Between Joe Girardi and Baseball Ross, the Phillies could solve their bullpen problems from last season. It looks like the Phillies Front Office is looking at free agent Yankees reliever Dellin Betances who pitched for Girardi with the Yankees and I am a big fan of another reliever, an overlooked 2019 Phillies minor leaguer, Conner Brogdon.
The New York Post is reporting that the Phillies are hot on the trail of formerly one of the best relievers in baseball, Dellin Betances. Betances is coming off an injury plagued season with the Bronx Bombers. If he could return to his former self, he would fill the big hole that was in the Phillies bullpen last season. From 2014 to 2018 he was a top reliever in baseball. Read about Betances, HERE.
I still can not figure out why the Phillies Front Office did not call up Brogdon for the September roster expansion. He sure earned it by allowing only one earned run for a 0.79 over his last 11.1 innings giving up only four hits and striking out 15 at AAA. However, the Front Office was not impressed enough to add him to the 40-man roster and a deserved September call-up. Read about Brogdon, HERE.
The Phillies bullpen could sure have used the help down the stretch from a guy like Brogdon. He finished the season at Lehigh Valley with two saves and a win in his final three relief appearances. In those games, he pitched four shutout innings allowing only two hits and striking out five.
We were fortunate enough to watch Brogdon pitch the early part of last season out of the bullpen for the Clearwater Threshers before his call up to Reading and eventually finishing the season with Lehigh Valley. What I will remember was him lighting up the Threshers scoreboard with 96 MPH fastballs. He excelled at all levels where he pitched last season.
Unfortunately, Brogdon did not get a chance to pitch at the final level. With controlling owner John Middleton likely keeping a welcomed closer eye on the Front Office, this season should be different. We can only hope!