The Spencer Howard era begins Sunday
The Phillies game last night was postponed due to the terrible weather in Philadelphia. Just another delay in the Phillies 60-game season which will result in another double-header on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park against the Braves.
The good news, is that the Phillies have informed none other than Spencer Howard that he will be called up from the satellite camp in Lehigh Valley to start one of the seven-inning games on Sunday.
The Spencer Howard era in Philadelphia is finally here. The moment we have all been waiting for since the end of last season has arrived. A home grown pitcher, the Phillies top prospect, our future ace, has arrived. This might be the most anticipated Phillies start since the likes of Aaron Nola in 2015 or Cole Hamels in 2006.
The move comes due to the fact that Zach Wheeler and Aaron Nola both pitched in Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Yankees. Since the Phillies literally have almost a half-dozen double headers left on the schedule, it looks like Howard will be here to stay as the 6th arm in the rotation to balance out the work load moving forward.
The Phillies did the right thing at the beginning of the season by not adding him immediately to the roster in order to preserve six full years of club control. By waiting to bring call him up, the Phillies assured that he wouldn’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2026 season.
Howard is an absolute stud. From an upper 90’s fastball to a changeup, slider, and curveball, Howard’s command and variety of strong pitches gives him all the tools in the toolbox to excel in the majors.
The journey begins Sunday.