In the midst of a breakout season, Brandon Leibrandt will have some forced time off because of left elbow inflammation. The left-hander was placed on the Lehigh Valley DL today.
Leibrandt pitched a shutout inning on Saturday against Rochester. The 25-year old was moved primarily to a relief role this season at triple-a but has made six spot starts for the IronPigs. Overall, he’s pitched in 20 games and is 4-1 with a 1.42 ERA and opponents are batting just .192 against him this season. He’s also pitched to an impressive 0.868 WHIP.
The Phillies drafted Leibrandt in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft out of Florida State University. Coming into the season, Leibrandt had worked as a starter in the Phillies minor league system and made a combined 25 starts last season with Reading and Lehigh Valley, going 11-5 with a 3.62 ERA between the two stops. The move was made in part because of a number of young starting pitching prospects in the organization who were ahead of Leibrandt on the Phillies depth chart, pushing him to the bullpen.
In his six starting opportunities this season, Leibrandt has also been productive, posting a 1-0 record with a 1.46 ERA. Overall, he’s 4-1, 1.42 for Lehigh Valley.
Leibrandt’s roster spot will be taken by reliever Ranfi Casimiro, who was moved to Lehigh Valley from double-a Reading.
The Phillies also released Alexi Amarista from the IronPigs roster and have signed veteran infielder/outfielder Ryan Goins to a minor league deal and have assigned him to Lehigh Valley.