We might never know why one pitcher is promoted over another to the major leagues but we usually have a good idea. The Phillies have a 24-year-old left-handed starter Cole Irvin at AAA. He has compiled a 10-3 record with a 2.77 ERA in 21 starts for the IronPigs this season.. He is first in all of AAA in WHIP and tied for fourth in wins with 10. Read HERE
Most of us thought Cole would be the first lefty to start for the Phillies since Adam Morgan did it back in late September of 2o16, It was not to be as lefty Ranger Suarez made his MLB debut to start back on July 26th. He managed to picked up a win in the game against the Reds but allowed five runs on eight hits resulting in a 7.29 ERA.
Suarez was already on the 40-man roster. He had to be protected from the December, 2017, Rule 5 Draft. Simply put, Ranger was eligible for the Draft because he had at least five years of pro ball experience. He will turn 23-years-old on August 27th. He was signed as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela back on April 1st of 2012 by the Phillies.
On the other hand, as a 24-year-old former college pitcher, Irvin needs to be added to the 40-man roster if he is called-up to the Phillies. He is in his third season in the Phillies system and does not yet need Rule Five protection. He was a fifth-round draft pick in 2016 out of the University of Oregon. The Phillies have only 22 Americans currently on its 40-man-roster.
Irvin is scheduled to start for the IronPigs, Tuesday, against the Indianapolis Indians. No matter how well he pitches, it is highly unlikely he will start for the Phillies this year. Even if he deserves it, when rosters are expanded in September. Merit does not matter!