The Phillies just can’t find a left-handed starter. Last season lefty Ranger Suarez failed in his three starts at the big league level and has been ineffective at AAA this season.
This season Cole Irwin was given three Phillies starts earlier in this season but was found wanting and sent packing back to AAA. Now he is back but the Phillies say he will pitch out of the pen behind Sunday’s starter Vince Velasquez.
The Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2018, David Parkinson, has been just “ordinary” at the Reading this season, especially after suffering a loss on Saturday night.
Now, it looks like JoJo Romero is getting ready to throw his cap into the lefty ring. After a disastrous start at AAA and even AA this season, Romero pitched a three-hit, eight strikeout, seven inning shutout against Harrisburg on Friday night. Read HERE.
While Romero is getting back into the lefty picture at AA, we all thought Damon Jones at Clearwater would get a shot at Reading sooner than later but he has not pitched since June 7th and was a no-show in the lineup in last night’s Florida State League All-Star game. Jones leads the FSL in ERA and strikeouts at mid-season.
Update on Damon Jones:
Today, Jones made his Eastern League debut with Reading against Harrisburg. In six innings of work, he allowed only one hit, one run and one walk while striking out 12. He left with the score tied 1-1. Watch his 12th strikeout HERE.
I think the Phillies have just found their left-handed starter of the future!
Only the many experts in the Phillies Front Office know for sure who will be the Phillies left-handed starter of the future and they are not talking.