In a somewhat surprising move, the Phillies have bumped reliever Aaron Brown up to the Reading Fightins from the Clearwater Threshers. The left-hander was 2-4 with a 4.91 ERA at Clearwater and had converted four of eight save opportunities with the Threshers.
Brown started his minor league career with the Phillies as an outfielder but was converted to pitching last season. In 2017 he pitched in 14 games in relief between the Gulf Coast League Phillies and Clearwater with a combined 4.74 ERA prior to pitching with Phillies prospects in the Arizona Fall League where he allowed one earned run in three innings of work.
This season with Clearwater, Brown had struck out 41 batters in 36 2/3 innings of work but had also issued 17 walks and had a WHIP of 1.718 with the Threshers.
The 26-year old left-hander was drafted by the Phillies in the third round of the 2014 Draft out of Pepperdine University where he both pitched and played right field. In three seasons at Pepperdine, he produced a batting line of 16-76-.301/.346/.489 and went 19-4 with a 3.11 ERA in two seasons on the mound.