We have blogged extensively about starting pitching in the Phillies minor league system. We have even posted features on left handed starter prospects. It seems that it is only a matter of time before some of them pitch in the Phillies starting rotation.
We were cheering from the rafters at Spectrum Field in spring training when, one of the best minor league pitchers in baseball last season, Spencer Howard, was allowed to pitch his one and only inning in relief in a Phillies Grapefruit league game back on March 10th. Florida spring training was shutdown two days later never to resume.
We were in our seats behind the left handed batters box last season to watch some of the best starting pitching we have seen in our eight years of watching Clearwater Threshers baseball. We saw early season starts by Spencer Howard, Ethan Evanko, Damon Jones, Kyle Young and Connor Seabold. In the second half we were impressed with starts by Ethan Lindow, Colton Eastman, James McArthur and Kyle Glogoski. Jack Perkins pitched in late Clearwater starts but was stronger in a Fall Instructs game.
McArthur was one of the best pitchers in the Florida State League in August. The big 6’7″ 230 lbs., 23 year-old pitched in 5 starts to a 3-1 record with a 1.40 ERA in the final month of the season.
Watch most of the top Phillies minor league starters pitch in an earlier blog, HERE. Watch McArthur in a late season Threshers start and Perkins in a Fall Instructs start below:
No doubt about it that the Phillies sent numerous potential MLB starting pitching prospects through Clearwater last season. Now, it is only a matter of time before watching some of them get a chance to pitch in the Phillies starting rotation.