First Prospect from Hamels Trade to Make Phillies Debut
The Phillies will are about to put to the test one of the prospects they received in the Cole Hamels deal.
Pitcher Jerad Eickhoff will make his Phillies debut tonight against the Miami Marlins.
Eickhoff came to the Phillies on July 31st, the MLB trade deadline, when the Hamels deal that was originally struck on July 29th was made official. Since then, he has a 2-1 record with a strong 2.49 ERA for the Triple-A IronPigs. He is ranked as the Phillies’ 15th-best prospect.
Philly Mag analyzed Eickhoff in a recent prospect roundup: He has a fastball steadily between 91-95 miles per hour, which he can occasionally bring up to 97 mph. He led the Texas League — when he was still in the Rangers system — in strikeouts last year, with 144. And he has a strong slider and curveball, but can struggle with his changeup and overall command.
Eickhoff will face off against Kendry Flores (1-1, 2.35 ERA), who is making his starting pitching debut for the Fish. Flores had previously pitched out of the Marlins bullpen.
Expect more prospects from the Hamels trade to make Phillies appearances when MLB teams expand their rosters to 40 players on September 1st.
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