Phillies: 3 silver linings with Archie Bradley injury
Connor Brogdon is another reliever who the Phillies like. While he has a little less upside, he showed last year that he can also be a really solid arm for years to come.
The 26-year-old right-hander has appeared in four games and 4 2/3 innings of work. He has not surrendered a single run so far — including his 10th inning outing on Opening Day, so he has had to work with runners on base.
Brogdon has faced 16 total batters so far in 2021 — and has given up just three hits and one walk. These are also very good numbers. Last season, he also showed some promise with an xERA of 2.34 and an xFIP of 3.22.
The Phillies have a familiar-face left-hander coming back to town.
With placing Archie Bradley on the injured list, the Phillies called up left-handed reliever JoJo Romero to take his roster spot. Romero made headlines as a rookie in 2020 for drinking energy drinks before coming in to pitch, but there are other reasons why you need to know who he is.
First, he is the guy who will be called up when a reliever is hurt. He was the last reliever cut in camp and probably deserved to be on the roster over someone like David Hale.
Last season, Romero pitched pretty OK with his FIP numbers — but his ERA and xERA were nothing to be impressed with. A 3.66 FIP and 3.53 xFIP are promising for a young rookie reliever, but a 7.59 ERA and 5.17 xERA are not very good.