Making their second bold move with a young pitcher this season, the Phillies will call on 22-year-old Scott Mathieson to pitch Saturday’s game against the Devil Rays.
The move was announced in the Phillies' official pre-game notes for tonight’s game.
The right-hander went 6-2 with a 3.04 ERA with Double-A Reading. He will be skipping over Triple-A to make his major-league debut Saturday against D-Rays left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Mathieson, a 6-3 power pitcher whose fastball clocks in at 96 mph, notched 95 strikeouts in 86 innings for the R-Phils, most in the Eastern League. This is the second such move the Phillies have made this season with a young pitcher, having called up left-hander Cole Hamels earlier this year.
Mathieson, a native of British Columbia, was a member of the Canadian team in the World Baseball Classic and is a former 17th round pick of the Phillies in the June 2002 draft. He pitched last season for Class-A Clearwater and was the top-rated pitcher in the Arizona Fall League, according to Baseball America.
Prior to this, there was speculation the Phillies were positioning to move him higher in the system.