We are getting tired of watching Vince Velasquez try to be a starting pitcher. After last night’s home run by Velasquez, he looks more like a potential bat off the bench than a starting pitcher. He is yet another failed Phillies starting pitcher who gets chance after chance.
If not Velasquez, then who is a fifth starter candidate? We spent April watching Spencer Howard dominate the Florida State League before being shut down the end of April. Then in May and June we watched Damon Jones dominate the FSL. He is now dominating the Eastern League after his call up to Reading two starts ago.
This week, Howard returned to the mound rehabbing in the Gulf Coast League where he pitched a three inning, no-run start with five strikeouts. Last Sunday, Jones pitched a six s inning start allowing only two hits for the Fightin Phils.
Jones is slated to take to the hill tonight in Reading. It will be the most important start of his Phillies minor league career. So far he has completely dominated the Eastern League in his two starts. In 12 innings he has allowed only one run on three hits, walked four and struck out 19.
You would think he would be at AAA or even in the MLB by now, but no! We keep getting to watch the likes of Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez struggle in the Phillies starting rotation without either of them even getting close to quality starts.
Tonight in Reading could be the most important night in the Phillies season with Damon Jones on the mound. He could be the answer to the Phillies starting pitching problem.
Watch below Jones and Howard dominate in games for Clearwater earlier this season. Also watch Jones pitch in his final home start for Clearwater in the previous post. See HERE.