The Phillies selected the contracts of pitchers Garrett Cleavinger, JoJo Romero, and Mauricio Llovera and added them to their 40-man roster. they also traded infielder Curtis Mead to the Rays for LHP Christopher Sanchez. The Phillies 40-man stands at 39 players.
Cleavinger is a left-handed reliever whom the Orioles drafted in the 3rd round in 2015. The Phillies acquired him before the trading deadline in 2017 with Hyun Soo Kim as part of the Jeremy Hellickson deal. The Orioles also received cash. Cleavinger pitched for Reading in 2019 and compiled a 3-2 record with a 3.66 ERA in 51.2 innings pitched, with 34 walks (5.9 BB9), and 83 strike outs (14.5 K9).
Romero is a left-handed starter who is probably headed to the bullpen after his success with Scottsdale in the AFL. He was drafted by the Phillies in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. He competed as a starter in Reading and Lehigh Valley in 2019. He compiled a combined 7-9 record with a 5.82 ERA in 24 starts, 111.1 innings pitched with 47 walks (3.8 BB9), and 92 strike outs (7.4 K9).
Mauricio Llovera is a right-handed starter signed by the Phillies as a 19-year-old international free agent in 2015 out of Venezuela. He advanced steadily through the system and played in Reading in 2019. He compiled a 3-4 record with a 4.55 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts) and 65.1 innings with 28 walks (3.9 BB9) and 72 strike outs (9.9 K9). His slider was touted as the best in the system prior to the 2018 season. He has often been described as a future bullpen pitcher. It may happen this season. His 2019 season was shortened by 2 visits to the 7-day IL, the second was season-ending.
Christopher Sanchez was signed by the Rays as an international free agent in 2014 as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. He spent all but 2 appearances of his first 5 seasons in rookie ball (3 in the DSL, 2 in the Appalachian League). He looked impressive in Australia in 2018 (1.76 ERA in 8 appearances for Perth). He looked good in Advanced A and Full A in 2019 but not so good in his one appearance in AAA. Even with his disastrous AAA appearance, he posted a combined 4-1, 2.26 in 75.2 innings with 26 walks (3.1 BB9), and 73 strike outs (8.7 K9). He is currently struggling in winter ball.
Curtis Mead is an 18-year-old infielder the Phillies signed in 2017 as an international free agent out of Australia as a 16-year-old. He played his first two professional seasons in the GCL and was coming off a .285/351/.462/.813 slash in 44 games, 175 plate appearances. He hit 4 HR, 12 doubles, and had 19 RBI. He walked 13 times (7.4%) and struck out 23 times 13.1%). He played 2 seasons for Adelaide in the ABL, and is playing with Perth and his former Phillies team mates – Mitchell Edwards and Rixon Wingrove.