The Padres come into this series with their top three starters all holding ERAs over 4.45. This prompted them to call up their No. 14 prospect, Jacob Nix, to face the Phillies this Friday.
Nix was a third-round pick in 2015 out of the Florida powerhouse, IMG Academy. The 22-year-old has pitched well in Double-A. He has allowed just 12 runs in 58 innings of work this year.
Nix has a fastball that sits around 93-95 mph and can hit 97. He has a plus curveball to go along with it, along with a developing changeup. His command is strong with a 4.5 percent walk rate this season.
One thing working in the Phillies’ favor is that Nix has been much more hittable in the second half of the season. His opponents average against has skyrocketed from .148 to .278 since the mid-summer classic.