Tyler Cloyd Called Up, Will Start Tonight Against New YorkBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
The Phillies have called up the young pitcher to start in place of Cole Hamels, who has been scratched from his scheduled start against the New York Mets tonight. Hamels will miss Wednesday’s game because of a stomach illness.
Cloyd has enjoyed a very successful season in the minor leagues, going 12-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 22 starts for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. On Tuesday, the 25-year old was named the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher for 2012.
Despite his dominance in the minor leagues, the Phillies have been reluctant to call up Cloyd because of his physical limitations. He doesn’t throw very hard, and relies on precise location and control to record his outs.
Whether he’s a legitimate major-league pitcher or not, Cloyd’s stellar year in Triple A has earned him a couple of big league starts, and it will be interesting to see how well, if at all, his success carries over when he faces major-league hitters.
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