There are organizations out there who adopt the credo of “up or out”, and if the Philadelphia Phillies are included, pitcher Tyler Cloyd could very well be headed on his way out.
The idea is that if a person is not showing signs of progressing, there is no reason for an organization to keep someone stagnant or falling behind. The team can count Cloyd, 26, in the latter group after the past two seasons of work.
There was once an upside to Cloyd, who was 15-1 over two minor league levels in 2011, but there can be no redeeming value for the organization in keeping him now. Cloyd’s last game as a Phillies pitcher, at least at home, probably came on Saturday night in a seven-inning, rain-shortened, loss to the New York Mets.
In 2012, Cloyd was 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA and this season, he’s now 2-5 with a 5.06 ERA. As a minor-leaguer this year, he was not any better with a 5-9 record and a 4.71 ERA for Lehigh Valley in Triple-A. For a guy who was 12-1 for that same Lehigh Valley team in 2011 with a 2.35 ERA (and 3-0 record and a 1.88 ERA in Double-A), that indicates some major slippage. Cloyd has shown no signs of returning to that form.
Since he has little trade value, the Phillies either could keep him as a fill-in minor league pitcher or let him go. With a bevy of outstanding arms coming up from Double-A Reading, including former first-round draft choice Jesse Biddle needing a locker in Lehigh Valley, letting him go seems like the most likely option now.