It started with promise, with people pining to see Joe Savery in the bullpen. It ended with Savery wondering where he once against fits in the Phillies organization.
A former pitcher-turned-first-baseman-turned-pitcher, Savery found himself in Triple-A in 2011 as a budding star in the Iron Pigs bullpen. Also a former first round selection, Savery posted a 1.50 ERA between Clearwater, Reading, and Lehigh Valley in ’11, striking out 41 in 36 innings. With the obvious need for a situational left in the majors, it looked like another move forward was coming.
To start 2012, he found himself in the Phillies bullpen, in exactly that role. It just wasn’t as easy as it appeared a year earlier. Between April 9 and June 27, Savery made 17 appearances with the Phillies, just nine of them scoreless. Savery was optioned back to L.V. shortly after a five-run implosion against the Pirates on June 27. He’d return to the big league club for two more games in July, but that would be it. ...