Alberto Tirado, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the Ben Revere trade during the 2015 season, started last year in a relief role before being sent to extended spring training where he was transitioned to the rotation. His high-90s fastball and slider help generate a ton of strikeouts, but he has struggled to locate for most of his professional career. The Phillies worked with him on making adjustments to have better command of the baseball last season and the results are starting to show. He walked 10 batters in 18.1 innings in July, but walked only 11 in 32 innings in August and September. He still has work to do, but if things come together he has front of the rotation potential thanks to his ability to miss bats.
Tirado was optioned to minor league camp Monday, Meghan Montemurro of The Wilmington News Journal reports. Tirado made two appearances this spring and allowed two runs over three innings with a pair of strikeouts and a walk. He is expected to open the year at High-A Clearwater.
Tirado was added to the Phillies' 40-man roster on Friday. The Phillies opted to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, as expected. Tirado has an electric arm, and the results finally started to match up with his raw stuff in 2016, specifically in the second half. He posted a 1.98 ERA and 80:20 K:BB in his final 50 innings (10 starts) with Low-A Lakewood. The 6-foot righty will head to High-A as a 22-year-old in 2017, but could move quickly to Double-A if he picks up where he left off last season.
Tirado is 6-1 with a 3.58 ERA and an 86:35 K:BB in 55.1 innings for Low-A Lakewood this season. Tirado, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the Ben Revere trade last season, started the season in a relief role before being sent to extended spring training where he was transitioned to the rotation. The Phillies also worked with him on making adjustments to have better command of the baseball and the results are starting to show. He walked 10 in 18.1 innings in July and has walked 10 in 26 innings in August. He still has work to do, but if things come together he could be a very useful asset thanks to his high strikeout rate.