Tirado was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday. Tirado will head to Lehigh Valley after passing through waivers untouched. The 22-year-old hurler struggled last season, compiling a combined 4.07 ERA across multiple minor-league levels while walking 60 batters in 77.1 innings. He also dealt with a shoulder injury and has yet to exceed 80 innings as a pro, so a full-time move to the bullpen seems likely in 2018.
Tirado was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Monday. It comes as little surprise that Tirado failed to survive the Rule 5 roster deadline, seeing as he issued 60 walks in 77.1 innings in the minors last season. He also missed time with a shoulder injury and has yet to exceed even 80 innings as a pro. A full-time move to the bullpen in 2018 seems likely, whether it's with the Phillies or another organization.
Tirado was placed on the disabled list at Double-A Reading with a right shoulder strain, Harold Hoch of the Reading Eagle reports. Tirado has made 10 appearances since being promoted to Reading in July, and has a 6.75 ERA with an 8:19 K:BB in 12 innings. He's at risk of losing his 40-man roster spot this winter given the lack of improvement with his control this season.
Tirado was promoted to Double-A Reading this week and moved to the bullpen, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Tirado was 5-4 with a 3.75 ERA and a 57:37 K:BB in 62.1 innings at High-A Clearwater this season. His high-90s fastball gives him the potential to be a weapon in relief if his control starts to improve. He already has a spot on the 40-man roster, which could help him earn a look in Philly in September when rosters expand.
Tirado is 4-4 with a 49:31 K:BB in 54.1 innings at High-A Clearwater. Tirado entered the season with some hype after he posted a 1.98 ERA and 80:20 K:BB in his final 50 innings (10 starts) with Low-A Lakewood last year. That growth hasn't carried over into this season as his strikeout rate has dropped to 8.2 K/9 while his walk rate remains lofty at 5.2 BB/9. The 22-year-old has a spot on the Phillies' 40-man roster, but he still seems far away from seeing any time in the majors. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Phillies move him back to the bullpen at some point down the road given his continuing command problems.
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