Savery Picks Up A Bat
Rick Ankiel resurrected his career when he stepped off the mound and grabbed a bat.
Joe Savery could do the same.
Phillies assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said yesterday that Savery will see some time this season as a hitter with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He also said the Phillies are considering bringing him to the instructional league to hit.
Savery, the team’s first-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, is 1-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 24 games (16 starts) with the IronPigs. He moved to the bullpen earlier this season, but returned to the rotation because of various injuries and roster moves.
Savery played college baseball at Rice, where he hit .360 with 18 doubles, four home runs and 54 RBIs in 64 games as a senior. He has hit .273 (6-for-22) with one double, one home run and two RBIs this season in limited at-bats with Lehigh Valley.
“We still think of him — and I still think he thinks of himself — as a potential Major League starter,” LaMar said. “He has struggled as a pitcher and he has shown some promise as a hitter. We knew he had the ability at home plate, but we wanted to let him pitch and let him get to the Triple-A level and see where pitching takes him. So we’ll give him the opportunity to hit in a couple games this year, and hopefully, we’ll bring him to instructional league and let him continue to swing a bat.”