8/21/21 : Pitching Depth for the stretch
On August 10th the Phillies signed RHP Zach McAllister, a 33 year old veteran of eight major league seasons, primarily with the Cleveland Indians. He made his second appearance this morning with the FCL Phillies tossing one scoreless inning.
Today the organization signed 28 year old RHP Taylor Guerrieri to a minor league contract. He will be assigned to the Lehigh Valley roster. Taylor was the 1st round draft selection of the Tampa Rays in the 2011 draft out of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC. He was pitching for the Tacoma Rainers ( Mariners AAA affiliate ) this season and posted a 3-1 record in 22 games ( 4.61 ERA ) with 28 K’s and 12 walks. He’s appeared in 29 major league games ( 2018/2019 ) with the Blue Jays and Rangers, all as a reliever. The Mariners released him on August 12th. Taylor features a big breaking curve ball that has been described as “elite” in times past, his fast ball generally sits in the 93-95 range from what I’ve gathered, at one point in his career he flashed 98 mph with the heater. He will likely join the Iron Pigs directly.
I wanted to write a bit about two young men who were released yesterday. Catcher Mitchell Edwards ( 22 years old ) and outfielder Keaton Greenwalt ( 23 years old ) are two that we got to chat with a bit on the backfields, we also got to meet Mitchell’s dad and both of Keaton’s parents and his grandmother. It’s the business of baseball that the majority of the players won’t get to the show, at least not with their initial organization. We wish both Mitchell and Keaton well in their future endeavors whether that be baseball related or in another profession.