The Phillies have long tradition of giving monikers to future major league starting pitching rotations in their minor league system.
If you can name the Phillies minor league “young guns” rotation of the 90’s, you are a super Phillies minor league fan. They went on to win a combined 13 major league games. Only 10 of them for the Phillies
If you can name the Phillies minor league “baby aces” rotation of earlier this decade, you are an astute Phillies minor league fan. They have won a total of 34 major league games so far. Only five of them for the Phillies.
In fact four of the nine “young guns” or “baby aces” never pitched an inning in the major leagues.
So projecting young minor league pitchers can be a hazardous profession, no matter what we might call them!
But here we go! I am going to tout the current top four starting pitchers in the Phillies minor league system who will pitch at age 22 this season. All four of them will pitch either at AA or A+ at age 22 by late June this season.
Three of them are already 22-years-of-age, Elniery Garcia, Alberto Tirado and Drew Anderson. They are on the 40-man major league roster and they have pitched in major league spring training games.
The fourth, Franklyn Kilome, turns 22 in June and could be the best of the bunch. He did not need yet to be protected on the 40-man and is headed to the minor league spring training camp.
Garcia was credited with the win in Tuesday’s game after giving up two runs, one earned in the seventh inning. He came back to retire the side in order in eight. Watch Garcia’s strikeout HERE. He has three strikeouts in four innings so far this spring.
Brock Stassi hit a three run homer in the bottom of the eight to get the win for Garcia.
Tirado has racked up two strikeouts in his two innings of work while Anderson struck out four in his two innings.
Garcia and Anderson each have given up a home run. Tirado has yet to be score on.
They all can throw in the low to mid-90’s, command the strike zone most of the time and have good off speed pitch
These four Phillies 22-year-old minor league starters look to be more successful than the “young guns” were or the “baby aces” have been at the major league level. They just might be the “real deals” when they make the Show.