If you are a true Phillies fan, you already know they have not had a left handed pitcher start a game since Adam Morgan did it back in September of 2016. And you know the only Phillies starting pitcher who was drafted by them is Aaron Nola. Not much for the minor league department to write home about!
It has become a cottage industry among us to figure out who will be the next left hander to start a game for the Phillies.
The Phillies farm system is loaded with lefty starters at all level. Each level currently has at least two southpaws in each of its starting rotations.
The problem is the one lefty starter, with the best numbers in the Phillies system who has started from the beginning of the season, is Will Stewart. But he has not pitched above low A and is now in his fourth season in the Phillies system. His clock is ticking though he will turn only 21-years of age in July.
Thanks to the fact that Lakewood home games are now available on MiLB-TV, we were able to watch Will pitch an eight inning gem last night. He pitched a six-hit shutout, striking out six to raise his record to 4-0. He did it against the Yankees farm team visiting from Charleston S.C. Watch his final strikeout HERE.
Will was brilliant last night by pounding the strike zone, keeping the ball down and pitching ahead in the count.. He struck out six, walked one, threw only 82 pitches-60 for strikes and had 11 ground outs compared to only 2 fly outs. What more does the minor league department want?
Well, we want Stewart in High A Clearwater ASAP!. Yesterday, one of the Threshers lefty starters Mackenzie Mills did not retire any of six batters he face in the second inning against the Lakeland Fly Tigers. He is now 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA so far this season with the Threshers.
Come on you “experts” in the minor league department! “Promote Will Stewart Now!” He is doing it the old fashion way. “He has earned it!”