If you haven’t heard, former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Brad Lincoln is now a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was traded to the team yesterday for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Lincoln has spent split time between the major and minor leagues. What will his role with the Phillies be?
Lincoln has been in the league since 2010. He began his career as a starter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. That did not work out to well. As Last season when Lincoln moved to the Blue Jays, they saw him more as a relief pitcher. He had an ERA of 3.98, which is high for a bullpen pitcher. He also had 22 walks, which is also high. Lincoln only pitched 31 innings and had 25 strikeouts, which is decent.
Lincoln’s role is going to be a reliever for the Phillies for now. Hopefully, he will be able to get more experience and improve his numbers. Since he was a starter, I am sure that if the Phillies needed him to start a game in an emergency, he would be able to step up and do it. Lincoln just has to prove that he can endure a whole season in the big leagues.
The Phillies have been looking for pitching help as their bullpen had consistent of mostly rookies this past season. Lincoln many not have had too much experience in the majors, but he isn’t just jumping into it. Lincoln could be one step in the right direction for the bullpen. He just has to stay confident and work hard. How he impacts the team will be fun to watch.