Tyler Cloyd’s AAA Debut

As of 930 last evening, Tyler Cloyd believed he would be the opening day starter for the Reading Phillies.  That changed quickly with a phone call and off he went to Lehigh Valley to make his AAA debut and what a debut it was.  Cloyd pitched six perfect innings, dominating the Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankees, striking out 8.  He threw just 73 pitches in his six innings, however because of early season pitch counts was removed still perfect.

Cloyd impressed last year without overpowering stuff,  with his knowledge of “how to pitch”.  That translated very well to the AAA level tonight and while I expect he is likely headed back to Reading in the short term, it would be surprising if substantial time were not spent in the Lehigh Valley by Cloyd by mid season.

14 thoughts on “Tyler Cloyd’s AAA Debut

  1. Saw Adam Morgan debut for Clearwater tonight. Because the game was played in Dunedin I was able to get pitch speeds. Morgan was 93-94 for the 4.2 innings he pitched( I’m pretty sure it was accurate because Contreras rehabbed in the first inning and was hitting 90-91 on their gun), but it must be very straight because of the 7 hits he gave up 6 were off his FB. His offspeed pitches (slider 84-85mph and change-up 78-80mph) were his out pitches tonight, of the 10 swing and misses he got 8 came on offspeed stuff. Offensively the Threshers look pretty weak, they only had 4 solidly hit balls(Lavin, Tripp, Murphy and Ashe) all night. I will post video of Morgan on you-tube at Thegkita later tonight.

    1. Sometimes I wonder if having to follow rehabbing relievers who are only there for an inning throws off the minor league starter. Yes, they can still prepare about the same, knowing they’ll start the 2nd inning, but pitchers can be weird like that.

    2. Morgan is a big strong guy so 93-94 sounds good. Most young fastball pitchers have to learn that where they throw it is important and adding some movement, even while sacrificing 2-3 mph, is worth it. I think we have a good prospect in the double bumped Morgan.

    3. That’s promising on the velo. I remember scouting reports saying he was 87-91 in college.

  2. Just wondering, what is Tyler Cloyd’s ceiling if everything breaks right for him? Andrew Carpenter? He’s fairly old already, but he did put up nice numbers last year.

      1. Floyd Youmans was a very talented pitcher, prior to arm injury. He was certainly viewed as a guy with the talent to be a #2 starter and that was at the time he had reached the bigs, not a projection from A-ball.

  3. Cloyd also has poise. He can overcome an early bad inning with many quality innings beyond that. He could start or be good for long relief in the majors. I think he has that projection.

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