Maurio Llovera was your selection as the #20 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Llovera received 42 of the 175 votes cast (24.00%). Arquimedes Gamboa received 24 votes (13.71%). Kyle Young received 21 votes (12.00%), and Darick Hall received 19 votes (10.86%). Twenty-four guys shared the other 69 votes.
The Phillies signed Llovera as an international free agent out of Venezuela on February 12, 2015.
Llovera began his career in the VSL. He posted a 2-4 record with a 3.23 ERA. Used primarily as a starter (10 of 11 appearances), he pitched 47.1 innings. He struck out 43 (8.2 BB9) and walked 17 (3.2 BB9). He had a 1.120 WHIP.
Llovera moved stateside to the GCL for his age 20 season (note that this was still below league average). He was one of three pitchers to dominate the 2016 GCL along with Sixto Sanchez and Nick Fanti. Llovera went 7-1 with a 1.87 ERA and 0.962 WHIP. Again used primarily as a starter (10 of 11 appearances), he pitched 53.0 innings. He struck out 56 (9.5 K9) and walked 12 (2.0 BB9).
In 2017 at Lakewood, Llovera was moved to the bullpen. He made 20 appearances and posted a 1-0 record with a 2.13 ERA. In 38 innings, he struck out 40 and walked 18. He was pressed into a starters role for his final 10 appearances and posted a 1-4 record with a 4.31 ERA. In 48 innings, he struck out 54 and walked 15.
In Clearwater in 2018, Llovera was expected to return to the bullpen. But, Sixto Sanchez was struck by the flu in spring training, so the Phillies called on Llovera to start for the Threshers the first week of the season. He threw 5.0 shutout innings in his first start. His next appearance was in a game he was to piggy-back with Sixto Sanchez, who was making his first start. Sanchez went four and Llovera went one in a rain-shortened victory (Llovera got the decision). After that, Llovera performed well enough to stay in the Threshers’ rotation the rest of the season.
Llovera posted an 8-7 record with a 2.72 ERA in 22 starts. I 121.0 innings, he struck out 137 (10.2 K9) and walked 34 (2.5 BB9). He had a 1.1077 WHIP.
Llovera has a three-pitch mix. His fastball sits 93-95 mph and has touched 97 mph. His arsenal includes a slider and change up.
Llovera will probably move up to Reading. The Phillies will likely want to move him back to the bullpen again. If given a chance to start, he’ll probably be effective again and make future decisions difficult for the Phillies. Nice problem to have.
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