The right-hander will serve as depth for the twin bill. Lively owns a 2.48 ERA in 36.1 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year, striking out 24 and walking five. Lively delivered for the IronPigs with an 11-5 record and a 3.06 ERA last season, as well. Despite that success, he's lost steam as a prospect.
Lively was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday.
It was an uneventful stint for Lively; he made no appearances for the Phillies while serving as a replacement for paternity-bound Pat Neshek. The young right-hander will continue his development in the minors for now, but certainly could be in line for another call-up later this season.
It appears the promotion only serves as a temporary bullpen replacement for Pat Neshek, who will miss a few games on paternity leave. Regardless, Lively may get the opportunity to make his major-league debut if needed. The former fourth-round pick has a 4.09 ERA with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season after posting impressive numbers in 2016, but has never pitched in relief.
Lively was optioned to minor league camp on Friday.
Lively was in the conversation for a call-up near the end of last season, but the Phillies decided to keep him at Triple-A. Although he struggled to a 6.97 ERA in 10.1 innings this spring, the 25-year-old posted a combined 2.95 ERA across 170.2 innings between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2016. He'll head back to Triple-A to start the season, and if he continues to pitch well there, he could earn a promotion sometime in 2017.
He was believed to be a candidate for a late-season promotion in 2016 but Lively never got the call, as it seems the Phillies were content with his workload (170.2 innings). The results were fantastic for Lively last season and he hardly missed a beat upon his promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, although his strikeout rate did fall from 23.8 percent to 19.6 percent with the jump between levels.
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|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AA-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||3||6||3.88||13||13||0||0||0||72.0||60||32||31||7||4||36||76|
|2015||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||8||7||4.13||25||25||1||0||0||143.2||160||69||66||14||7||45||111|
|2016||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||11||5||3.06||19||19||1||1||0||117.2||83||45||40||10||3||27||90|
|2016||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||7||0||1.87||9||9||0||0||0||53.0||35||11||11||1||0||15||49|