The Phillies currently have two lefties in their bullpen and to be fair, there are question marks around both of them. Now, they’ve added a third, who also brings with him some doubts. Just prior to the trade deadline, the Phillies sent Triple-A reliever/starter Jacob Waguespack to Toronto for 30-year old Aaron Loup.
Since being drafted by Toronto in the ninth round of the 2009 Draft, Loup has made 369 relief appearances in the majors with a career mark of 12-20 with six saves and an ERA of 3.47 over all or part of seven seasons. This season with Toronto, Loup had no record and a 4.54 ERA in 50 relief appearances covering 35 2/3 innings. Loup has traditionally been used only to get left-handed hitters out.
The lefty joins Adam Morgan (0-2, 4.76) and Austin Davis (1-1, 3.72) in the bullpen. Morgan has been up-and-down this season posting a 1.76 ERA through the end of May only to post a 12.86 ERA in the month of June before settling back down to post a 3.00 ERA last month. Davis, 25, made his MLB debut on June 20th and has generally pitched well out of the bullpen but has allowed three earned runs in two innings over his past two outings against Cincinnati and Boston.
Waguespack was selected by the Phillies in the 37th round of the 2012 Draft and has worked as both a reliever and a starter since joining the organization. He made his first trip to Triple-A this season and was 3-5 with a 5.06 ERA with Lehigh Valley in eight starts and six relief appearances. Earlier this season, Waguespack, 24, pitched at Double-A Reading and was 1-1 with a 3.99 ERA. As a member of the Phillies organization he’s made 31 starts and 83 relief appearances with a career minor league mark of 17-16 with a 3.67 ERA.
Toronto assigned Waguespack to Triple-A Buffalo and the Phillies sent Loup to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.