Apparently Sunday’s abysmal performance was the final straw for the Phillies Front Office as Hector Neris is sent packing to AAA Lehigh Valley.
Phillies have sent Hector Neris to Triple A and selected contract of LHP Austin Davis from Triple A— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) June 18, 2018
Sporting a 6.00 ERA in June as the Phillies chase down 1st place in the National League East wasn’t a great look for Hector Neris. The long ball has hurt the righty this season, giving up 8 bombs in just 27 innings. It’s been apparent to anyone watching Neris this season to notice that his electrifying splitter wasn’t moving like it used to and that he’s been consistently missing his spots with all his offerings. An effective Hector Neris is a huge asset for the Phillies, but he doesn’t help them as they remain in a competitive division race.
Entering the major league picture is 25 year old lefty Austin Davis. Davis was a 12th round pick out of the 2014 MLB Draft that has produced major leaguers Aaron Nola and Rhys Hoskins. According to our friend Matt Winkelman, his fastball jumped to the mid-90’s after being converted to a full-time reliever last season. This season with Lehigh Valley and Reading he has a 2.70 ERA with 48 strikeouts to 10 walks in 36.2 innings.