Left-hander Joe Savery, the Phillies first-round pick in the 2007 draft, has struggled in his first full season of professional ball. The former two-way star at Rice is just 3-7 with a 4.84 ERA for Class-A Clearwater.
Don't list your first-baseman's mit on eBay just yet, Joe. Yesterday against Tampa, the 22-year-old southpaw allowed four runs in five innings, the latest in a string of poor starts this season by the 6-3, 215-pound hurler. He's 2-6 with a 6.45 ERA in his last ten starts. Savery was taken 19th in the ’07 draft, slipping out of the top 10 because of concerns over his shoulder. According to scouts cited by Baseball Prospectus, something's decidedly unsavory about Savery this season.
“After a good start to the season, Savery has been getting hammered of late, giving up 57 hits in his last 35 2/3 innings," they write. "Some scouts are worried that something else is wrong, as his stuff has been way off as well.”