lakewood starting rotation.
He has struck out 140 and walked only 20 in 124.1 innings for an outstanding 6 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio.
This season his signature game was back on June 25th when he struck out 15 in eight innings against Greenville.
The big 6’4, 210 lb. right-hander has come into his own over his last three starts going 3-0 in 19 innings allowing only one run, nine hits and striking out 22.
We watched Jose from the beginning this season when he struck out the side in his one inning against the Canadian National Junior team in the first spring training game. Watch a strikeout from that game HERE.
Later in spring training Jose retired in order three Phillies just sent down from the major league camp. Watch the expression on Darnell Sweeney’s face as Taveras struck him out HERE.
HERE is a video of Taveras’s 15th strikeout in the game against Greenville.
With Lakewood now in a position to make the SAL playoffs, Look for Taveras to be the likely No. 1 starter for the post season.