The Phillies have prompted a fanbase-wide rush to Google, calling up Iron Pigs reliever Luis Garcia. Phillipe Aumont has been sent to AAA in a corresponding move. Mike Adams has been shifted to the 60-day DL to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
To quote one Cormican on Luis Garcia: "I only ever thought of Garcia as org. filler." The 26-year old righty is with his third organization (he's spent time with the Dodgers, who he signed with out of the Dominican Republic, and the Nationals), and to say he's been enigmatic is a bit of an understatement. His K/9 has shifted between 3.12 to 15.75, his BB/9 between 1.90 to 10.38, and his HR/9 between 0.00 and .92. Sample size caveats apply, but getting a bead on young Garcia is not an easy thing.
That said, to paraphrase one JoeCatz, a lot of people might have said that about Jason Grilli a couple years ago, too. And Garcia has been solid this year, posting 9.3 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, and .7 HR/9 across Lakewood, Reading, and Lehigh Valley. This all adds up to a 1.67 ERA over 37.2 innings. Is he out of left field? No, he's a reliever. But metaphorically, his callup certainly is. Still, we need some heartwarming stories on this team, and a dude making his MLB debut who, one year ago, was out of baseball and pursuing a career as a barber and a mover qualifies for sure.
You all know Phillippe Aumont. The tall Canadian enigma and talk radio bete noire has not been the best this year, with a great 8.84 K/9, and a Jonathan Sanchezian 6.05 BB/9. Good thing he didn't give up any dingers, huh? We have to hope the Great French Hope puts it together eventually, but it can't hurt to have that happen in Lehigh Valley for a bit. Also, there's this:
At least we can all agree that Glen Macnow is a jerk.
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