It’s safe to say that when the season started, 31-year-old right-hander Zach Miner was not in the Phillies’ immediate plans. The former Detroit Tiger had been bouncing around the minor leagues since 2009 after pitching to mediocre stats in parts of four years in the big leagues.
In Lehigh Valley, he pitched out of the bullpen, making spot starts occasionally and posting less than impressive numbers.
Miner pitched well until his final start, when he yielded five runs in 2 1/3 innings. AP Photo
Through June 11 his ERA was 5.01, and he had given up four or more runs in a third of his 15 outings. As the Phillies bullpen was ravaged by poor performance and injuries, Miner remained in Lehigh Valley.
Then, on Aug. 2, he was recalled by the Phillies. Amazingly, he was the ninth different reliever promoted from Lehigh Valley to Philadelphia during the season. He pitched like he had been there all year.
In his first nine appearances (14 1/3 innings) he was unscored upon in seven of them. Duri...