Those of us who follow the Phillies get tired of hearing about the same old pitching prospect names bandied about in the media such as Sixto Sanchez and Adonis Medina. Sanchez will get a chance to show what he can do in the Arizona Fall League and likewise for Medina in the Florida State League playoffs.
Let’s take a look at pitchers rarely mentioned in the press but still deserving of some hype. Last night it was Cole Irvin and Mauricio Llovera who dominated for Lehigh Valley and Clearwater. Tonight, Tyler Viza and Spencer Howard will take to the hill for Reading and Lakewood.
Irvin now has the best record in AAA at 14-4 after getting the win on a three-hit, six-inning shutout. In his last four starts he has gone 4-0 and allowed only one earned run in 26.1 innings. All this guy has done this season is lead all of AAA in wins, WHIP and is second in ERA.
Llovera has done much the same for the Threshers. Last night, he picked up his fourth straight win by allowing only one run in six innings and striking out nine. He has struck out 30 and walked only 5 in 25 innings in those starts. He is fourth in strikeouts and second in WHIP is all of high A.
Tonight, Tyler Viza attempts to add to his great second half for Reading. In his last start he pitched a three-hit, seven inning shutout. In his ten starts since coming out of the pen to begin July, he has pitched to a 2.18 ERA going 3-1.
Also tonight for Lakewood, Spencer Howard takes to the mound. All he has done is go 6-1 in his last ten starts with a 1.99 ERA striking out 72 in 54.1 innings.
Surprise! Surprise! the Phillies do have other starting pitching prospects at all levels other than Sanchez and Medina!