The Phillies 2007 first round draft choice, Joe Savery, was called up from AA Reading to take a place in the Lehigh Valley rotation. Savery, 23, was taken 19th overall of the 2007 draft out of Rice University with the 19th pick in the draft. After a dominant first half of the year, during which he went 12-1, Savery has struggled during his last several outings, going 1-3 with a 8.71 ERA in his last 4 starts. On the year, Savery is 12-4 with a 4.41 ERA in 21 starts. He has walked 53 and struck out 77 in his 112.1 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .262 against him (just .183 with RISP) and he has given up 13 home run balls.
Savery is known as a fierce competitor and also swings a good bat after playing first base at Rice. Savery, a lefty, throws a low 90’s fastball, a change and a slider that has been developing well. Savery does have to work on his pick off move, as runners have run on him at a high rate.
To make room on the Lehigh Valley roster, Tyson Brummett was sent back down to Reading. Brummett struggled in his only AAA start having given up 5 runs in 4 innings of work.
Vance Worley bounced back from several consecutive rough outings last night with six shutout innings in the Reading 2-0 victory last night. Scott Mathieson and Sergio Escalona completed the shutout for the RPHILS.