For a major league team that has not started a left- handed pitcher since September 28th of 2016, yesterday was just the opposite: all the three Phillies farm teams in action started left-handed pitchers.
They all pitched shutout ball. Cole Irvin pitched six innings of six-hit ball for Lehigh Valley. Bailey Falter threw five innings of four-hit ball for Clearwater and Kyle Young made his 2018 debut for Lakewood with five shutout innings. Combined the three lefties pitched 16 no-run innings allowing 15 hits, walking only one and striking out 14.
The other lefty starter who has pitched well has been Will Stewart for Lakewood. In last two starts he has pitched two shutouts. In 14 innings he allowed only 11 hits, walked two and struck out 13.
On the season Irvin is 4-1, 2.81 ERA, Falter, 4-0, 1.60 ERA and Stewart, 4-0, 1.26 ERA. With Young’s win added they are now an amazing 13-1 after Saturday’s action.
Since the major league team has not started a left-handed pitcher in over 200 games, one would expect these four guys to be the most likely starters to be move up soon in the Phillies system with Irwin getting the call to the Show at some point this season.