Spencer Howard will finally make his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Howard awed fans during his Summer Camp outings when he tossed three scoreless innings and flashed great breaking pitches. There were many fans and players alike advocating for Howard to stay on the team out of camp, but the Phillies delayed his arrival to exercise an extra year of team control. Howard only needed to spend six days in Lehigh Valley at the start of the season for the Phillies to retain him for another year.
The 24-year-old has been the Phillies top pitching prospect for sevearl years now and made some noise at the end of last year when he made six starts in Double-A. The righthander has pitched just 30.2 innings above A-ball, but the Phillies believe in his stuff.
Howard also impressed in the Arizona Fall League, where each MLB team's top prospects compete after the minor league season is over. Howard had a miniscule 2.11 ERA in six starts and struck out 27 batters in just over 21 innings.
Howard will join a rotation that features Aaron Nola, Zach Wheeler, Jake Arrieta, Zach Eflin, and Vince Velasquez. With 14 doubleheaders in the remaining 53 games, the Phillies could operate a six-man rotation to ease the burden on each starter. The team's starting pitching has generally done well, pitching to a 3.72 ERA over the first seven games. The bullpen, however, has struggled mightly with a 7.89 ERA.