The AA Phillies starter David Parkinson struck out eight in four innings and Zach Warren struck out two more in one inning of work in the fifth inning to lead the Phillies AA team to a 5-2 win over the Yankees AA team, Saturday morning at Ashburn Field.
Mickey Moniak scored after a double in the first inning. Later, Cornelius Randolph and Raul Rivas each added two-run homers and that was all the Phillies needed for the win. Watch Randolph’s home run HERE.
Parkinson proved that his minor league leading starter 1.45 ERA in 2018 was no fluke, as he pitched four shutout innings Saturday. He walked only one. Of his twelve outs, eight were by strikeouts. The Yankees struggled to put the ball in play off of him. He showed why he was selected as the Paul Owens Phillies Organization 2018 Pitcher of the Year. Read HERE.
It would not surprise me to see Zach Warren pitching in Philadelphia later this season at some point. He finished strong out of the Lakewood bullpen in 2018. In his last ten games in relief for the BlueClaws he struck out 29 in 12 innings. Lefties hit only .108 against him. It seems that he is only getting better.
Even though the Phillies so far have used a total of 46 different pitchers in major league spring training games, both Parkinson and Warren have yet to pitch in any of them. Only two major league spring games remain before the start of the regular season.
Watch Parkinson’s and Warren’s strikeouts from Saturday’s minor league game, HERE and HERE. They would seem to me to have shown that they have major league stuff and are ready for a chance to pitch in the big leagues sooner than later!