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.