Last year, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Baby Aces in Clearwater looked like all five could become legitimate starting pitchers at the major league level one day. Since then, Jarred Cosart has been shipped to Houston in the deal that brought Hunter Pence to the team, and Cosart is playing well for the Double-A Corpus Christi team.
Trevor May has remained within the Phillies’ organization, where he is now the top prospect, and he, Julio Rodriguez, and Jonathan Pettibone are playing well with the Double-A Reading Phillies. Brody Colvin is the only one of the five who has not been promoted to Double-A, and he has actually struggled so much with the high-A Clearwater Threshers that he has since been demoted to the bullpen.
Colvin was rated as high as the 56th overall prospect in the game before the 2011 season and 80th before 2012, but he struggled in ’11, going 3-8 with a 4.71 ERA in 21 starts, posting a strikeout rate of just 6.0 per nine innings. He is at 3-4 with a 5.33 ERA this year with the Threshers and was removed from the starting rotation and subsequently put in the bullpen. Colvin is walking batters at a rate of 5.5 per nine innings and he is allowing over 10 hits per nine innings, with a WHIP of 1.757.
Colvin has struggled with back injuries recently, and he has had off-field issues, as he was arrested last season and also benched for failing to back up third base when an opposing hitter hit a triple. It might be too early to write Colvin off completely, but he certainly isn’t helping his case now.