The Philadelphia Phillies look to bolster their starting rotation, as they have brought up right-handed pitcher, Spencer Howard. The Phillies have struggled in the pitching department, even with ace pitcher Aaron Nola and the addition of Zack Wheeler. However, after that their pitching is almost dismal. For example, former Cy Young winner, Jake Arrieta has not shown that he was worth the deal he was signed to. In addition, they have no reliable fourth and fifth starter in the rotation. Vince Velasquez, Nick Pivetta and Zach Eflin have not been reliable this season.
In an OTH article written by Danny Podolsky, Danny states, “Spencer Howard could be an X-Factor for the Phillies the rest of the season. As their second top prospect and 37th prospect overall, he has a ton of potential. (Alec Bohm is the Phillies top prospect.) The hope is that he’ll be able to get called up and fill in as a reliable third starter in the rotation, and possibly as an ace later in his career.” While he was in AA Howard sported a 2.35 ERA and 38 strikeouts. He only allowed nine batters to walk in his previous season in AA.
At last, we reach the moment Phillies fans have been waiting for, Howard’s debut. Howard had to face a tough Atlanta Braves lineup. In fact, he ended up finishing his outing with 4.2 innings pitched, allowing seven hits with four earned runs. Additionally, he walked one batter and struck out four. This was not the ideal start for the Phillies top prospect, however, it was only his first start of the season. In time the Phils will see how good he can be.
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