The Phillies Promote Top Prospect Orion Kerkering To The MLB
Not many guys pull off going from Low A to the Major Leagues in a single season. But that is exactly what Orion Kerkering is about to do. The Phillies have called up their best bullpen prospect to the MLB. It is the latest example of the Phillies letting a guy move through the farm system quickly, after they tried to do the same thing with Andrew Painter before his injury. Matt Gelb was the first to report the move.
Matt Gelb on Twitter: "Sources: The Phillies are promoting Orion Kerkering to the majors today. The hard-throwing righty reliever started the season at Low-A Clearwater and now he's in the bigs. They'll see what he's got. / Twitter"
Sources: The Phillies are promoting Orion Kerkering to the majors today. The hard-throwing righty reliever started the season at Low-A Clearwater and now he's in the bigs. They'll see what he's got.
If you have not heard the Orion Kerkering before, there is reason to be excited about him. He is a flamethrower. His Fastball sits in the upper 90s and regularly reaches triple digits. It even touches 102 occasioanlly. But he is not all speed, because he also has a nasty slider in his arsenal.
Mitch Rupert on Twitter: "Just a beautiful back foot slider here from Orion Kerkering to pick up his only strikeout of the night pic.twitter.com/eilDqTOY3Q / Twitter"
Just a beautiful back foot slider here from Orion Kerkering to pick up his only strikeout of the night pic.twitter.com/eilDqTOY3Q
There is a good reason he received the Paul Owens Award as the best pitcher in the Phillies farm system this year. Across 4 levels he had a 1.51 ERA. In 53.2 innings, he struck out 79 batters. He started the year in Low-A and threw 10.1 scoreless innings there before finally getting called up to High-A, where he had an ERA of 1.77 ERA. And once he got up to AA, his ERA sat at 2.05. He even threw 1 scoreless inning in AAA.
The 22-year-old should get his first taste of the big leagues now. And the Phillies can use him, with their bullpen struggling for most of the last two months. If he pitches well enough, he could even make the Post-Season roster. Technically he is ineligible because he was not on the 40-man roster before September 1st. But there can be exceptions to that rule if teams file an injury petition.
Kerkering has the making of a future closer. For now, he will try and help the team seal the first Wildcard in what will likely be a situational role.
According to Scott Lauber, Orion Kerkering is eligible to pitch in the postseason
Scott Lauber on Twitter: "Kerkering, who is eligible for the postseason roster because he was in the organization on Aug. 31, will be the first #Phillies player since Aaron Nola to make his major league debut one year after getting drafted. https://t.co/XAN8kbrJPY / Twitter"
Kerkering, who is eligible for the postseason roster because he was in the organization on Aug. 31, will be the first #Phillies player since Aaron Nola to make his major league debut one year after getting drafted. https://t.co/XAN8kbrJPY
Every Member of the Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame
It has become a tradition for the Phillies to induct at least one player every season onto their Wall of Fame. The tradition started back in 1978 with Robin Roberts and has continued every season up until now. It is a way to honor some of the Phillies All-Time Greats. With their name going up on the wall either in the 200 level at Veteran’s Stadium or now in the Left Field Plaza at Citizen’s Bank Park.
We already saw two names, former owner Ruly Carpenter, and former GM John Quinn, go up onto the wall this season. But there is one more name waiting to go up on the wall this season. Tonight, Scott Rolen is being inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame. He will join 46 other Phillies legends who have already been inducted.
Whether or not Rolen belongs up there is a matter of some debate among fans. Not because people don’t think he is good enough. He is undoubtedly one of the best 3rd basemen in Phillies history, with only Mike Schmidt and Dick Allen ahead of him. But fans still feel some type of way about Rolen forcing his way out of Philly, to land in St Louis. A place he dubbed “baseball heaven.” And even 20 years later, many fans still have not forgiven the recently inducted Hall of Famer.
Regardless of what some fans think, or want, he is going up on that wall. But who is he joining up on that wall?
Here are the names already up on the wall: