(Photo courtesy Lakewood BlueClaws)
It was just 11 days ago when Jose Taveras made his Double-A debut against Erie, giving up three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. Five days later, he pitched much better against Altoona – 6 IP, 2 ER – but suffered his first Double-A loss. Tonight, the 23-year old makes his Triple-A debut with Lehigh Valley to open a key three-game series in Rochester. The Red Wings trail the IronPigs by just 2 1/2 games in the International League wild-card race.
Combining his 16 starts at Clearwater this season with his two at Reading, Taveras is 6-5 and has a 2.54 ERA on the year. In 113 innings, he’s struck out 92 batters while walking just 23. He also has a 1.069 WHIP and opponents are hitting a combined .229 against him.
The right-hander was signed as an amateur free agent in November, 2013 and has worked his way steadily up the Phillies minor league ladder. Taveras led the South Atlantic League with 154 strikeouts last season, setting both a Lakewood franchise-high and a career-high 15 Ks in a game last June. Taveras started his professional career in the Dominican Summer League in 2014 and had a stretch of 32 2/3 scoreless innings.
There were a number of other moves that affected the Phillies minor league affiliates Tuesday, including Drew Anderson being recalled by the Phillies. Elsewhere, infielder Harold Martinez was reassigned from Lehigh Valley to Reading and reliever Edubray Ramos (blister on right index finger) was activated from the DL for the IronPigs. Pitcher Jacob Waguespack was added to Reading from Clearwater, pitcher Garrett Cleavinger, acquired in the trade for Jeremy Hellickson, was also added to the Reading roster, while infielder Jorge Flores was released.