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2022 report card: Michael Plassmeyer

The lefty pitcher impressed after coming to the Phillies in a mid-season trade

Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies
Michael Plassmeyer looked good in his two appearances
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Most people didn’t notice when the Phillies traded for pitcher Michael Plassmeyer in a June exchange of minor leaguers. The lefty was struggling as a starter for the Giants’ AAA team and considering the Phillies would be his fourth organization in as many years, it didn’t seem that he was very well thought of as a prospect.

But Plassmeyer’s season turned around after the trade. In 16 starts at Lehigh Valley, his ERA dropped to 2.85. He pitched so well that he was called up to the majors in August, making his major league debut in an August game against the Reds. In that game, he struck out the first batter he faced on three pitches, en route to 1.1 scoreless innings.

He returned to the minors until a brief stint in the majors at season's end when he started one of the meaningless games against the Astros and had a nice showing.

The stats: 2 games, 7.1 IP, 0-1 W-L, 3.68 ERA, 3.38 FIP, 1.2 BB/9, 8.6 K/9, 0.2 bWAR

The good

Plassmeyer was uncharacteristically wild before the trade but got his walks under control upon reaching the Phillies’ system. He did so well that he was named the International League’s player of the month for August. And he gave notice that the improved performance might be for real when he looked good in his brief time in the majors.

The bad

It isn’t clear why Plassmeyer was having such problems with his control before the trade. But there was very little bad after arriving in the Phillies’ system.

The future

Plassmeyer will probably be in the Phillies camp with an outside chance to win the fifth starter job. Bailey Falter is probably the favorite to win that job, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before more highly touted prospects like Mick Abel and Andrew Painter are called upon. But early in the season, it wouldn’t be shocking if it’s Plassmeyer who gets the call when the Phillies are in need of an additional starter.

Grade: Incomplete

It’s tough to assign a grade based on two appearances but considering that teams can always use additional rotation depth, it’s a good thing that Plassmeyer has made himself a possible option.