Vincent Velasquez‘ performance over his first four starts in a Phillies uniform has made people forget all about former closer Ken Giles, the man for whom he and a handful of others were traded. ‘Vinny from Philly’, ‘Vinny Velo’, whatever the nickname you want to use, he is in the NL’s top six in ERA, WHIP and strikeouts.
It’s still early, but Velasquez appears to be the real deal, a true potential longterm top of the rotation starting pitcher. There was no denying he had an awesome fastball when the Astros traded him, but they felt a proven closer was a bigger need than another big arm starter as their organization was situated.
It’s now looking like Velasquez will be a mainstay in the Phils rotation for years to come. Making at or near major league minimum dollars, he won’t be arbitration eligible until 2019.
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