The Phillies have gone a long time since a left-handed pitcher started a game for them. Not since Adam Morgan started a game on September 28th of 2016 did the Phillies have a southpaw start a major league game. Read HERE.
At some point this is about to change. I have come up with three lefties who should move up quickly in the Phillies system in 2018. But all of them only started in A ball last season. Still the Phillies did move up two right handed starters, Jose Taveras and Jacob Waguespack, from high A ball to AA and then to AAA last season.
The top left-handed starter in the system is Jo Jo Romero. In his ten starts for Clearwater last season, the 21-year-old went 5-2 with a 2.24 ERA. He pitched a six inning, one hitter, striking out nine against the Dunedin Blue Jays on July 8th, watch HERE. This came after a ten strikeout, 6.1 inning FSL debut six days earlier against the Yankees. Watch HERE.
Nick Fanti had a special season for Lakewood. The lefty pitched an 8.2 inning no-hitter in May and then followed that up with a nine inning no-hitter in July where he struck out 12. Fanti turns 21-years-old December 30th. Watch HERE and HERE. He finished the season with 21 starts for the BlueClaws going 9-2 with a 2.54 ERA averaging a strikeout an inning.
The final Phillies lefty starter that caught my attention in the full season minor leagues in 2017 was MacKenzie Mills. He turned 22-years-old earlier this month. He made only three starts for the Threshers after being acquired at the trade deadline in the Howie Kendrick deal. Watch HERE his final start where he struck out 7 in 4.2 innings including Tim Tebow twice.
He pitched several gems in the Washington National organization for Hagerstown in the Sally League earlier in 2017 where he went 12-2 averaging better than a strikeout an inning.
Unless they make a deal, Romero, Fanti or Mills are the most likely pitchers to break the long Phillies streak of not having a left-handed pitcher start a MLB game for them.