Keep an eye on young pitchers Ben Brown and Kyle Glogoski for Lakewood and Lehigh Valley’s Edgar Garcia and Reading’s JD Hammer. They continued to impress this week.
Yesterday, Ben Brown pitched 3.2 more shutout innings in relief for the BlueClaws and was only denied a save by the strict pitch count limits now in place on A-ball level Phillies minor league pitching. We have seen A-ball Phillies managers come bolting out of the dugout to pull pitchers up against pitch counts. Clearwater starter Damon Jones was pulled after 4.2 innings in two recent starts to deny him the chance for wins. Last night, Brown was denied a chance for a four inning save, all in the name of pitch count limitations.
Last night, Brown had to come out of the game when his pitch count hit 60 with two outs in the top of the ninth inning in Lakewood’s 10-0 win over West Virginia. Brown did qualify for his first hold according to the box score. Brown now has pitched 9.2 innings of shutout relief in three outings striking out 15 and walking 3.
Glogoski made his 2019 debut Wednesday night with 2.1 innings of relief striking out 6 and walking 1. He had to be pulled after striking out the second batter he faced in the top of the ninth inning with his pitch count at 44.
Hammer has been a shutdown pitcher in middle relief for the Threshers. Last night, he pitched two more shutout innings in Reading’s 9-6 win over Akron. Hammer has allowed only one earned run in 14.1 innings in eight relief appearances. He has struck out 19 and walked only three. He picked up his third hold of the season.
Garcia has emerged as the go-to guy in the Lehigh Valley bullpen. Edgar gave up three runs over his first four relief appearances to start the season. In his last eight appearances, he has allowed no-runs, no-hits while striking out 12 and walking one. Including yesterday’s save against Syracuse, he is now 2 for 2 in save situations.
Hammer and Garcia both should get chances to pitch in the Phillies pen sometime before the season ends, if they keep dominating at AA and AAA.