Phillies Prospect Report: Cornelius Randolph On Fire Before All-Star Break

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 03: A view of the front of the special edition 4th of July jersey worn by Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park on July 3, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 3-2. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 03: A view of the front of the special edition 4th of July jersey worn by Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park on July 3, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 3-2. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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CLEARWATER, FL – FEBRUARY 20: Tom Eshelman #71 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait on February 20, 2018 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /

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.

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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.

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