Tom Eshelman, RHP, Lehigh Valley
Tom Eshelman had a superb season last year going 13-3 with a 2.40 ERA. In 2018, he hasn’t been able to find what made him so successful in 2017.
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This year Eshelman has a 1-7 record and a 6.32 ERA. He’s been struggling to go deep into ballgames. He’s had four starts have been four innings or shorter. Only five of his starts have gone past the fifth inning. He will have to find a way to go deeper into games if he wants to make it to the Phillies.
Eshelman will also have to start finding ways to keep opponents off the scoreboard if he wants to make it to the big leagues. In ten of his seventeen starts, Eshelman has surrendered at least three earned runs. He gave up five runs twice, six runs twice and seven runs twice.
Those two seven-run outings came in back to back starts at the beginning of June.
In those starts against Toledo and Buffalo, Eshelman threw a combined four innings and gave up fourteen runs on seventeen hits.
On Sunday, his struggles continued when he made a start against Rochester. He pitched 6.2 innings, giving up ten hits and five earned runs. Opponents are now hitting .343 against Eshelman this year. That needs to improve.