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2023 Phillies in review: Andrew Bellatti

Andrew Bellatti had some moments in 2023, but too many of them were bad moments.

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Andrew Bellatti couldn’t sustain success in 2023
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When the Phillies opened camp in 2022, reliever Andrew Bellatti was considered a longshot to make the roster. He was a 30-year-old with just 20 career appearances to his name. But he was impressive in Spring Training, earning him a callup to the major leagues in mid-April. There were some shaky moments at the start, but by the end of the season, he was a viable middle reliever.

He was expected to serve in a similar role in 2023, but injuries and ineffectiveness kept him from making much of a positive impact.

2023 stats: 27 games, 24.2 IP, 1-0 W-L, 5.11 ERA, 9.1 K/9, 4.4 BB/9

The good

Bellatti started off the season strong, pitching in six of the Phillies’ first eight games without giving up a run.

The bad

Perhaps that workload was too much for Bellatti to handle as his effectiveness quickly waned and he suffered an injury before April ended. He never really got back on track, bouncing between the majors and minors. He’d have some good outings, but there were too many bad ones mixed in as well. One of the main problems was that his strikeout rate declined from 2022, and probably not coincidentally, he gave up both base hits and home runs at a higher rate than the season prior.

After a particularly bad outing in game one of a September doubleheader against the Braves, he was demoted to Lehigh Valley for the remainder of the season.

The future

Despite his advanced age (32), Bellatti is still under team control for several more seasons. While his current spot on the 40-man roster may be tenuous depending on whatever other moves the Phillies make this offseason, I expect him to be in camp to compete for a middle relief job.