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By TC Zencka | September 7, 2020 at 10:56am CDT
The Phillies recalled right-hander Connor Brogdon from their alternate training site in Lehigh Valley today while optioning fellow righty Mauricio Llovera, the team announced.
Brogdon, 25, made three appearances earlier this season for Philly, sandwiching a scoreless inning against Boston between two rough outings against the Orioles and Blue Jays, respectively. A 10th-round pick in 2017, Brogdon pitched at three levels in the Phillies’ system in 2019, finishing the year in Triple-A. He appeared in 51 games combined with a 2.61 ERA across 76 innings, showing an ability to work multi-inning stints if need be. Not necessarily considered a top prospect in part because of his role coming out of the pen, Brogdon nonetheless came in as Philadelphia’s #28 ranked prospect by Baseball America at the start of the season. Brogdon mostly relied on a 92-96 mph heater and a sinking change-up, though he could unlock further potential if he can find consistency with his occasional slider.
Llovera slotted in one spot behind Brogdon as the Phillies’ 29th ranked prospect. Forearm soreness has been a concern in the past, and he’s shuffled between starting and relieving as a result, but at his best, Llovera can hit triple digits and profiles as a power reliever. The 24-year-old Venezuelan made just one appearance for the Phillies this year, serving up four runs on five hits in just an inning of work. Still, his future remains relatively bright if he can stay healthy and continue to miss bats.