Another Young Arm Added
The remake continues and the parade of pitchers does the same.
Another young arm is now in Phillies pinstripes with today’s trade of Marlon Byrd to the Reds for RHP Ben Lively, who was their #6 prospect and minor league Player Of The Year. Within minutes of the trade announcement, Lively sent the following tweet:
“Gonna miss all my boys from at the Reds, crazy how fast this game can change! Really excited to start a new chapter with the Phillies.”
He was drafted in the 26th round by Cleveland in 2010, went to Central Florida University and was selected by the Reds in the fourth round two summers ago. After 0-4 in his first pro season, he was 13-7 between A and AA in 2014.
From the Cincinnati Reds minor league All-Stars story:
Right-handed starting pitcher — Ben Lively, Bakersfield (13 games), Pensacola (13 games): Lively was a fourth-round pick last year, and his 2014 campaign rocketed him to the No. 6 spot on MLB.com’s rankings of the Reds system. The 22-year-old Florida native came out and dominated in the California League, putting up a 0.74 ERA through his first eight starts there. He struck out 10 in back-to-back April games, and whiffed 95 in 75 innings there.
“Obviously, Bakersfield, and the whole league, favors hitters. He neutralized opponents’ lineups and mixed his pitches well,” Reds director of player development Jeff Graupe said. “Any time you put up an ERA in the ones for the better part of two months, you go beyond what everyone could hope for, especially since we challenged him to go right into the Cal League and spend the whole year there.”
Lively forced a promotion, though. After making the big jump to Pensacola (AA), he had a 3.88 ERA and piled up 76 strikeouts in 72 innings. He walked 52 over the course of the whole season.
Since the season ended, the Phillies have acquired, in addition to Lively:
LHP Elvis Araujo (free agent), 23-year-old reliever
LHP Joely Rodriguez (trade), 23-year old starter
LHP Andy Oliver (Rule 5), 27-year-old reliever
LHP Tom Windle (trade), 22-year-old starter
RHP Zach Elfin (trade), 20-year-old starter
Building for the future is the theme.