On the surface it doesn’t appear to be a major issue short term for the Philadelphia Phillies, who can promote another young gun, like Jonathan Pettibone. What, firstly, is at Triple-A Lehigh Valley?
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Choices and Reasons:
If Roy Halladay needs surgery, it might be better to audition Adam Morgan instead of bringing back Tyler Cloyd or B.J. Rosenberg.
There are also others to consider: Ethan Martin and Jesse Biddle. The difficulty is that nobody at Triple-A Lehigh Valley has distinguished themselves, but Pettibone did not do that recently either. Since Halladay’s turn was May 5, there is no elimination for any of the five starters, but the gap between appearances may be a factor. Rube Amaro will probably exclude four to select one, and that will be my approach as well.
Martin ranks second behind Biddle in the farm system, and was part of the Shane Victorino trade. He has produced 3 consecutive clunkers, has only 1 decent outing for the year, and he needs improvement to stay at Lehigh Valley. Biddle, on the other hand, has the best numbers but they are for Double-A Reading. However, after coughing up 3 all-earned runs for 0.2 innings in his last start Saturday, he is not at the front of the list.
Cloyd and Rosenberg have pitched in Philly, which Amaro will take into consideration. Cloyd has a 2.40 ERA for his last 15 frames over 2 performances after a rocky opening to 2013. Rosenberg has a 3.74 ERA for his last 4 efforts of 21.2 innings, but he inadvertently made the rotation in Lehigh Valley. That said, Joe Savery will fill in out of ‘pen until Friday, which would be the next open turn for the staff.
By the Numbers:
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Over his first 19 frames, Morgan had a 1.42 ERA for 3 of his 6 games and a 6.89 ERA thereafter during his most recent 15.2 innings. That stated, this is his first taste of Triple-A ball but he began last season with Single-A Clearwater. If Halladay misses significant time, Morgan with 3 solid results could replace Cloyd or Rosenberg. Pettibone, on the other hand, has earned the final slot after John Lannan returns until Halladay is healthy.
The selection will depend on Halladay’s absence: Cloyd is for limited outings, and Martin will handle an extended requirement.
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