Thursday, May 30, 2019

Another Phils pitching prospect has undergone Tommy John surgery

Ben Brown, image- MiLB.com
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Last week, righty pitching prospect Ben Brown underwent elbow ligament reconstruction and will miss significant time while he recovers.

Brown, 19, joins his pal and fellow Long Island native Kyle Young on the shelf as both hurlers face recovery from Tommy John surgery.  Young, a pitcher with Class A Advanced Clearwater, went under the knife earlier this month.

In four games this year, Brown, the Phillies' 33rd round draft pick in 2017, did not allow a run while striking out 20 and walking three in 13 2/3 innings pitched.

Brown began to garner plenty of attention last summer when, while pitching in the rookie level Gulf Coast League, he notched a 16 strike out effort in July.  He would move up to Class A short-season Williamsport to finish his 2018 campaign.

In his brief professional career to date, the six-foot-six 210 pounder possesses a 4-4 record with 2.88 ERA and a 10.1 K/9 mark in 26 games.

Other prospect notes...

Top pitching prospect Spencer Howard continues to be sidelined due to shoulder soreness. The move to pull the right-hander is said to be precautionary, according to a source.  The 22-year-old has a 1-1 record with a 2.25 ERA and a 13.5 K/9 mark in four starts for the Clearwater Threshers this season.  The Phillies' 2nd round draft choice from 2017 pitched a no-hitter in the playoffs last year for Lakewood.  

Outfielder Adam Haseley made his Triple-A debut on Wednesday, recording a 3-for-4 effort with two doubles for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  The 23-year-old was the Phillies 1st round pick in the 2017 draft.

In 41 games with Double-A Reading this season, Haseley tallied a .268 average with seven home runs and 19 RBI to earn the promotion.

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