Phillies Prospect Update: Who is trending heading towards the trade deadline?

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24: Carlos Santana #41 of the Philadelphia Phillies talks to General Manager Matt Klentak prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on April 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24: Carlos Santana #41 of the Philadelphia Phillies talks to General Manager Matt Klentak prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on April 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Trending Down: Mauricio Llovera, RHP, Clearwater

Llovera isn’t a household name in the Phillies’ farm system, but he’s had some decent numbers in the last few years.

The highest his ERA has been for a full season before this year was 3.35. This year his ERA is 4.35 in 14 starts and one relief appearance. He has a 2-7 record and has struggled of late.

In his last ten games, Llovera is 0-5 with a 5.62 ERA in 49.2 innings of work. He’s only pitched into the sixth inning three times in that stretch and has two starts that ended after three and two-thirds innings. He has to find a way to get deeper into his starts.

He likely won’t be part of a Machado trade, but he is the type of player the Orioles might take a flyer on. He’s had good numbers before and this is his first season being a full-time starting pitcher.

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