Lehigh Valley’s Crowded Rotation Taking Shape


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Prior to anything else happening, the IronPigs had a fairly crowded rotation. David Buchanan, Jesse Biddle, and Severino Gonzalez were on the AAA staff, and the big league 40 man rotation, while Anthony Vasquez, Jason Berken, and Sean O’Sullivan were not. Now Alec Ascher and Jerad Eichoff are on their way to town too. That’s eight starters, and maybe six slots.

The Phillies appear on their way to solving that issue. Severino Gonzalez went on the DL last night with a bicep issue, while David Buchanan will be called up tonight to start in Philadelphia. That leaves the staff at six. Reading has a full rotation with this week’s trades, and there isn’t room to stash an arm there right now. The Pigs could just go forward with six starters though.

The best solution for the Phillies is to finally start trimming down some of the “organizational arms.” Sean O’Sullivan and Jerome Williams took one for the team this year, going out and pitching innings against simply superior competition, but neither really serves a purpose moving forward. O’Sullivan has the least upside in AAA, and only serves to block someone there. Williams blocks Buchanan in Philadelphia. I get that the Phillies could also trade Harang soon, and they will shut down Nola and Morgan eventually (most likely at least), so there will be future need for bodies to fill up the ranks. After this week’s trades though, there are more compelling cases to be made for virtually all of the AAA arms to throw in the majors. I don’t see a lot of point to keeping these guys around if it means taking innings away from younger arms.

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