The Philadelphia Phillies have announced starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd will be skipped over in his final start of the season, as the 25-year old Triple-A call-up is suffering from a fatigued arm.
Cloyd was brought up when the Phillies placed Vance Worley on the disabled list for the remainder of the year, and he saw action in six starts.
Cloyd went 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA, and other than the fact that he gave up a slew of long balls (2.2 HR/9), his numbers were pretty good – he allowed just 1.9 walks per nine innings, recorded a strikeout rate of 8.2 for a very impressive 4.29 strikeout to walk ratio, and his WHIP of 1.212 was solid enough.
It may or may not have been enough for Cloyd to make the team in 2013 but at least the team did get to see Cloyd pitch in a relatively low-pressure environment where he could still gain major league experience. And Cloyd has thrown over 200 innings this season between three levels of professional baseball, going 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts at Double-A, 12-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 22 starts at Triple-A, and then 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA in the majors.
The Phillies will be calling up Triple-A starter Tyson Brummett from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to make Cloyd’s start on Tuesday. Brummett was 4-6 with a 3.62 ERA for the IronPigs, recording solid numbers in 72 innings (8.4 H/9, 0.2 HR/9, 8.1 K/9, and a 2.41 strikeout to walk ratio). For the 2012 campaign, he was 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 90 innings between two levels, and now he will be making his major league debut against the Washington Nationals.