Cloyd To Start In Place Of Hamels – Phillies Nation

Cloyd To Start In Place Of Hamels

Tyler Cloyd has taken the International League by storm this season. Now he'll have a shot in the big leagues.

For months now, Phillies fans have yearned to see Tyler Cloyd in red pinstripes, standing on the mound for the big league club. After a seemingly endless wait, they’ll finally get their wish, albeit probably not in the circumstances they envisioned.

Cloyd will start tonight against the New York Mets in place of left-hander Cole Hamels, who is reportedly on the shelf with a gastrointestinal illness.

Cloyd, 25, is having what has been, without question, his best year as a professional baseball player. In 22 starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, he has posted a 12-1 record, with a 2.35 ERA and 93 strikeouts to 38 walks. He was recently named the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher. He has pitched remarkably, to be sure. Over the course of this season, he’s gone from relative unknown to an obsession.

The success Cloyd has had has caused many fans and pundits to suggest he should be pitching in the big leagues. Most have argued that, with the team all but eliminated from playoff contention, it’s a no-brainer to slide him into the injured Vance Worley’s spot in the rotation and see if Cloyd can be a legitimate contributor on this team in the future.

On the opposite end of the forum, Ruben Amaro Jr. has been obstinate in his stance that he doesn’t believe Cloyd can provide anything more than what the team already has on the big league roster and will remain in the minors until that changes. Cloyd has also been met with much skepticism from scouts, who are unimpressed with his inability to regularly hit 90 MPH on the radar gun, despite being a 25-year old Triple-A pitcher.

Service time also likely played a part in the decision to keep Cloyd in the minors. The Phillies could hold off on promoting Cloyd until September 1, when rosters expand, and prevent him from accruing major league service time.

But with Hamels’s illness, Amaro’s hand has been forced. He now has no choice but to summon the right-hander, who was originally slated to make a start on regular rest tonight in Lehigh Valley. Depending on which end of the Cloyd argument you stand, the fact that he was tonight’s scheduled LHV starter can either be viewed as serendipitous or unfortunate. It’s all moot now.

7:05 tonight, Phillies fans, you’ll finally get to see what all the buzz is about.

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  1. DCmikey

    August 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I called that as soon as I heard that Cole was out. Bc Tyler (was) is pitching for the Iron Pigs.

    Poor Iron Pigs who are fighting for a WC Spot. Ha

    I predict Cloyd does NO WORSE than Vance did last night. Remember he gives up hits and only tops 88 on his fastball…so, 6ip, 8 hits, 4er. ND.

    Time for Ruf to be called up this weekend!! Howard can sit for a few games.


    August 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Looking forward to watching Cloyd. And since Brown has a gimpy knee, lets bring up Darrin Ruf to play some left field. Let’s see that award-winning swing.

  3. Tom

    August 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Not only do I look forward to Tyler starting a game, but I also look forward to Charlie resigning! He left Tony Bastard in to face Kelly Shppach!! Does he even read scouting reports? He doesn’t want to have to get his a** off the bench to make changes!! The Ryno Era can’t start soon enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. bacardipr

    August 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Well many posters on here and on other sites have been clamoring for this. So im sure they got their panties wet. While sometimes gems are found this way by giving someone a chance and see what happens. I also believe sometimes the scouts/mangers coaches etc you know the professionals. Have a reason for not calling someone up besides posting impressive #’s in the minors. We’ve seen this year a bunch as the Phils uncharacteristically due to necessity have called up a few minor league players this years. Rosenberg, Diekman and Savery. Sometimes there is some flaw in there game that the pro’s know about and that’s why they arent called up or reluctantly called up.

  5. Jeffrey Brand

    August 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    He left Rosenberg in against Shoppach, but that’s besides the point. Ruff should stay down and helpLVH, plus break Howard record down there. I think Charlie is soon out the door. If we cant at leastt win the national league by 2015. He given us so much win you can’t forget that. Cloyd will do great tonight due to never been seen before in the majors.

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